EPiC database - MDF sheet

This material is part of the free Environmental Performance in Construction (EPiC) Database. The EPiC Database contains embodied environmental flow coefficients for 250+ construction materials using a comprehensive hybrid life cycle inventory approach.

Medium density fibreboard (MDF), is a manufactured timber product made from reconstituted wood fibres. It is denser than particleboard or plywood, and has a smooth finish. MDF is commonly covered with timber veneer, vinyl, or a melamine paper coating, providing increased durability, water resistance and aesthetic qualities. MDF is cost-effective when compared with other sheet materials, and is typically stronger than particleboard.

MDF is created by combining residual wood fibres with a resin binder and wax, and pressing at a high temperature. Urea-formaldehyde is commonly used for non-waterproof applications, and melamine urea formaldehyde for increased water resistance.

MDF is commonly used for joinery and interior purposes. Depending on the resin used, it can have a moderate resistance to water, and is generally not suited to exterior applications.

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