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Moisture Resistant & External MDF

For outdoor use or wet surfaces, Theo’s Timber offers a good range of moisture resistant and external MDF. As the name implies, it is suitable for wet rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. MDF is available in FSC, although it must be asked for. MDF is an engineered wood product made of softwood fibres glued together under high pressure and heat.

Moisture Resistant MDF (2440 x 1220mm)MDF is smooth, has no knots and is machineable. Its smooth surface is ideal for painting, grain printing, or the application of wood veneers and paper foils. Moreover, our external MDF is good for outdoor use. This is commonly used in summer houses, gates and fencing.

What Is External MDF?

MDF stands for Medium Density Fibreboard and is a resilient wooden material that is ubiquitous in many households, workshops and offices around the world. It is typically manufactured by exerting high heat and pressure onto softwood fibres.

However, conventional MDF is unsuitable for any environment that will have a high level of moisture, which is problematic when you are seeking that excellent, machine finished quality to your bathroom, kitchen, or garden house. We understand that when you build something, you want it to last.

This is why our external MDF makes all the difference. Our external fibreboard is specially treated, specifically to allow you all the freedom that comes with normal MDF but none of the risks that normally come from moisture exposure, giving you the opportunity to put the perfect touches to your projects without having to pay way over the odds. If you choose to use our water resistant materials, you should feel confident knowing that what you’ve made is going to be there for years – not months.

Why Choose Our MDF?

Wanted to build yourself a summerhouse, but baulked at the cost of other water resistant materials? Our external MDF gets you closer for cheaper. Wanted to add a beautiful panel to the gate, but couldn’t find a quality wood that wasn’t impractically heavy? Our moisture resistant fibreboard is lightweight, perfect to paint on and a joy to varnish.

How does it compare with solid wood?
Apart from its cost-effectiveness, the most obvious aspect of MDF is the lack of knots or rings. Which is Medium Density Fibreboard is easy to cut, paint, and add veneer coatings. The lack of knots or rings make for a consistent surface.

How does it compare with plywood and particle board?
MDF is stronger than plywood and particle board. Though denser than real wood, particle board (or chipboard if you prefer) is the lightest and weakest kind of fibreboard. Plywood can be stronger depending on its thickness.

What about cutting Medium Density Fibreboard?
Unlike conventional woods, the manufacturing process of MDF involves the use of binding agents and chemicals. We recommend cutting MDF in a well ventilated environment as formaldehyde can be released from the dust. Personal Protective Equipment like facial masks should be worn.

We are also very proud to be able to offer you a choice in where your wood comes from in the supply chain. We have our conventional material of impeccable standard that comes from our usual supply chain; however, we also stock FSC quality wood as well. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) wood is ethically sourced from responsibly managed sustainable forests, or created utilising recycled wood. We are also aware that this may not be for everyone, so please make sure to specifically request if you would like our FSC materials.

Please bear in mind that when you choose to purchase any materials from Theo’s Timber Ltd, you are buying from a trusted and reliable family business, with many years of helping small tradesmen or big companies alike. We are nothing short of honoured to have served Manchester and the North West for all this time. Call us on 0161 834 6789 or email with any enquiries.

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