Flooring Wood Panels

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Building Boards

This study examines the US market for wood panels (building boards) used in flooring applications. This includes structural boards (oriented strand board (OSB) and softwood plywood) and nonstructural boards:

  • hardwood plywood
  • particleboard
  • others (medium density fiberboard (MDF), hardboard, insulation board, and low density fiberboard (softboard))

Flooring applications include subflooring and finish flooring for the new and improvement and repair sectors of residential and commercial buildings.

Historical data for 2009, 2014, and 2019 and forecasts to the years 2024 and 2029 are provided for flooring wood panels demand in square feet. Data in square feet are actually volumetric measurements, since the various types of wood panels are each associated with a standard thickness. These standard thicknesses (as most commonly accepted within the industry) are:

  • 1/8 inch - hardboard
  • 3/8 inch for OSB and softwood plywood
  • 1/2 inch for low-density fiberboard
  • 3/4 inch for particleboard, hardwood plywood, and MDF

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