MDF vs. Plywood: Choosing the Right Material for your Home

by Amit K. Marketing Manager

Both plywood and MDF plywood (Medium Density Fibreboard) are engineered wood products, but both have somewhat different features and applications.

Plywood has been present on the market for a substantial amount of time and is now known to be a very effective, foldable option for a range of applications. It is made by joining pressed sheets of wood veneers together by bonding to one continuous sheet and comes in different thicknesses and species, including softwoods and hardwoods such as oak, birch, maple, mahogany, and ash, to name a few.

Like MDF, plywood sheets are available in different grades and thicknesses, allowing you to pick the best one for your needs.

Lower-grade plywoods tend to be used for the interior of house constructions, whereas higher grade plywoods are used for furniture and cabinets that need a much better finish and grain since they tend to allow the show of attractive looking knots, wood grains, and consistent finishes.

MDF, on the other hand, is used more as a utility commodity for the building of housings, carcasses, and buildings than for the exterior shell to be shown. MDF boards are composed of dense material composed of broken-down hardwood and softwood residues, and these fine particles are then pressed with wax and resin under high pressure and temperature, creating a clean, uniform finish.

Side-by-side, plywood and MDF plywood are two very different looking fabrics and, in actual use, are both better used with different specifications.

Advantages of Plywood

Let us now take a look at the benefits we get from plywood:

1.       It is very durable and malleable, consisting of several layers of wood veneers.

2.       More weather and waterproof than MDF and will not absorb moisture as easily as possible, rendering it less vulnerable to damage.

3.       It is stainable so it is ideal for products that need a high-quality finish and wood grain on show.

4.       Keep screws and nails very well because of the multi-layer wood construction.

Disadvantages of Plywood

Now know about the shortcomings of plywood:

1.       Costs considerably more than MDF and can be very costly when selecting higher quality plywood.

2.       It needs edge banding or decorative molding at the edge due to uncovered layers on the edges.

3.       It is tougher to cut a smooth edge that can slice and split with more straight blades.

4.       It is not ideal for complicated cuts or designs and appears to break or split when used with a router.

Advantages of MDF

Let us now take a look at the advantages we get from MDF:

1.       It's usually a lot easier to buy than a plywood sheet.

2.       Has a glossy surface such that it is suitable for painting and finishing.

3.       Consistent smooth surfaces make it suitable for artifacts requiring a sharp point.

4.       It is fast to cut complicated shapes and patterns using a jigsaw, router or band saw.

Disadvantages of MDF

Now know about the shortcomings of MDF:

1.       It is terrible under damp or rainy conditions when the particles suck up water like a sponge and rot.

2.       Because of its fine particle composition, it does not hold screws or nails well

3.       It can be incredibly heavy and difficult to deal with due to its mass.

4.       It can't be painted as the particles suck up some moisture and leave a very bad finish.

5.       It contains VOCs such as urea-formaldehyde, so caution should be taken before cutting or sanding.

Which product is right for your home?

The general rule of thumb is that if moisture is a matter of question, always go for plywood over MDF plywood at any time. MDF can rot very rapidly and disintegrate easily if exposed to water for an extended period of time.

With that in mind, MDF is much better suited to indoor objects and is a common material for those looking to create cabinets, shelvings, and other items that can be painted or finished with moldings or trims. Never threaten to dye MDF because it doesn't look fine at all. But if you have a complex template that involves cutting curves and irregular shapes, MDF is very good for this use.

Plywood sheet is more flexible in weather as it can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. It is commonly used for skin frames, as well as good materials for custom cabinets, flooring, and furniture that require natural wood grain finishing. It's also perfect for products with a curved surface-made very popular in the '80s at the height of the skateboard halfpipe craze.

While far more resilient to moisture than MDF, it may also be broken down over time and delaminated if not handled. External plywood performs well if it has to be used outdoors and it is recommended that the overall finish and life span be extended on a daily basis.

You can find more details about it, Please visit the Todiplywood website, a market leader of Green MDF Dealers in Kolkata, it also supplies Century MDF in Kolkata.

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About Amit K. Professional   Marketing Manager

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