Great Reasons to Use MDF Skirting Boards
There was a time when there was no other material used for skirting boards except hardwood. Today, MDF have surpassed the popularity of hardwood as the material for skirting boards. Below are some of the main benefits of using MDF skirting boards over all the traditional materials used which is real wood.
One of the main reasons why most homeowners today prefer using MDF for skirting board is that it is not likely to warp or to crack. It does not warp nor crack because it is not real wood. So even when temperature and moisture content in the atmosphere changes, it does not affect MDF at all.
If you use real wood, they naturally react the temperature and moisture changes. They expand when the level of humidity is high because they take in moisture in the air. When there is low humidity, wood contracts. This characteristic of wood poses a problem when joining 2 pieces together. Your perfect join can be ruined when wood changes shape due to changes in moisture level in the air.
MDF is moisture resistant. MDF boards then are ideal in places with high moisture content without ruining its looks. Areas like kitchens are bathrooms will have no problems with MDF skirting boards.
There are many sizes of MDF skirting boards that you can purchase. What is good with MDF skirting boards is that you can buy them at standardized sizes. Having standard sized lengths is advantageous because if you are to estimate the number of pieces you need for your room, you are able to control where to put joins. Since natural wood is sold by meter, controlling join placement can be difficult. You can understand that tree have no standardized sizes because when they are harvested their lengths are not exact.
When it comes to painting, MDF skirting boards are easier to paint than wooden boards. This is because there will be no natural imperfections in it. Knots and splinters are found in wood but not in MDF. This is what makes MDF skirting boards easier to paint. Sometimes you need extra coats of pain for wooden skirting boards because natural wood surface color is not consistent. The problem with knots in natural wood is that they are darker in color and they will show through even after several coats of paint.
The consistent surface of MDF makes it look great after painting. Flat skirting board surfaces from MDF have a perfectly smooth outer layer which makes it easy to have a great paint finish.
These are just some of the many benefits of using MDF skirting boards for your home.