MDF stands for medium density fibreboard, also known as MDF.
This type of board uses small wood fibers, smaller than those used for chipboard, which are pressed and glued. During the industrial manufacturing process, chemical components are also often added to improve the properties of the board. Most often water-repellent boards, which are more resistant to water, and fire-resistant boards, which are fire-retardant.
They can be found both raw and melamine coated, so their uses are similar to those of chipboard. However, one difference to highlight is that they are an excellent support for the application of finishes (varnish, enamel, lacquers…), since their texture is not only smoother but also allows sanding.
Although these fiberboards are known as MDF or DM (medium density), these acronyms only refer to an approximate density of 650-700 kg/m³. If the density is higher, it is logical to speak of HDF (High Density Fibreboard), and if it is lower, low density.
This type of board is made from wood fibers (approximately 85%) and compressed synthetic resins, which gives it a higher density than traditional chipboard or plywood.
It is presented unlaminated, simply lacquered, and has a uniform color. Unlike wood, it has no grain, which in part facilitates working with this type of board.
- We also find in MDF Fibracolour (wood fiberboard colored throughout the mass), lacquered without lamination for interior decoration, especially engravings.
- And Fibracolour TEX. Decorative boards with different embossed textures on their surface.