Plywood – Specifications

This standard was originally in three parts, but was reissued in 2003 in a single part as follows:

The 2003 edition of EN 636 retains the designations -1, -2 and -3 from the previous three part standard to represent dry, humid or exterior conditions of use.

The environmental conditions for which each of these types of plywood are considered suitable are defined according to the parameters laid down for use classes in BS EN 335 durability of wood and wood-based products. Use classes: definitions applicable to solid wood and wood-based products.

Dry Conditions:
For interior applications with no risk of wetting, defined in Use Class 1, with a moisture content corresponding to environmental conditions of 20°C and 65% relative humidity.

Humid Conditions:
For use in protected exterior applications as defined in Use Class 2, with a moisture content corresponding to environmental conditions of 20°C and 85% relative humidity.

Exterior Conditions:
For use in unprotected external applications, as defined in Use Class 3, where the moisture content will frequently be above 20%.

EN 636 also introduces bending strength and modulus classes based on bending tests to EN 310. These give a designated strength (F) and modulus (E) parallel and perpendicular to the face grain. An example designation would therefore be F10/20, E30/40.

EN 636 gives minimum values for each of the classes and EN 12369-2 gives corresponding characteristic values for use with each of these classes.

Plywood for use in construction must demonstrate compliance with the Construction Products Directive (CPD). The most straightforward route to achieving this is by demonstrating compliance with EN 13986, and therefore must carry a CE mark.

Plywood Type to EN 636
Dry Humid Exterior
Dimensional Tolerance
Bonding Quality
- characteristic values
- bending strength
- bending strength
Construction Non-construction
EN 314-2
EN 636/EN 310/EN 12369-1
or EN 789/EN 1058
EN 310
EN 13986
EN 636/DD ENV 717-1/EN 717-2
Bonding Class 1 Bonding Class 2 Bonding Class 3
E1 or E2 E1 or E2 E1 or E2
E1 or E2 E1 or E2 E1 or E2