The most common perception when it comes to choosing between wood and MDF is that solid wood trumps everything.
It is considered the most reliable and durable material, while MDF board is considered a cheap, inferior alternative.
Despite this popular belief, wood is not always the best choice. There are cases where MDF may be the better choice.
Its full name is Medium Density Fiberboard and it is a type of treated wood as it contains wood fibers, resin and wax.
Often considered a level above plywood because it is denser, more durable and has almost as many applications as solid wood.
In houses, MDF is mainly chosen in the construction of kitchen, wardrobe and bathroom doors. And there are many reasons for this.
MDF, like wood, contracts and expands with fluctuations in temperature and humidity.
However, unlike wood, MDF is more resistant to them and does not change shape or crack. This is because the panel, thanks to its structure, moves as a unit.
Also, because it is made of very fine particles, it does not have visible grains. This results in a better and smoother finish.
It is easier to format. Its structure is such that it can be cut and engraved into many designs and forms.
Another advantage is its resistance to shocks and pressures while, at the same time, it does not scratch like melamine. Thus, it is ideal for furniture whose use can damage the construction material (eg bookcases, wardrobes).
Available in larger sizes than solid wood. If you have a project that requires a large surface without joints, MDF is the recommended choice.
Finally, the lower price range, with all the above benefits, is definitely an important factor for choosing this material over others.