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The Benefits of MDF Skirting Boards

There used to be a time when skirting boards were made of hardwood. Today, however, this popularity has changed hands and more people are now looking at using MDF for their skirting boards. Below are some of the main benefits of using MDF skirting boards over all the traditional materials used which is real wood.

With MDF your skirting board with neither warp nor crack and this is one of its best benefits. And this is because MDF is a man-made material and not real wood. Your MDF skirting board will not get affected by any changes in temperature or moisture.

If you use real wood, they naturally react the temperature and moisture changes. When there is high humidity, wood absorbs moisture in the air and therefore it expands. And when humidity is low the wood contracts. This characteristic of wood poses a problem when joining 2 pieces together. Perfect joins can be ruined if the wood expands or contracts and this will make the join unpleasant to look at.

The good thing about MDF is that it is resistant to moisture. MDF boards then are ideal in places with high moisture content without ruining its looks. Bathrooms and kitchens can then use MDF skirting boards.

Another benefit of using MDF skirting boards is that there are many sizes available in the market today. They are manufactured in large standardized sheets of different 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. You cannot achieve this with natural wood which is sold by meter. When trees are harvested they do not give exact lengths so there are no standard sizes.

MDF skirting boards are easy to paint. MDF has no imperfections that will make painting difficult. There are no knots or splinters that you find in real wood. It is easier to paint MDF skirting boards because of this. Some natural woods also do not have a consistent surface color so you need to use extra coats of paint to achieve the best results. The dark color of knots will require you to put many coats of pain in order for it now to show.

With its consistent surface, you have a great looking MDF skirting board 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 you can enjoy if you use MDF skirting boards to make your home beautiful.

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