If you’re in need of unique architectural patterns, textures, and finishes that harness the strength and reliability of Birch Plywood, then Plyco’s Riga collection is exactly what you’ve been searching for. Riga Plywood is arguably the most unique product range we offer, and it’s guaranteed to turn heads; even from those we come into the store looking for a completely different type of board! To help shed some light on this mysterious and intriguing plywood we’ve put together a comprehensive guide that will give you all the ins-and-outs of Riga.
What is Riga Plywood?
At its heart, Riga is Plyco’s Premium Birch Plywood. Birch is the standard bearer when it comes to plywood thanks to its strength, unfailing quality, and beautiful aesthetic (which is emphasised through the edges on our Riga products). We then combine this premium core with 6 different types of faces, each with a different architecture texture, pattern or finish. The standard size sheets for our Riga Plywood are 2440 x 1220mm and 18mm thick.
Riga Plywood Applications
The applications for Plyco’s Riga products are almost limitless for two reasons. The first of which is the sheer amount of variety available in the range. Having six vastly different architectural finishes unlocks so many possibilities, so if one option doesn’t work there’s an extremely high chance that one of the other five will fit like a glove.
MDL Painting utilising our Riga Deck variety to create sleek shelving
The other reason for Riga’s versatility with applications is its ability to be used both internally and externally. The gorgeous architectural flourishes that make it stand out so much mean Riga is naturally a great option to use indoors, as it’s guaranteed to not stand out like a sore thumb. Externally, Riga products have an A-bond glue, meaning they are perfectly suitable for use outdoors. As long as you properly seal the edges of your board you can place our Riga products practically anywhere and not have to worry about them!
Riga is most commonly used in building and construction industries, while also being utilised heavily for joinery. However, the team Plyco also so many radically different applications on a weekly basis. It’s not uncommon to see it used for transport packaging, furniture, sports equipment and even kid’s toys. As we mentioned, because of the sheer variety of patterns and finishes we have available, Riga Plywood offers the flexibility to be used in so many different ways.
Riga Plywood Variants
We have six different variants that fall under our Riga range, each bring their own bag of strengths and unique quirks.
Riga Aluminium, as the name suggests, features an aluminium face overlaid onto Birch Plywood.
Hexa Grey features a grey UV resistant film on both faces, with the front face using a special surface pattern and a smooth back face. This product stands out thanks to its high wear resistance as well as great visual appearance making it suitable for decorative surfaces. It’s also weather and waterproof as well as being extremely easy to clean.
The Hexa Plus finish sees Birch Plywood overlaid with a dark film on both faces. Front faces have a special surface pattern, while back faces are smooth. The benefits of Hexa Plus are similar to the Hexa Grey, as it has great visual appearance, as well as being weather and waterproof and easy to clean.
Riga Capsule is a more flexible product that is wear resistant, doesn’t crack and is highly resistant to chemicals and UV.
Riga Deck is recognisable by the diamond pattern on the face. It’s created by taking a Birch Plywood core and overlaying it with a black glass fibre. The main advantages of the Deck variety are that it’s durable and easily workable. It’s the perfect option for any surface where high wear-impact resistance is necessary, but a nice visual appearance is still desired.
Riga Dot takes Birch Plywood and then applies a phenol, UV resistant or melamine film to both faces. The faces have a special wear pattern resulting in a dot aesthetic, which is where the product gets its name. The benefits Riga Dot brings to the table are being odour-free, easy to clean, wear resistant, weather-proof, and the ability for the plywood to be machined with other woodworking tools.
If you’d like the latest prices on our extensive range of Riga products, check out our online price list.
We hope this guide has given you a crash course in Plyco’s Riga collection. If one of these options sounds like the product for you, head to our online store. Over there you can shop Plyco’s entire range of Plywood online from the comfort of your own home, and with Australia-wide shipping you won’t have to lift a finger!