Particleboard vs. Plywood
Particleboard is an engineered, multi-layer, wood particle composite panel that is bonded together using thermosetting resins. Particleboard panels are designed for laminating. Particleboard tops are heavier than plywood but are more economical.
Plywood is an engineered panel consisting of thin layers of wood that are directionally stacked (each layer rotated 90°) to provide strength and rigidity than pressed with a resin. Barricks uses 7-ply (layers) plywood. Plywood edges are more resistant to impact than particleboard, especially corners, also weighs less, but is more expensive.