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Choosing the Right MDF

 

Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is a great, versatile material to use for both construction and decorating. While we offer a multitude of MDF varieties, often it can be overwhelming in choosing the right one for your task. Please note that while we have created this guide to assist you in choosing your MDF, ultimately it is your responsibility in researching what material best suits your project.

This guide will take you through the different practical uses for our MDF sheets, giving you the best material for your project. For this guide, we will be primarily focussing on the differences between our Standard Grade MDF, Moisture Resistant MDF and our Flame Retardant MDF, though we can also provide Melamine MDF and Veneered MDF if you require a material which you don’t wish to paint and will be used for visual purposes.


Practical Uses of MDF:

 

Standard Grade

Moisture Resistant

Flame Retardant

Wall Panelling

 

 

 

Bathrooms

 

 

 

Kitchen

 

 

 

Lounge

 

 

 

Bedrooms

 

 

 

Garden

 

 

 

Ceilings

 

 

 

Commercial Spaces

 

 

 

Standard Grade MDF

Often the most common MDF board commercially available and is used for numerous applications both in the home and in the commercial space. With its smooth surface and possibilities to finish in multiple ways, Standard Grade MDF is used extensively in the commercial industry, and in furniture constructions.

As an engineered wood-based sheet made by bonding together wood fibres with a synthetic resin adhesive and pressure, all of our MDF boards are very dense, and durable, giving them longevity for all projects. Specifically, Standard Grade MDF boasts a universality of being able to adapt and be used in many different situations. Please see here for more information with our supplier's datasheet.

Moisture Resistant MDF

Similar to our Standard Grade MDF, our Moisture Resistant MDF boasts similar durable properties, however, is easier to paint, and normal finishing procedures.

The properties associated with moisture-resistant MDF make it ideal for applications in environments such as kitchens or bathrooms, where humidity and moisture levels are higher. It can be used for utility rooms and laundry rooms, as well as boiler rooms, cubicles and washrooms in commercial settings.

Moisture-resistant MDF can also be used in bars and for shop fitting. The moisture-repelling resins in this wood make it a superior product compared to standard MDF for these types of application. 

Some Moisture Resistant MDF thicknesses have a green tint in appearance, whilst others are the more familiar brown with a green-tinted core. As it takes better to paint and is easier to obtain a high finish, this slight green appearance can easily be covered or altered. Please see here for more information with our supplier's datasheet.

Flame Retardant MDF

In those instances where safety is paramount, Flame-Retardant MDF can provide up to an hour of fire protection. Commonly used in schools, hospitals, offices or cinemas, our Flame Retardant MDF boards provide the best support when used in applications such as doors, kick plates or partitions.

Flame Retardant MDF has a pale red tint in its appearance, though it takes well to paints and primers. Please note, that to prevent affecting the Flame Retardant properties, an appropriate flameproofing paint should be used. Please see here for more information with our supplier's datasheet.  If you are in doubt, please consult a qualified engineer or architect. 

Features of MDF:

 

Standard Grade

Moisture Resistant

Flame Retardant

Paintable

      

Sandable

 

  

 

Machineable

      

Flame Retardant

 

 

 

Moisture Resistant

 

 

 

Structural

 

 

 

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Every piece of MDF or plywood I ordered was perfectly cut, exactly to the specified dimensions and with smooth, sharp edges - far better than I have ever obtained anywhere else. All of the items were also extremely well-packed to prevent damage in transit. I won't hesitate to use Cut-My-Plastic again.

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