Trimwork often makes the most definitive statement about the style of a home, just as a necktie establishes the style of a man’s suit. The trim in a room speaks volumes very often, as simply put.
Because architects are very often finding this material has the inherent ability to outperform lumber in every important aspect, those trimmings are constructed from medium-density fiberboard (MDF). As the name implies, MDF is made from wood and agricultural fibers. This means that it has smoother surface and much denser makeup.
That MDF has over lumber is that it offers larger maximum piece dimension is another advantage. The lengths of up to 16 feet are available with full thickness. There is no warping, no knots or splits to deal with. It is also a lot easier to caulk and also lighter to work with (20 percent lighter). Furthermore, the advantages of MDF are something contractors and builders are very much aware of because trim is something that buyers look for in a new home.
MDF is popular for use in cabinets and often takes center stage in home theatres, in addition to trim. For example, high-end speaker cabinets are 100 percent MDF constructions because it is dense, rigid and acoustically inert. While keeping vibration transmission to a minimum, a properly designed MDF speaker cabinet will focus the maximum “acoustic energy” at the listener.
While MDF moulding is widely available pre-primed, it can easily be stained or laminated with printed foils and veneers, according to the Composite Panel Association. With the same tools, it also installs just like finger-jointed lumber.
Moulding that made of medium-density fiberboard costs about one-third the price of traditional solid or finger-jointed wood is particular interest to homeowners besides its beauty.