Azdel Onboard offers alternative to lauan plywood

FOREST, Va. — Lauan plywood is typically used in RV construction and it is heavier than composite materials that manufacturers are beginning to integrate into their construction processes today.

RVs also take on weight when wood is exposed to moisture. Wood and water don’t mix. RVs that are closed for weeks or months are particularly susceptible to freezing and thawing that can allow water to seep in via roof seams.

Natural fiber decomposition occurs causing rot, mold and mildew formation along with warping that can lead to delamination or separation of layers in the material reducing its strength no matter the age of your RV.

Adhesive failure can occur when Luaun is exposed to water and temperature variations, which causes wet/dry cycles. Hot temperatures release formaldehyde in adhesives as they break down. It can cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace the rotted walls. Not only is this expensive to fix, but the mold, mildew and toxic chemicals have an adverse effect on your family’s health by contaminating the air you breathe.

Composite materials made by Hanwha Azdel are products that can be used as an alternative to Lauan plywood. Composite materials are moisture resistant, lightweight, and twice as strong as wood, allowing your RV to be fuel-efficient. These puncture and impact resistant materials provide increased durability. With twice the insulation value of wood you will also experience less heating and cooling costs and a quieter ride with less road and outside noise. These features allow for more comfort, lower operating costs, better safety, increased durability and longevity.

What can you do to enjoy your RV more cost effectively without having to worry about expensive repairs while also protecting your family from harmful particle pollutants? If you are considering a new RV purchase, find out more information regarding manufacturers who are currently constructing RVs using Azdel composite materials.

Visit for complete details about where these products are available and to watch a damage comparison video. If you are interested in using Azdel composite materials in your RV construction process, please call (810)280-3281.

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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