Composite wood is made from several different materials. They typically contain similar woods as those commonly used in lumber but are a combined with other materials to become more durable and stronger. Composite wood can also be referred to as engineered wood. Composite wood is a combination of different individual components such as straw, plastic, and wood. The fibers and particles of these components are held together by adhesives.
A veneer is commonly used on the outside to increase the appeal of composite wood. Composite woods are commonly used in making furniture, cabinets, floors, and sheathings. They cost less than hardwood and can be made resistant to weather elements with the use of paints or seals. Certain chemicals contained in the mixing and binding materials used in producing composite wood are harmful. Also, they require more energy input during production which is one of the reasons why some companies avoid using them for construction purposes.