Let discuss components, especially MDF and PVC two compounds we frequently use in a lot of our Accent Walls, TV Feature Walls, Wainscotting Accents, and Fireplace Feature Walls. Typically MDF is used for the interior and PVC for the outside, but we’ll explain why in this article. We’re going to take a look at their advantages and disadvantages, and what they’re used for.
MDF is an abbreviation for Medium Density Fiberboard.
It is a kind of fiberboard made from wood or other “lignocellulosic” (aka dry plant matter) materials that are distilled into fibres and reconstituted at high temperatures with a resin binder (super strong glue). It is one of four major types of wood-based panels, the others being laminated boards, particle boards, and oriented strand boards.
MDF is a common material used in the trade since it is easier to machine than natural wood and can be laminated and painted to produce almost any board finish. It also has certain properties that are similar to natural wood and can therefore be used as a replacement for it.
What’s the deal with MDF?
Because of the materials in it, it is resistant to warping, moisture, and compression, making it an excellent option for your residence or commercial application. It may be used for wall or ceiling paneling, trim work, flush door skins, office windows, and other applications. The disadvantage of MDF is that it is not a good option for outdoor use… This leads us to PVC.
PVC is an abbreviation for polyvinyl chloride compound.
It is one of the world’s most commercially manufactured plastic polymers. Since the key components of PVC are saltwater and ethylene from tar, the manufacturing process is fascinating. As a result, the plastic has really high density. PVC is used in two varieties: rigid and adjustable. The solid PVC has the highest density of the two, resulting in a composite that is very sturdy and hard. That is not to suggest that the adaptable.
Why is PVC used?
Since it is a synthetic polymer (plastic), it is resistant to moisture and insects. As a result, it is suitable for places that experience a lot of rainfall, such as a coastal home or a spot with high humidity. It does not need to be painted and can be used directly on exterior faux wall pannels & stone.
As you can see, there are a lot of gaps between them. MDF is better suited for internal implementations, while PVC is best suited for external ones due to their properties. Both are beautiful additions to every home or company, helping you to build a look that is exclusive to you.