Surely everyone has heard of such a concept as the decorative processing of materials. One of such types is MDF laminated. Currently, it is often used in many areas of production, for example in the manufacture of doors, furniture, etc.
What is lamination? This is a kind of decorative processing plates. It is designed to decorate the product, and also helps to improve the technical and operational properties of the material. Laminated MDF panel has deservedly taken a leading position among other building materials.
Laminated MDF: general concept
MDF plates are more modern and high-tech products compared to their predecessors. In the process of their manufacture now use only modernized technology. The basis of such a material is woodworking production waste. And also commercial wood, which, due to its low quality, is not suitable for high-quality products.
The appearance of this material can significantly improve the products, giving them luxury and wealth. A striking example of this are MDF laminated doors.
Manufacturing technology of laminated MDF
The manufacturing process of MDF is as follows. Special chippers grind all raw materials in the chips. Then the resulting mass is poured with hot steam under high pressure, which makes the material much softer. Thereafter, the blank is adjusted to a certain consistency. During this process, the wood fibers released lignin (natural binding agent). The final step is drying, pressing and gluing.
In order for the finished products was laminated, with its front surface subjected to additional processing. Why do you need this process? Lamination is done to the material to impart additional properties, that is, to make the most resistant to moisture and all sorts of wears. In pursuit of this goal, on a sheet may cause a paper-resin or melamine film, which contains a special binder composition. After that, MDF is subjected to heat treatment. Such technological effects lead to certain chemical reactions. Thanks to them, the composition located on the surface of the films permeates the sheet. When starting the polymerization of the resin which forms the surface layer (it is not separated from the finished product), it is a laminated MDF.
As for the technical characteristics of this material, thanks to modern technology, it is extremely resistant to high humidity and to the effects of various chemicals. It is the laminated layer that prevents the reproduction of any kind of fungus or mold.
Advantages and disadvantages of MDF
It is clear that each material has its pros and cons. Laminated MDF is no exception. Of its main advantages is to provide a hygienic acceptable cost, especially in comparison with natural wood, environmentally friendly. In addition, this material has high sound and thermal insulation properties. A wide range of colors allows to realize different design ideas. And finally, the biggest advantage is easy to assemble, install laminated MDF easy enough, it does not need to possess special skills.
Regarding the minuses, they are little. Special attention deserves the low level of fire resistance and relatively large weight plates. This may be some limitations in the use of this material. It is also worth to note that when exposed to high temperatures, the top layer of MDF peels off.
The cost of laminated MDF panels
Despite the fact that laminated MDF has excellent mechanical and performance characteristics, its price is not so high when compared with other products of wood. A special manufacturing process of MDF, in which it is customary to use non-business wood (low entry price) or waste wood, has a significant impact on generation costs. This material is a different thickness and sizes, which, in turn, are displayed in monetary terms.
Laminated MDF (price starts from 300 rubles and above) can be purchased at any specialty store.