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We have had a lot of people contacting us recently to find out if we manufacture skirting and architrave from HDF rather than MDF. After doing some digging around online, we realised that the reason we were being asked so much is that another online supplier makes the following claims:
“HDF is a highly moisture resistant material which is stronger and harder than MDF”
“HDF is far superior compared to standard or premium MDF”
This, unfortunately, is not at all true and is causing confusion for consumers who do not have access to the correct information.
HDF is a very thin board, with a typical thickness of 3mm-8mm, and is also often supplied perforated, meaning it is completely inappropriate as a substrate for creating interior mouldings. You may have seen HDF in your home as it is also commonly used as backing panels for furniture- if so you will understand how unsuited this material is for creating skirting boards and architrave!
If you see skirting boards and architrave at thicknesses of 15mm and more advertised as being cut from HDF we would recommend insisting that you see the data sheet or specification for the material being used, as it will definitely not be an HDF. Most likely it will be a dense grade of MDF being sold under the wrong name.
This image demonstrates the difference between various wood panel products- HDF (hardboard) can be seen on the far left, with the MDF on the far right being standard 18mm thickness.
Not all MDF’s are created equal.
There are different grades of MDF to suit different applications, and one of the key differentiating factors is the density of the MDF. The MDF we use (follow
The density of MDF is important in the manufacturing of skirting boards and architrave for 2 main reasons:
Another visual example of how
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About the Author
Kieron Miller is the Managing Director of Skirting 4 U and has been working in the skirting board and online retail industry since 2012. Kieron has been using his extensive product knowledge and problem-solving experience to help both trade and private consumers all over the country find the perfect skirting board products for their projects. He continues to innovate new solutions and product ideas as the market continues to grow.