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MDF Wood Paneling

Wood paneling has been incorporated into interior design for several hundred years. Over time, styles and materials have changed with the changes in culture and technologies. Now, wood paneling is produced in wood, wood
veneers, MDF and HDF. Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is a favorite because of its ease of use and affordability.

Qualities of MDF

MDF is considered a composite wood product. It is created by gluing wood fibers together with resin, and then compressed with heat and pressure. It is very affordable because it is simple to manufacture and consists of waste materials. It is promoted as more eco-friendly as well,
because it puts to use unwanted waste that would otherwise fill landfills. Unlike wood, MDF will not warp or bend, and has a very smooth surface. MDF is considered water resistant, but you should still
avoid having it in prolonged direct contact with water. It normally comes pre-primed, and can be painted any color of your choosing. It can also come with a vinyl or wood veneer coating, which provides
additional design possibilities.

MDF Installation

MDF
panels come in numerous designs and styles, including the popular beadboard and other wainscoting options. It is quite easy to install, and can be attached directly to drywall. When cutting, it is recommended to use a carbide sawblade with a vacuum attached to the saw to prevent the formaldehydes in the resin from becoming airborne. Use a finish nailer, and attach to the wall with small finish nails. Fill and caulk any holes or seams, and then paint the color of your choice.

Incorporating paneling into your interior design is a lasting way to bring style and sophistication. It can also be a great solution to a damaged wall or other blemish. Request free estimates from prescreened remodeling contractors in your area to include paneling in your finish design.

Wood paneling has been incorporated into interior design for several hundred years. Over time, styles and materials have advanced, along with the changes in culture and technologies. Now, wood paneling is produced in wood, wood veneers, MDF and HDF. Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is a favorite because of its ease of use and affordability.

Costs

Cost estimates for MDF wood paneling are only available through licensed remodeling contractors. Get a couple free price quotes to find out what your project would cost.

Pros

Water-resistant.

MDF is very affordable because of its simple manufacturing process.

Unlike wood, MDF will not warp or bend and has a very smooth surface.

Cons

Can have a lower-end look when compared to other materials.

MDF is not as durable as natural hardwood.

Durability

While MDF may not be as durable as natural hardwood, it is considered to have a high durability. It won’t change its shape due to temperature differences, and is fairly water-resistant-- as long as your MDF is not exposed to a large amount of water over an extended period of time.

Maintenance

Wood paneling, MDF included, is very easy to maintain. Simply dust the paneling regularly and do a deep clean now and then with a mixture of detergent and warm water. Always dry your paneling immediately.

Common Questions and Answers

How are MDF panels installed?

MDF panels are quite easy to install and can be attached directly to drywall. When cutting, it is recommended to use a carbide saw blade with vacuum attached to the saw to prevent the formaldehydes in the resin from becoming airborne. Use a finish nailer,

How is MDF made?

MDF is created by gluing wood fibers together with resin, and then compressing them with heat and pressure. It is considered a composite wood product.

History

Hardboard, a product similar to MDF, was first created on accident by William Mason in 1925 after he forgot to turn off his equipment in time to make insulation board. MDF wasn’t formally invented until the 1960s in Deposti, New York.

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