Engineered wood products may be preferred over solid wood in some applications due to certain comparative advantages:
- Because engineered wood is man-made, it can be designed to meet application-specific performance requirements. Required shapes and dimension do not drive source tree requirements (length or width of the tree)
- Engineered wood products are versatile and available in a wide variety of thicknesses, sizes, grades, and exposure durability classifications, making the products ideal for use in unlimited construction, industrial and home project application.
- Engineered wood products are designed and manufactured to maximize the natural strength and stiffness characteristics of wood. The products are very stable and some offer greater structural strength than typical wood building materials.
- Glued laminated timber has greater strength and stiffness than comparable dimensional lumber and, pound for pound, is stronger than steel.
- Some engineered wood products offer more design options without sacrificing structural requirements.
- Engineered wood panels are easy to work with using ordinary tools and basic skills. They can be cut, drilled, routed, jointed, glued, and fastened. Plywood can be bent to form curved surfaces without loss of strength. And large panel size speeds construction by reducing the number of pieces to be handled and installed.
- Engineered wood products make more efficient use of wood. They can be made from small pieces of wood, wood that has defects or under utilised species.
- Wooden trusses are competitive in many roof and floor applications, and their high strength-to-weight ratios permit long spans offering flexibility in floor layouts.
- Engineered wood is felt to offer structural advantages for home construction.