Wood paneling has been incorporated into interior design for several hundred years. Over time, styles and materials have advanced, along with the changes in culture and technologies. Now, wood paneling is produced in wood, wood veneers, MDF and HDF. Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is a favorite because of its ease of use and affordability.
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While MDF may not be as durable as natural hardwood, it is considered to have a high durability. It won’t change its shape due to temperature differences, and is fairly water-resistant-- as long as your MDF is not exposed to a large amount of water over an extended period of time.
Wood paneling, MDF included, is very easy to maintain. Simply dust the paneling regularly and do a deep clean now and then with a mixture of detergent and warm water. Always dry your paneling immediately.
MDF panels are quite easy to install and can be attached directly to drywall. When cutting, it is recommended to use a carbide saw blade with vacuum attached to the saw to prevent the formaldehydes in the resin from becoming airborne. Use a finish nailer, and attach to the wall with small finish nails. Caulk any holes or seams, and then paint the color of your choice.
MDF is created by gluing wood fibers together with resin, and then compressing them with heat and pressure. It is considered a composite wood product.
Hardboard, a product similar to MDF, was first created on accident by William Mason in 1925 after he forgot to turn off his equipment in time to make insulation board. MDF wasn’t formally invented until the 1960s in Deposti, New York.
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