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Solid Wood vs MDF: What's the story(3)

TIME: 2017-03-16


Solid Wood vs MDF: What's the story(3)

MDF is readily available in much larger sizes—5-foot by 12-foot panels, for example—than solid wood. These large sheets can be milled into bead board panels or wainscot paneling 

Unlike solid wood, there is no visible grain on the surface of an MDF panel. Therefore, the common problem of wood grain and knots bleeding through paint or stain is not a factor when MDF is used.

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Another consideration is cost; here, too, MDF is often a better value. Solid wood is often more expensive and sometimes is not as readily available. OurGoldea’s standards require that we use only top quality material for our products. Therefore we purchase more solid wood for projects because we cull through for the best wood eliminating pieces with imperfections, such as knots and cracks. MDF can be more economical in many applications; for example, in bead board paneling and wainscoting where large sheets can be used.           

When you are ready to start a new project that includes painted millwork, it's best to review all your options.  At Goldea, we will gladly discuss your needs, show you samples and provide information to help with your decisions. Using MDF is an excellent choice for interior millwork applications - from cabinetry to casework.


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