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Door Make and Designs: Choosing Between Solid Wood or MDF

Many of our clients always ask if solid wood is the best material, but we tell them that isn’t always the case. Many of our clients are surprised, because despite of solid wood’s beautiful, strong and sturdy look, they’re still subjected to humidity and heat changes that causing cracking, shrinking or buckling. Medium density fiberboard or MDF are machine dried and are pressed to produce stable and dense sheets, made of recycled wood fibers and resin, that can perform better than solid wood in many areas.

In terms of stability, MDF is considerably more stable than solid wood, and it can stand up better to environmental changes in heat and humidity. The explanation behind it is that solid wood boards tend to expand and contract vertically and horizontally when there is a rise and fall of humidity and temperatures. And for this reason, door, cabinets and panels made from solid wood boards require a high level of care and maintenance. MDF is perfect for areas where humidity tends to be high such as kitchen and bathrooms, for cabinets and vanities. Good MDF products are also manufactured water-resistant, formaldehyde-free and with superior grade. When it comes to the construction of painted cabinet doors, MDF also outperforms solid wood boards. The traditional paneling and framing method of building solid wood doors involves the connection of five separate pieces, which are four frame pieces and a central panel which is cut slightly smaller the door frame because it must float, in order to allow contraction and expansion. Panel stock allows a variety of construction method, because MDF is made of processed wood fibers. MDF has a good density moving independently from the frame, so the inserted panel doesn’t need to float like the traditional five-piece solid wood door. With MDF’s two-piece construction method, it expands and contracts as a unit and not as individual pieces of wood, thereby not causing the paint to peel or crack at the joints.

As compared to solid woods, MDF boards are available in larger sizes that can be milled into wainscot paneling and bead board panels such as 5 foot by 12 foot panels. As compared to expensive solid wood, MDF is of better value and it is readily available when you need it. Usage of MDF is environmentally friendly and is more economical in many applications such as in wainscoting and board paneling where large sheets can be used. You must review your options for choosing the best material for your home kitchen door or bathroom door project. We will be glad to discuss with you several option when it comes to your next door project. We are your best choice for your door needs, so come and visit our website now.Lessons Learned About Resources

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