Plywood is made from peeler logs. Thin layers are peeled from wood logs by rotating them along their horizontal axis. The sheets of veneer obtained from this process are cut to the desired dimensions, dried, patched, glued together, and then baked to form a plywood panel. Depending on the grade of plywood, it may or may not be smooth.
Plywood floors are not engineered to support industrial traffic, such as rolling pallet jacks, dollies, or carts and AMR and AGV robots. In fact, plywood offers scant resistance to wear and will often split, crack, and delaminate. Plus, plywood is difficult to clean and maintain. Plywood is prone to water damage and absorbs stains which can be impossible to remove.
Worn plywood flooring that has splinters and is cracked can create trip hazards for employees, increasing the risk of a worker's compensation claim. These same issues also make it difficult to transport wheeled loads, requiring employees to expend more effort to push or pull carts, pallet jacks, or dollies. Further, plywood is frequently constructed with ureaformaldehyde and phenol-formaldehyde resin which are carcinogenic in very high concentration and could potentially have negative health effects on workers — including mild to moderate irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat.
To improve productivity and reduce the risk of potential harm to personnel, ResinDek panels can be installed over — or in-place-of — plywood flooring. Engineered to support the transport of rolling loads, including carts, dollies, pallet jacks, and robotic vehicles, ResinDek is a durable, engineered flooring surface that is easy to clean and maintain. It will never delaminate and comes in a variety of thicknesses, surface grades, finishes, and rated capacities to support pallet jack loads weighing from 2,000 to 8,000 pounds.
Additionally, all ResinDek composite flooring has been certified as having no added formaldehyde and its installation can contribute toward LEED® projects. ResinDek Flooring panels are "Certified Recycled Content" through SCS Global Services due to the fact that it contains a minimum of 66% recycled content to 85% (depending upon the product) of pre-consumer recycled wood content.
All ResinDek flooring panels are engineered wood products backed by a 10-year product warranty.
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If you're looking for an alternative to plywood for mezzanine floors, ResinDek panels are a great option. ResinDek panels are engineered flooring panels specifically designed for use in industrial and commercial settings. They are made from a combination of resin and recycled wood fibers, making them an environmentally friendly choice. ResinDek panels are also highly durable and resistant to wear and tear, making them ideal for use in high-traffic areas like mezzanine floors. In fact, ResinDek panels are often considered the perfect alternative for plywood mezzanine floors due to their strength, durability, and ease of installation. Contact our team of experts for more information.