Story | 06/17/2024 06:40:10 | 5 min Read time

High qualityWISA® plywood helps save costs and time

Sara Steensig

Editor, Tulus

Janne Suokas

Editor, Tulus

Experienced construction professionals understand that the cost of a building material involves more than just its price. WISA® plywood is reliable, easy to install, durable and sustainable, which will save you money, time and hassle in the end.

If you think using market-leading quality WISA® plywood from UPM will mean extra costs, read on – and think again! This article will explore the total cost of using WISA plywood and show how specialised products can save time and money throughout the construction project. In the big picture, the cheapest option is rarely the most cost-efficient.

High-quality plywood saves time and money

Using a reliable supplier of high-quality plywood is a wise long-term investment for most construction projects. Reliable deliveries and first-class service and support are crucial for staying on schedule and budget. Consistent high quality and reliable technical performance means less wastage, and when you choose a trusted manufacturer, you avoid hidden defects and unwanted surprises.

 
 

High quality WISA-Spruce is a lightweight, yet strong and rigid spruce plywood panel, especially designed for load-bearing structures such as floors, walls, roofs and ceilings. The raw material used for WISA-Spruce plywood is Finnish spruce, which is a light-density wood. The panel is strong because its structure features an unbroken, continuous wood veneer that extends from edge to edge.

The lightness of WISA-Spruce offers many advantages in transport, handling and structural design. With less weight and more panels per vehicle, transport is more economical and produces less emissions.  Additionally, it reduces physical strain on builders and requires less manpower to move, handle, and install the panels on site.

The light weight and low relative density of WISA-Spruce are advantageous for structural solutions too. They allow for expanding buildings upwards more easily and reduce strain on the foundations.

Specialised WISA products make construction and design easier

The WISA-Spruce plywood range includes special products that simplify construction in various applications. While adding time and cost saving features, these products all preserve the characteristics of an untreated WISA-Spruce panel: market-leading quality and structural performance due to strength, durability, light weight and sustainability.

 
 

Products such as WISA-SpruceFR, WISA-SpruceWR and WISA-SpruceBT are great examples of how choosing the right plywood products can ease planning and shorten the valuable time used at the building site. UPM Plywood also offers a range of market-specific machine-edged products for structural use, such as WISA-Sprucefloor in Great Britain, WISA-Kate Plus in Finland and WISA-Wall Ergo in Sweden. The edge machining makes it easier and quicker to install the panels.

FACT BOX: Examples of benefits offered by WISA plywood products.
 

Responsibility and efficiency made easy

Whether it’s about technical or environmental performance, users of WISA plywood can easily access reliable and accurate product information on the Specifying WISA plywood webpage.

Third-party verified and internationally comparable Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are available for both uncoated and coated WISA-Spruce and WISA-Birch products. These documents allow contractors, subcontractors, and specifiers to better compare the environmental impacts of the product throughout its life cycle, from raw material sourcing to product disposal. Proven environmental performance is an asset in projects where sustainability is a priority.

Detailed technical performance for all WISA plywood products can be found on the DoP Declaration of Performance (DoP) reference list and, for the UK, in the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) documents.  Furthermore, all WISA plywood products intended for use in construction have the CE2+ marking, proving that they perform exactly as specified. 

When planning a construction project, it is crucial to look beyond the basic price tag and consider the total cost of the project's requirements. In the end, the builder gets the most benefit by choosing a WISA plywood product specifically developed for his or her needs.

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