We all have heard of the MDF board but still now are unaware of its complete benefits. MDF is an extremely common material for building or DIY projects, yet one that is often misunderstood when it comes to quality – largely due to its lower price point. Medium-density fiberboard is a product that is commonly used in construction or remodel projects. Here we can discuss the benefits of MDF boards

What is an MDF board?

Medium-density fiberboard is a type of composite wood product. Many people refer to it as MDF. It is constructed by taking small wood fibers and gluing them together with resin under extreme heat and pressure. MDF is medium density fiberboard, which is basically engineered wood obtained by breaking down hardwood and softwood composites. Since it is made up of small wood fibers, there are no visible wood grains or knots. The fibers are joined together, using wax to produce panels by applying pressure or high temperature.   Medium-density fiberboard is a versatile building material. It’s cost-effective and good for use on shelving, storage cabinets. and decorative projects. It also has a smooth surface, which is perfect for painting.

What is MDF made from?

MDF is a sheet material rather than a hardwood and is created by using heat and pressure to fuse together fine wood fiber and glue. The resulting sheet material is strong yet extremely easy to work with. Plus, it is environmentally friendly, created using recycled wood!

Alongside MDF, you can also get a low-density fiberboard and high-density fiberboard. Low-density fiberboard, also known as particleboard, is created with even smaller pieces of wood fused together. The result is cheaper but also harder to work with, as it is more prone to chipping or breaking. High-density fiberboard, or hardboard, is created with more heat and pressure to create a much stronger finish, however, this is reflected in the price. MDF sits as a happy medium between these two materials – cost-effective, strong, durable, and versatile. 

What are the advantages of MDF boards?

Now we all know what all the composites of the MDF board now let’s analyze their advantages.

Economical: The main advantage of medium-density fiberboards is that they are inexpensive. You can usually purchase MDF for a fraction of the cost of purchasing real wood. By choosing to use medium density fiberboards in certain areas of the house. you can save money to use on other things. This provides you with a lot of flexibility when it comes to the budget of your project.

Eco-friendly: 100% recycled material is used, it means that no tree is cut down, so it is environmentally-friendly. MDF possesses higher ecological compatibility against particle boards due to the low emission of formaldehyde. So MDF is recommended for the production of kitchen and baby furniture.

Easily paintable: MDF is easy to paint in a variety of colours and easier to shape than solid wood. After you install it, you can apply paint, and when you do this. most people will not be able to tell you’ve used a cheaper substitute for real wood. You’ll have the look of wood for a fraction of the price.

Moisture resistant: – Because of its high moisture resistance MDF is widely used for kitchen and bathroom furniture. Under the influence of steam, the furniture made of MDF does not warp.

Hygiene and safety:  MDF is resistant to different fungi and germs, which makes MDF hygienic and safe material for everyday life and they are also hardly inflammable.

Good alternative of natural wood: Wood veneers and laminates can easily be attached to MDF to give it the natural wooden appearance. So it can be a good alternative to natural wood without compromising on the appearance of natural wood.

Great for designer options: – MDF could be used for an edge, angle, and surface milling, which is impossible with particleboard. This allows us to give MDF parts a different shape and form and widens the possibilities of their usage. MDF could be used for bent surfaces, which is impossible with particleboards. MDF workpiece bending technology resembles the one for natural wood and plywood. The surface of MDF is very smooth and makes for a great base for painting.

Where can we use MDF boards?

Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is a composite product used in many homes and professional projects, such as furniture, cabinetry, flooring, and even speaker boxes due to its smooth finish, machinability, strength, and consistency.

Furniture: MDF is a kind of engineered wood board made of wood fiber or other plant fiber by crushing. separating and drying, applying adhesive, and then hot pressing. it can be used for wood furniture like. cabinet doors, moisture-resistant kitchen cabinets, fire retardant MDF stands.

Fire Resistance: One interesting use for medium density fibreboard that many people may not be aware of is for its fire-retardant capabilities. Certain buildings and structures require the use of fire retardant MDF in their construction. This type of fibreboard is known to be used in the construction of commercial buildings which include stores and offices and other buildings that must meet certain building regulations and requirements for safety. Some homeowners choose to use fire retardant MDF in the construction of their homes as well as to provide further protection from any possible fires spreading.

Kitchen cabinets: MDF finds its most common use in kitchen cabinets. Most kitchen cabinets consist of both solid wood and MDF elements. In the bathroom where there is a lot of moisture, MDF is the preferable choice over solid wood. This is because it does not get damaged with humidity and temperature changes in the bathroom.

Shelving: Another area where MDF is used is in shelving. Whether it is the inside of a cabinet, an open wall shelf, or a bookshelf, MDF is preferred because of its smooth surface. But be careful about placing a heavyweight on it as it can sag with time. If you plan to place heavyweights on the MDF shelving, consider reinforcing it with solid wood.

Soundproofing: This may not be as widely known, but fibreboard can also provide soundproofing and lower the ability of sound to travel. Many speaker manufacturers use medium-density fibreboard or particleboard because it absorbs sound and prevents vibration from inside the speaker casing. This wood product can also be used in media rooms, walls of apartment buildings, and offices as well as floor underlayment to help minimize sound disturbances and noise pollution. Many different contractors and building companies use MDF for this particular purpose during construction for the application of reducing noise and sound traveling.

Final Thoughts

MDF suits the budget of most people.  MDF is often cheaper than solid wood but it is still as strong and can last quite long with proper maintenance. Medium-density fiberboard is a great alternative or even first choice for many home and commercial projects. For cutting MDF boards, always choose an expert. Cut and Edge are known for their precision in work and experience in making MDF boards. Get in touch with us to discuss a project.