Any DIY Construction project, home repair or hobby building is going to require some plywood, but getting quality materials at the right price is often not easy. It can also be difficult to get the right kind of plywood for your project.
Depending on what you need, Home Depot plywood can be as low as $7 a board to $80. Home Depot also offers other free services during purchases, such as cutting the wood for you in the store.
But before heading out to the store, there are some basic things about plywood you should understand. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of buying your materials from Home Depot as well as what you should look for.
How Much Is Home Depot Plywood?
Here are nine types of plywood, as well as their price ranges at Home Depot.
The prices vary based on material as well as the size of the cut. Typically, they are cut in 4X8, however, Home Depot offers many different choices.
- Softwood – $13-44
- Hardwood – $8-80
- Plywood Sheathing – $17-58
- OSB – $7-75
- Stainable Plywood – $6-104
- Paintable Plywood – $3-81
- Pressure Treated Plywood – $17-41
- Tongue and Groove Plywood – $7-169
As you can see, some of their names give you a general idea of what they’re used for, and as you learn about the various types you’ll see it becomes more apparent. Aircraft plywood, for instance, would never be used in a home.
Tongue and Groove plywood varies so drastically in price due to the premium quality of the Dricore 1 in. subfloor specialty panel.
Before asking how much is Home Depot plywood, you need to know what you’re looking for. This is not a situation where you want to browse much in-store. It’s important that you have some idea of what you’re looking for.
There are numerous varieties of plywood, each designed for a specific job. Knowing precisely what you’ll need, as well as what you can afford, is an absolute must.
Once you’ve settled on the aesthetic, purpose and price range with which you’re comfortable, Home Depot offers to cut the plywood for you in the store. This, however, does come with a word of warning.
Home Depot’s cutting policy is such that it does not guarantee the accuracy of their cuts, so it’s helpful that you do the research before going to the store, know the exact measurements you want and watch the store associate work.
While some people would warn against using their free service, many have spoken highly of their experiences.
In recent years, Home Depot has done its part to reduce its operations in controversial, endangered regions and move them to more sustainable areas. Less than .15 percent of Home Depot’s wood is from the Amazon Basin.
In fact, Home Depot uses less than one percent of the world’s lumber for its materials.
While sustainability and ethics are certainly important, they’re less of a central concern here. You’re more interested in the quality of the cut, as you should be. Fortunately, Home Depot offers a wide variety of options sure to fit your needs and budget.
As previously mentioned, however, research counts.
What You Should Know Before Buying Plywood From Home Depot
Generally, the plywood should be as flat as a board, if you’ll pardon the expression. The smoother and straighter the plywood, the better quality. It’s okay if one or two boards are slightly off-kilter but much more than that could cause accidents and injuries.
It’s useful to have a level with you when you go to the store to check their flatness.
Always take time to examine the veneer of the edges, paying special attention to the thickness. Look also for any knots or voids that could destroy the integrity of the board. You always want to look for thickness and durability. It will save you on repairs down the line.
The most common size of plywood is 4X8, though there are other sizes available. Again, in size, you’re looking for thickness. Depending on the project, you should discuss sizes with an employee to see which would be ideal for what you are attempting.
Plywood is graded by two letters, from A-D. The higher the grade, the smoother and thicker the plywood.
A-A is the strongest, highest grade quality plywood there is, however it may not be what you need for every project. Some jobs such as subflooring don’t need such high-quality material and can be done using grade C or even D.
Your budget is always going to be a factor, but not necessarily as big as you may think. While some projects will require high-priced, high-grade plywood, others don’t need such material.
It’s not that you would be settling for less, it’s the fact that you’d be doing more than was necessary. Fortunately, with Home Depot, the wide variety of materials and prices available make the job of selecting material an easy and convenient one.