I agree with Aaron and Mark on the differences between MDF and wood but I will not write off MDF. In lower priced renovations where the only trim I would use be 4 or 6" base board then MDF will do the job just fine.
The new generatin MDF is definitely better than the older stuff, but it's still a PITA to work with. I don't know what the primer on this stuff is made from. Almost seems like thinned drywall mud since it chips off fairly easily and sands to dust like drywall mud.
Both MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard) and particleboard are examples of engineered wood. These “woods” are made from wood by-products like fibers, sawdust, and shavings. These materials are combined together with some chemicals and glue and then compressed into a material with varying thicknesses.
Medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, a costlier alternative, is made using small wood fibers rather than wood dust. A study conducted by D.C. Wong and R.A. Kozak, published in the "Forest Products ...
MDF molding is a popular molding option. Compared to solid wood molding, MDF molding is much less expensive. Compared to solid wood molding, MDF molding is much less expensive. The lower price accounts for its popularity.
For paint-grade applications, there are two main types of doors to consider: molded doors and MDF doors. Molded doors are very popular, economical and come in a variety of styles. Molded doors are made of wood by-products and are pressed together in forms to create the particular door style. Molded doors come in two quality levels: hollow core and solid core.
MDF mouldings look exactly like real wood but MDF does not shrink nearly as much. There is no difference in appearance between a solid, paint grade wood moulding and MDF when sitting in the living room staring at the walls.We know a thing or two about crown mouldings.
Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) crown molding can be used in rooms where trim is painted. MDF is a stable and low-cost alternative to solid wood. It comes in a wide range of stock profiles, some with a natural wood veneer suitable for staining.
Medium Density Fiber (MDF) -MDF is an engineered wood product made from recycled wood fiber and considered to be environmentally friendly and green. Interior doors made from MDF are more stable and durable than wood doors and with a smoother surface for painting than wood.
Our GC gave us a brochure for Masonite doors that are molded doors made from Low density fiberboard, not medium density fiberboard. If they are good, i am happy to use them, but we'd probably be due a credit from the GC for not going with Simpson MDF solid core.
Medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, a costlier alternative, is made using small wood fibers rather than wood dust. A study conducted by D.C. Wong and R.A. Kozak, published in the "Forest Products Journal" in March 2008, revealed that furniture and cabinet producers across Canada considered MDF superior to particleboard in several respects.
Some of the MDF doors would be in the $250-$300 range. I'm not the one spending the money (or I guess the money has already been spent and is now being fulfilled), since this is a fixed bid contract. Our spec calls for Simpson solid core MDF or approved equivalent.
Re: Composite vs MDF spruce, they do make solid core MDF molded doors. the main difference between the solid core MDF doors and solid core wood door is getting them wet, which usually doesn't happen inside a house so it's really a non-issue.
Frequently Asked Questions. Difference between MDF, Plaster and Styrofoam materials and Will joints or corners crack after installation? That mostly depends on 2 things:
Replaced the MDF with pine, and I just wipe it down and move on. Baseboards shouldn't see the water my windows see, but MDF is soft as someone else pointed out. Go pine.
I checked out the Buying Guide and was unable to locate any information regarding the advantages and disadvantages for the MDF, Pine, and Composite material doors.
The MDF we use (follow link for more information) is, as far as we can establish, the best MDF available for our purpose. Standard-grade MDF has a typical density of 680kg/m3 730kg/m3, whereas the moisture resistant MDF that we use is a premium grade and has a density of 800kg/m3.
MDF. Sifting through the comments posted in “Breaktime” and other online forums reveals strong feelings on whether MDF (medium-density fiberboard) is a suitable interior trim material. Some carpenters love it; others hate it. In the end, whether to use MDF or finger-jointed trim can be a matter of personal preference.
Solid-core doors represent an interim construction method, in which a fine-grade surface wood veneer is glued over a solid core made of engineered wood, such as MDF or Masonite. Solid-core wood doors can be used for either exterior or interior doors.