Get to Know More About MDF boards Popular in Kenya

Medium Density Fibreboard, or MDF wood, is an engineered composite wood product created from hardwood and softwood leftovers glued with wax and resin under tremendous pressure and pressure.

Below is an article discussing about the common types of MDF boards that are commonly used in Kenya.


It is created through breaking and crushing and of word residuals into wood fibres, then combined with a wax and resin binder. MDF has a density that ranges from 500 kg/m3 (31 lb/ft3) to 1,000 kg/m3 (62 lb/ft3). Due to the strong resins, it is denser compared to other woods.

Professionals sand the MDF board after it has formed to smooth out flaws and give it an excellent surface. The board can then be treated with oil, varnish, or paint. Furthermore, the finishing of MDF boards occasionally necessitates the use of laminates and veneers. Often, to make the MDF of better quality e extra wood fibres is added to the container. As a result, it creates a nearly identical board but with a more significant density.

Types of MDF

In Kenya, there are different types of MDF, but there are about three common types that are commonly used. Below are  types of mdf boards in Kenya:

  • Particleboard
  • Plywood
  • Laminated roofs

Particleboard and Plywood

It is worth emphasizing that while Plywood and chipboard are both engineered wood products, none is MDF. Particleboard is created from small wood chips bonded together, heated, and pressed into panels before being coated with resin to promote water resistance. Particleboard is far less costly than MDF, but it is not as sturdy and does not hold up as well against moisture.

On the other hand, Plywood is a product formed from numerous layers of thin veneer that are glued together in alternate directions. This gives the material a higher core strength, more excellent moisture resistance, and a better capacity to hold fasteners than MDF. However, Plywood is significantly more expensive.

Laminated Roofs

Due to its dependable strength and durability, laminated boards are a form of hardboard that you may find if you disassemble that lovely shabby chic sideboard in your hallway. The specific board comprises several thinner boards made of wood fibres subjected to high heat and joined together with equal high pressure to allow the sheets to blend practically and become one. With its robust and stiff properties, this type of MDF wood is more commonly utilized for oversized furniture, which is the polar opposite of what particle boards and fibreboards are used for.


MDF boards in Kenya are used because they are generally more flexible than other forms of wood and so may be used for curved surfaces, it is less costly, and their strength and qualities are constant over the whole surface. Some of the facts about the MDF boards are that flexibility can be troublesome when not sealed since it can warp and expand when exposed to too much water, that it is denser than other woods due to solid resins, and that it will split when screwed along the edges.

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