Sheathing Rated Plywood

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APA rated Sheathing (pronounced sheeting) grades define veneer appearance in terms of natural unrepaired growth characteristics and allowable number and size of repairs that may be made during manufacture

Sheathing is a layer of plywood sometimes installed on floors (as subflooring), walls (keeps the neighbors from seeing what you are doing) and roofs (a buildings blanket). The plywood sheets range from 3/8ths to 5/8ths of an inch thick and come in 4×8 sheets.

To make plywood sheathing, layers of wood are shaved from trees in the same way the government removes money from our wallets: one layer at a time until there is nothing left.

If you examine plywood closely you may notice a repetition of the wood grain pattern. These patterns are similar in nature to the patterns in clouds. With some imagination, you can make out interesting images. I once found a board that looked uncannily like President Coolidge.

The growth of a global economy has generated great needs on American industry to build containers of all shapes and sizes and since a plywood sheathed crate is the most effective, it is also the most commonly used packaging product. A plywood sheathed crate is often easier to design, more durable, and costs less because it has a lower tare weight and cubic displacement. Since a plywood crate does not require diagonals, the material and installation costs of diagonals may be weighed against the packaging cost.


  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Roofs
  • Crating
  • Pallet tops
  • Cable reels
  • Truck floors
  • Boxcars
  • Refrigerated rooms
  • Signs
  • Fencing


  • Interior and exterior applications
  • Controlled moisture content in manufacturing
  • Machinability
  • Economical and versatile
  • Lightweight and strong
  • Thicker, American sourced veneer faces
  • Excellent for nail holding and glue adhesion
  • Versatile surface suited for jobs that require a smooth surface for painting, pre-finishing or laminating


Sheathing Plywood

Products: APA Trademarked designed for specific applications or with special surface treatments with specific performance requirements.  Ideal for light construction provides outstanding structural performance, an excellent choice for wall and roof assemblies in weather-protected applications.

Features and Benefits

  • APA rated, construction grade
  • Made from low density, light weight softwoods
  • Smooth, paintable surface
  • Outstanding fastener-holding ability
  • Uniform and concentrated static and impact load capacity
  • Exceptional strength and stiffness
  • APA Panels designed to meet or exceed requirements for designated applications
  • FSC® Certified panels are available


  • Thicknesses: ¼”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 7/16”,  ½”, 5/8”, and ¾”
  • Width: 48”
  • Length: 96”