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19 December 2020
Top 5 questions about MDF for beginners By Chris Fellowes

Here are some of your MDF questions answered by our very own Chris Fellows, he is our senior sales executive, who has a wealth of knowledge in the building supplies industry,  based in Goole.

What is MDF?

Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood produced by breaking down residual hardwood or softwood into wood fibres, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and by applying high temperature and pressure to shape these into panels. MDF is usually denser than plywood. It is made of various fibres but can be used similarly in application to plywood as a construction material. It's thicker than the particle board, and denser than that.

Are MDF skirting boards any good compared to other materials such as Pine etc?

For several reasons, MDF is perfect. There are no knots or imperfections, unlike Pine or timber, MDF involves less time to prepare. This is because all it requires is just to sand down for smoothness and then ready for the final finish of paint. If you are looking for ease and speed, MDF is your friend.

Remember though that before painting, you may need to caulk it with Everbuild Caulk.

How do you join MDF Skirting Boards?

That’s easy, just use some Mitre mate or any good wood glue and you are good to go. You can buy some from us in store or order it online with your purchase of MDF skirting and Architrave.

How do you fix MDF skirting to the wall?

Fixing skirting boards with adhesive is going to be the best choice if you have nice straight walls. This way, you'll achieve a clean and professional end. You need to add the adhesive to the back after you've cut the board to size. We consider using a pattern with a zig-zag. For a secure fit, nails are a good option - especially when used in conjunction with adhesive.

Remember to choose a good mastic glue!

Can you fit skirting boards after carpets are in?

We recommend you fit your skirting boards before you install your carpets as it will save you time and give you nice clean edges and as a bonus you won't have to tear the skirting boards off if you want to change the carpet.

Hope these answers have helped you on your way to becoming a DIY expert! If you still need more advice on which skirting board would be best suited to you, please do not hesitate to give your nearest branch a call and ask!

You can also shop online for all your supplies on www.bmcoltd.co.uk

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