What is High-Density Fiberboard (HDF) or ‘engineered wood?

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What is High-Density Fiberboard (HDF) or ‘engineered wood?

While solid wood consists of wood only, High-Density Fiberboard (HDF) is an engineered wood product that is a mixture of wood fiber, real wood, resin, and adhesives. HDF is a step above MDF and plywood. It stands for High Density Fiberboard, and like the name suggests, it is the hardest of the three with a density of 800 to 1040 kilograms per cubic meter.

HDF requires a lot more heat and pressure when it’s manufactured, making it more durable and comparable to solid wood.

What is High-Density Fiberboard (HDF) or ‘engineered wood?

Advantages of HDF

  • No warping or cracking  – This is probably the biggest advantage to HDF over wood. HDF does not experience movement from expansion and contraction like traditional wood does, so there is no warping or cracking when you choose this material.

  • Smooth Finish – HDF is made from very fine particles, which means there is no noticeable grain. This can be an advantage for your cabinet project especially if you’re painting and looking for that sleek, flawless finish. When it comes to painted cabinet doors, we recommend HDF over solid wood.

  • Versatile – HDF can be cut, routed, and modified easily into different shapes and sizes with a CNC machine. If you have a project that demands no joints, 1-piece HDF doors are the recommended choice.

 The recycled nature of HDF construction makes them environmentally friendly, and the pressure used to create them makes them highly durable.

What is High-Density Fiberboard (HDF) or ‘engineered wood?

Disadvantages Of Solid Wood

  • Moisture damage Wood is not waterproof. When wood is exposed to moisture, humidity, and temperature changes, it can rot. Which isn’t an easy or cheap fix.

  • Warping and cracking This is probably wood’s biggest downfall. Wood is an organic substance that expands and contracts when humidity levels rise and drop. Because of that movement, the functionality of the door is affected. Warping, swelling, shrinking, and cracking are just a few of the noticeable damages that can happen when your cabinet doors are not in a controlled environment.

 While not all types of solid wood are expensive, most are. Using HDF in today’s economy makes your dream kitchens affordable.