Project Panels

What is Particleboard?

Particleboard is an engineered wood product made from a combination of wood chips, sawmill shavings and sawdust glued together by resin or other types of binders. These components are also pressed together, but then extruded as a sheet – just like the Play-Doh Fun Factory. Particleboard is an inexpensive material great for a wide variety of uses. These include furniture, cabinets, flooring, roofing, insulation and sound deadening. In certain applications, particleboard can look great on its own, but when paired with veneers, it offers a high-end look at an affordable price.

What is OSB?

Oriented Strand Board is produced by laying strands of wood soaked in resin into a sheet which is then extruded and cut to size. The specific orientation of the strands produces a strength similar to plywood. OSB is most commonly used in new construction for walls, roof sheathing and subflooring applications.

What is a veneer core?

A veneer core is constructed by stacking layers of plies created from the wood of any number of abundantly available species. The veneer plies are laid in alternating cross-band patterns for stability and strength. Any decorative thin face veneer can then be applied to the front and back of the panel. Compared to MDF and particleboard cores, veneer core offers exceptional strength, weight and screw-holding advantages.

Are all panels the same color?

No, each panel is made from species of trees with their own characteristics and grains. Every tree is slightly different as well. However, the color of a species is relatively consistent, though not uniform. Therefore, if possible, we suggest that you hand select your pieces to ensure color consistency in cases where that’s important to overall satisfaction with your finished project.

What is sande plywood?

Often confused as a spelling error of the word “sanded,” sande plywood comes from the Sande (Brosimum utile) tree, native to tropical regions in the Americas.

Are project panels waterproof?

Any plywood project panel that isn't treated or marine grade is going to be inadequate for extended, long-term use outdoors. That being said, birch, sande, underlayment, OSB and BCX are commonly used in covered or moderately protected outside applications. We advise you to avoid using MDF, pegboard, chalkboard, markerboard and hardboard outdoors, as they all absorb moisture quickly, expand, and ruin your weekend.

What is marine plywood?

Marine plywood is a specifically designed, pressure-treated panel manufactured with waterproof glue and free of knotholes. Even when marine plywood is exposed to water, moisture, high humidity or boiling temperatures, the glue won’t fail and the plywood will remain intact. Marine plywood is a popular choice for walkways near water, boat houses, pool house, boat remodels and more.

Plastic Lattice

What is Dimensions™ Plastic Lattice made of?

Dimensions Plastic Lattice is made of injection-molded plastic. It features a wood grain pattern on both sides.

What colors and styles does Dimensions Lattice come in?

Dimensions Plastic Lattice is available in 2 different 4' x 8' or 2' x 8' Classic Diamond styles, and 2 different 4' x 8' Privacy styles, which have smaller openings. The Classic Diamond styles and the Privacy Square are available in white. The Privacy Diamond and cap and divider mouldings are available in 12 colors (white, almond, brownstone, khaki, gray, clay, cedar, redwood, dark brown, black, light green and dark green).

Will Dimensions Plastic Lattice rot, splinter or decay like wood?

No. When installed according to Dimensions' instructions and under normal use, it will not peel, pit, rot, blister, warp, crack, corrode or be consumed by insects.

Can Dimensions Plastic Lattice be painted?

Yes. We offer paintable lattice in our Classic Diamond and Privacy Diamond styles. Paintable cap and divider mouldings are also available. Our paintable plastic lattice has been formulated to allow exterior plastic paints to adhere to it. See our painting tips for additional details. We do not recommend painting our standard Dimensions lattice as most paints will not adhere to the surface and will rapidly peel.

Do I need special tools to install Dimensions Lattice?

Conventional tools can be used to cut, drill and fasten Dimensions Plastic and Wood Lattice. For your safety, wear protective clothing and safety glasses.

What type of fastener is recommended?

Use #8 ss sheet metal screws for best results.

Does Dimensions Lattice require gapping?

Yes. Like all plastic building materials, Dimensions Plastic Lattice will expand and contract with temperature changes. A ¼” gap is required on all sides of the panel to allow for thermal movement. Find additional installation tips in product literature.

What can I do if my lattice bows?

Loosen attaching screws and ensure enough space is allowed for expansion and contraction.

Can Dimensions Plastic Lattice be installed lying flat?

Dimensions Plastic Lattice is not recommended for applications in which it will lie flat, such as the overhead panels on an arbor or pergola. Hang lattice upright and attach to a self-supporting structure or frame. Refer to our installation tricks for more information.

How do I clean Dimensions Plastic Lattice?

Periodic rinsing with a garden hose is typically all that's required to remove surface dirt, pollen and debris. To remove ground-in dirt, clean with a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly.

Will Dimensions Plastic Lattice fade?

No, Dimensions Plastic Lattice is UV-stabilized, so it resists fading in the sun.

Wood Lattice

Why choose Wood Lattice over Plastic Lattice?

Wood Lattice is very cost effective. In addition to it being all natural, it is very easy to cut, bend and work with.

Can Dimensions™ Wood Lattice be installed lying flat?

Yes, Dimensions Wood Lattice can be installed lying flat. It can be installed in areas such as overhead panels on an arbor or pergola, but should be attached to a self-supporting structure or frame. Please refer to:

Wood Lattice Installation Best Practices and How-Tos

for more information.

Do I need special tools to install Dimensions Lattice?

Conventional tools can be used to cut, drill and fasten our Wood Lattice. For your safety, wear protective clothing and safety glasses.