Comparison Between MR Grade & BWP Plywood

Comparison Between MR Grade & BWP Plywood

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Plywood is one of the most widely used materials for building houses. There are varieties of plywood available in the market. You may get confused about choosing plywood for various applications in your house, like making the kitchen, wardrobes, outdoor areas, sofas, beds, etc. 

The grading system is used to classify the categories of plywood in India and abroad. There are two most famous categories of plywood. The first one is MR Grade, and the other is Boiling Water Proof (BWP Plywood.)

If you want to choose the best one for your home interior or exterior work, here we are a detailed comparison to determine the best plywood for your house.

What is BWP Plywood?

BWP or Boiling Water Proof is marine-grade plywood. It can be placed in both dry and wet conditions. BWP plywood is well known for its prolonged exposure resistance to moisture and water. This type of plywood resists for a very long period against moisture and humidity without any delamination. Mostly, BWP plywood is used in the area where the surface gets in contact with water, like the bathroom or kitchen.

It is one of the most durable plywood available in the market. It can be exposed to any weather condition without any cracks. BWP plywood gets its strength from high-quality materials. The undiluted resins or formaldehyde glue, and adhesives give the perfect support to resist water damage. This plywood has anti-warp properties that give it good strength to resist wet and dry conditions through certain treatments. All the layers are chemically treated to remove various toxicants.

To identify the BWP plywood, you can check the ISI specification number – IS:710. This denotes the plywood can resist 72 hours of boiling water.

Sylvan ply offers top-notch quality BLU BWR ply that fits all your requirements and has unmatched screw-holding capacity. 

What is MR Grade Plywood?

MR Grade plywood or Moisture Resistant plywood is commercial grade with great internal strength. Remember, all commercial plywood is not MR Grade. This plywood is also well known as Interior Grade Plywood. This type of plywood is not used for furniture directly exposed to water for a long duration. 

This grade is produced by hardwood timber that helps to gain optimum strength. Denser and heavier plywood is of high quality as compared to low plywood. 

This plywood is generally used for making cabinets, rooftops, doors, chairs, and tables. MR Grade plywood has the highest internal density among all plywood grades.

Its warping or folding property increases the longevity of the furniture. Owing to the moisture resistance, this is a great choice for humid and tropical areas.

All these properties make this a great choice for architects and householders. The BLU MR Ply  range from Sylvan Ply has distinct features to enhance your interior designing experience –

  • Longevity
  • Mechanical strength
  • High moisture resistance 

It also has an IS: 303 certification which guarantees its quality of production, and that it is indeed moisture-resistant.

Major Comparison Between BWP Plywood & MR Grade Plywood

In this blog, we have shared the basic information about both types of plywood, but to choose the best one you need to compare their positive and negative aspects. Check the major differences between BWP Plywood and Moisture Grade Plywood.

ParameterBoiling Water Proof PlywoodMoisture Resistant Plywood
Raw MaterialGarjan wood and other popular Indian species of woodHardwood timber and Melamine Urea Formaldehyde resin
ResistanceThis type of plywood has the highest water resistance.Can resist normal exposure to water but, is not completely waterproof
StrengthMuch stronger than any other plywood, undiluted resins, and adhesives. Durable, long-lasting, strong.  Not as strong as Boiling Water Proof Plywood. 
CertificationAs per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), it has IS 710 specification number.As per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), it has IS 303 specification number.
Termite ResistanceHigh resistance to borer & termites.High resistance to borer & termites. 
UsesUseful for the furniture that may get exposed to water. You can use this plywood in the kitchen, bathroom, garden area, etc.Can be used to make furniture like bad, sofas, chairs, wardrobes, tables, etc. 
Suitable forAll-weather conditionsAll-weather conditions
CostBoiling Water Proof Plywood is costlier than Moisture Resistant Plywood.It is cheaper than Boiling Water Proof Plywood. 


The comparison between Boiling Water Proof Plywood and Moisture Resistant Plywood has clearly shown that they have their respective benefits. The choice will depend on the uses of the furniture. If you want plywood that resists strong water, then go for BWP Plywood, and if you are looking for highly strong plywood for making furniture for daily uses, you can opt for the MR plywood. 

Both of these variants are strong, durable, and can give you a profit that lasts for years. 

Check your requirements before deciding on the plywood, and then buy it. You can get in touch with the experts at Sylvan Ply to know more about the best plys for your home. 

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