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Why Choose MDF Skirting Boards Over Real Wooden 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.
When it comes to the possibility of warping or cracking, MDF skirting boards are at no risk and this is the reason why many homeowners prefer to use this type of board. The reason for this is simply that MDF is not real wood but a man-made material. Man made materials do face the risk of warping or cracking even when temperature and moisture content in the areas surrounding it change.
When you deal with real wood, the difficulty lies in the fact that they react to changes in temperature and moisture which changes its shape. When there is high humidity, wood absorbs moisture in the air and therefore it expands. Wood contracts when there is low humidity. When joining two pieces of boards together, you can soon have a problem with wood. Your perfect join can be ruined when wood changes shape due to changes in moisture level in the air.
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. 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. There are many standardized sizes manufactured. Standard sized lengths enable you to determine the exact number of pieces and the exact places where to put the joins. Since natural wood is sold by meter, controlling join placement can be difficult. The reason for this is that trees do not yield exact lengths when harvested.
When it comes to painting, MDF skirting boards are easier to paint than wooden boards. MDF has no imperfections that will make painting difficult. MDF has no knots or splinters like you find in wood. It is easier to paint MDF skirting boards because of this. When you deal with natural wood, their surface sometimes do not have consistent color so you will need extra coats of paint to come out with the best results. Knots in wood are dark in color and this will require you to put many coats of paint because they show even after several coats.
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 of using MDF skirting boards for your home.
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