What Is MDF?


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MDF, also known as medium-density fiberboard, is a composite made from wood fibers and glue. These components are heated, pressed together and covered with a veneer. Using MDF is a less expensive option than using real wood, however, MDF is less durable and tends to split easily.

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MDF does not contain the grain or knots found in solid wood, though the appearance of solid wood can be obtained with the use of a veneer. It is a poor choice for areas exposed to excessive moisture because

water makes MDF swell. The inner surface of MDF is easily crushed and should be protected from accidental damage during installation.

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