Plywood, like hardwoods and softwoods, is graded according to the number of blemishes and how well the wood is sanded.
Grades run from A, which has almost no blemishes and is very well sanded, to D, which contains up to the maximum number of blemishes allowed. Grades usually come in pairs: one letter for the finished side or face, and a second letter that refers to the back side.
For instance, a sheet of A-C ply will have the highest quality finish on the face and a fairly unfinished back. This is usually used for interior applications.
Construction grade plywood would be C-D. This is considered structural ply and is typically not used anywhere the face would show. Plywood with lower grades are fine for roofing, sheathing, the underlayment of floors—anywhere function is more important than looks.
There’s one more letter you’ll see; X, for exterior rating. This means waterproof adhesives have been used in the manufacture of the plywood.
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