How much do sheets & pieces of plywood cost?

Are you looking for some woodwork done but don’t know where to start? Is the Budget an issue for you? Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. Everything about the interior and exterior types are covered in the article below. We cover everything from how much sheets and pieces of plywood cost to 4 different grades and square feet.


The cost of sheets and pieces of plywood normally ranges between $6 and $75, dictated by factors like the material and thickness. Plywood sheets come in grades A, B, C, & D, which dictate the cost for a 4×8 square feet sheet. The better the grade, the higher the cost of the piece of plywood.

In this article, we also take a look at the following topics:

¾ Marine grade plywood

How much do sheets & pieces of plywood cost?

The sheathing is used to provide support to various structures in and around the house. The sheathing is thus strong and quite cheap compared to others. However, it has a rustic and unfinished look that is unsuitable for showing off, so it must be covered with other materials. The sheathing is also used to join studs, ceiling, flooring, and sides and bracing together panels.

Price chart

Here is a chart to inform you of the average price you can expect in the market for different types of ply.

By wood type

TypeThickness (Inches)SizePrice
Sanded BC Pine1/44×8$13.50
Birch 3 ply1/24×8$42
Sanded Maple3/44×8$70
Sanded Cherry3/44×8$75

By thickness

Thickness (Inches)Estimated Price (4×8 sheets)
1/2$6 to $11
1/4$6 to $25
7/16$5 to $10
11/32$7 to $14
15/32$10 to $35
19/32$7 to $20
23/32$15 to $40

5/8 CDX

CDX with a thickness of 5/8” and 4×8 feet size will have an average price of $30 per sheet.


A 4×8 sheet can vary in price between $30 to $70 depending on the wood and the thickness. The higher quality of the wood and the thicker the sheet – the higher the price.

Roofing plywood

The sheathing of a roof will depend on the level of damage. It can be done with two sheets if it’s minimal and even as much as 5-10 if it is major.

For roofing, mostly the thickness is 1/4” or 5/8” thick. Thus, each sheet can cost between $70-100.

Why are prices so high?

Everything comes down to supply and demand. When the demand for lumber increases, it is usually due to the rise in homebuilding. Every time this happens, the supply chain has to provide. However, the sawmill capacity is not always able to cope. Thus it drives up the price of plywood. When there is plenty of availability, the price also decreases.

Factors like the worldwide pandemic of 2020 also affect the supply chain, and we see plywood prices rise. Wood has many uses, but homebuilding is now a major share of the usage. Thus, the fluctuating demand for homes makes wood prices unstable.

plywood seen from the side

When will prices go down?

Home building demand is expected to go down soon in the coming months. It will happen mostly because the interest rates will go up. When this section of the market dies down in demand, the prices will become more stable. When demand goes down, so does the price.

So, which of the types will you try next?

  • Oak
  • Sanded BC Pine
  • Birch 3 ply
  • Sanded Maple

Factors affecting the cost

Plywood is made with thin sheets of veneer. Many factors affect this price since there are many types and grades. Take a look at the different factors:

  • The wood
  • The size
  • The thickness
  • The grade
  • The quantity
  • The supplier
  • The market

The Wood

Which wood is the ply made from? Oak is cheaper than Sanded maple but not cheaper than Sanded BC Pine. Birch 3 ply is of medium range while Sanded Maple is almost the same as Sanded Cherry.


When you’ve got the price of wood settled, the size comes next. Obviously, the bigger the dimensions, the more the price. Sometimes you may not need the whole sheet.

A little might be leftover, but it cannot be taken back. Therefore, keeping the right dimension in mind and buying the closest sheet size available to avoid many leftovers is important.


Thickness is a factor that determines quality. The thicker the components, the stronger it is, hence the higher price.


cabinet grade plywood, 6mm

Grades are sorted according to density. The higher the grade, the better the sheet. For instance, A grade sheet is very strong and visually appealing to the eye. It can be used for exterior and interior purposes. It is also smooth and free of any holes. Lower grades are prone to less density and an unfinished, rough look that may be filled with holes and knots.


If you’re buying one or two sheets, you may be charged higher than in bulk. Bulk prices will be charged less than buying retail.


Cut out the middleman, and you’re in for a good deal. It means if you get your wood from a factory or rural mill, you are likely to get a discount compared to an upscale shop in the city’s center.


Just like the market fluctuates the prices of gold and silver, the same goes for wood. Supply and demand forces are always in motion, and thus prices fluctuate. Although wood is not as unstable as precious metals and currency, large events like the pandemic will be a major determinant in the market.


There are several types of ply for several different uses. Let’s cover them below.


It is a type you can show off, and hence it is applied in visible places. The finish is smooth and free of holes because it is sanded during processing. You can also use it in cabinets and panels around the house for a decorative look.

Project panels

These are great for woodwork enthusiasts who are just starting. Not only are they pre-cut and ready to use, but they also come in very handy sizes appropriate for small project use.


This type of ply is strong since it is bound together at right angles. The hardwood can be used for furniture and other high-capacity projects that require a strong framework. Its strength comes from the maple and birch wood used in its production.

Birch Plywood, 6mm


It is a very common type. It is strong like hardwood but doesn’t have a good finish and appeal from the outside. It is why it’s used mostly on the inside of structures where it won’t be visible.

Orient Strand Board

It is a rough sheet mostly made of rectangular strands of wood stuck together in a curing process. It has strength but not much appeal


A type mostly used for exteriors like roofing and walls, it has two faces of different grades. One is a C grade, and the other is a D grade. The X stands for exposure which is usually 1.

Standard sizes

cabinet grade plywood

The most common size it is available in is 4×8 feet and 5×5 feet. Other sizes are listed below

  • 8×4 feet
  • 9×4 feet
  • 10×4 feet
  • 7.8×4 feet
  • 8.2×4 feet
  • 8×3 feet
  • 7×4 feet
  • 7×3 feet
  • 6×4 feet
  • 6×3 feet

3/4 inch

The sizes differ, and so does their thickness. The thickness is a major determinant of strength, and hence different thicknesses have different prices too.

A standard sheet of 4×8 feet in 3/4” thickness will cost anywhere between $70 and $ 75.

1/2” CDX

It is a special type of sheet in which two grades of ply are stuck together. One is a C grade, while the other is a D. Doing this has the advantage of retaining moisture. CDX is a type of interior and exterior ply. The cost for a 1/2″ inch sheet varies between $25 and $ 30.


Oriented Strand Board is much like plywood and consists of various strands of wood strung together using adhesives. The result is an engineered wood that is quite versatile and resistant.

The price of OSB varies with thickness, but the range is expected to be between $32-$77 for a sheet. The average cost is around $50.

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