What is MDF?
In the skirting board industry the term MDF typically stands for medium density fiberboard. This is the standard type of skirting board for houses. This is one of the many types of skirting boards available to consumers. MDF is man-made wood that is composed by breaking down softwood and/or hardwood and using a defibrator to combine resin binder, wax, and the wood fibers that are then applied to high temperature and pressure. The resulting fiberboard is denser than traditional plywood and is used in many of the same applications.
The Appeal of MDF Skirting Boards
MDF boards unlike natural wood boards does not contain any rings or knots in the wood. This allows for the MDF boards to have a more unified look and feel. MDF skirting boards are easy to install and often come at a cheaper price than their wood alternatives. This type of material is more malleable and can fit the contour of walls.
MDF is isotropic which means that all of its properties are consistent throughout the whole board. This is essential to creating the perfect look because these MDF skirting boards can take on more appearance without worrying about splitting.
The Faults of MDF Skirting Boards
While the MDF skirting boards typically are a more malleable option they do come with some setbacks. The material that MDF is made from is not intended to get wet. In cases where the MDF skirting board go too wet the material soaked up large amounts of water and boards swelled. This swelling can cause structural damage and once the MDF skirting boards swell they never are able to achieve their previous look. This results in the MDF skirting board being damaged and no longer aesthetically pleasing. Many people try to fix this problem by sanding down the MDF skirting boards and painting them but this carries problems of its own with none uniformity throughout the house.
Specialized screws are needed to ensure the maximum stability of these skirting boards. Normal screws are likely to split the MDF and nails do not seem to hold well in the material. For the DIY homeowners who are choosing to install this skirting boards themselves might experience additional issues. These issues are caused because when you cut into these boards they carry a large amount of allergens and can cause lung irritation if the proper safety equipment is not utilized.