APA-member manufacturers are located throughout North America. Hundreds of distribution centers throughout the U.S. and Canada inventory a wide selection of concrete forming panels and engineered wood products. Industrial users can rely on a consistent source of readily available, quality products. Find APA members that make concrete forming panels.
Oiled and edge-sealed. Surfaces of concrete form panels are lightly coated with oil and the edges sealed, if specified.
Many factors affect the number of pours expected from a sheet of concrete forming plywood, including the expected finish on the concrete, the overlay (if any), the concrete mix, maintenance and care, and other factors. Up to 10 pours can be expected from a B-B grade non-overlaid panel. With reasonable care, HDO Plyform will normally produce 20 to 50 reuses or more. Some concrete forming specialists achieve 200 or more pours with good results. Consult with your supplier for advice on maximizing the number of pours.
The term Structural I refers to certain specialized strength and stiffness characteristics of plywood and OSB panels. The term Exposure 1 refers to the glue bond durability of a plywood or OSB panel.
Exterior panels are suitable for applications subject to long-term exposure to weather or moisture.
Exposure 1 panels may be used for applications where construction delays may be expected prior to providing protection. Exposure 1 panels are made with the same exterior adhesives used in Exterior panels. However, because other compositional factors may affect bond performance, only Exterior panels should be used for long-term exposure to weather.
Note: APA Rated Plywood Sheathing Exposure 1, commonly called “CDX” in the trade, is sometimes mistaken as an Exterior plywood panel and incorrectly used in applications for which it does not possess the required resistance to weather. “CDX” is manufactured with a C grade veneer on the face and a D grade veneer on the back. D grade veneers are not suitable for Exterior applications and should only be used for applications as outlined under Exposure 1 above. For sheathing grade panels that will be exposed long-term to weather, specify APA Rated Sheathing Exterior (C-C Exterior plywood under PS 1).
Sanded plywood panels are structural panels with face and back plies that are sanded smooth in the manufacturing process.
Touch-sanded panels are plywood panels “sized” to uniform thickness by light surface sanding during manufacture. Sander skips are admissible.
A ply is single veneer in a panel. In plywood, a layer consists of one or more adjacent plies having the wood grain in the same direction. For instance, four-ply panels always have three layers with both core plies at right angles to the faces. The two core plies are one layer and each face is a layer. In OSB panels, the reconstituted wood portion is one layer and each face is a layer.
Sized for Spacing is a notation in the panel trademark indicating that the panel has been produced at a length and width slightly less than traditional nominal length and width. This is done to facilitate proper panel spacing during construction in order to accommodate natural panel expansion that occurs as the panel acclimates to construction or in-service moisture conditions.