The Advantages of MDF

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Used in many types of home construction projects, MDF---or Medium Density Fiberboard---is a modern technology that works as a good replacement material to traditional building materials, such as wood and plastics. MDF can be found in a variety of areas in homes, including wall panels and cabinets.

There are many uses and advantages that this modern technology offers.


Medium Density Fiberboard is used commonly due to the look it provides. It can be painted any colour that wood can, and with many types of paints, including varnishes, water-based paints and oil-based paints.


MDF---a type of hardboard---is relatively simple to create. It is created from wood fibres that are glued together. The fibre material is strong due to how the creation process works. MDF is created by gluing wood fibres with heat and pressure.


MDF offers many advantages in its quality. It is a flat, dense material that does not have the imperfections that wood has, such as knots. Since MDF is an accumulation of wood particles, it does not have a surface grain that other materials have. MDF is also not prone to damage due to the lack of grain; this allows it to be cut, shaped, and drilled relatively easy.


The construction of MDF is relatively easy. Individual pieces can be connected with a wood glue, such as PVA wood glue, or other methods, including being dowelled---using a pin to connect two pieces of wood---together or through wood-joints.


One distinct advantage of MDF is that it can be created into several different forms. Since the fibres are extremely thin---close to the thinness of cotton---they can be mixed with other materials to give the MDF material a different quality. Resins and additives can make MDF into a material that is formaldehyde free, fire-resistant and even resistant to moisture.