Radiator Covers

MDF Radiator Covers

Introduction to MDF Radiator Covers

Radiator covers are made from various materials with one of the most popular being MDF. MDF is commonly used in furniture, doors, shelving, laminate flooring, and more. 

 

MDF stands for medium density fibreboard and is a very useful wood compound similar to particleboards. MDF is made of wood waste fibres glued together and subjected to heat and pressure to provide a compact material that is also smooth, uniform, has insular qualities when it comes to sound and heat, and does not warp in moisture-filled environments, making it perfect for bathroom cabinets and radiator covers located in one’s bathroom.

Benefits of MDF

MDF is used in a number of applications for its high number of advantages over plain wood, as well as over particleboard or HDF (high density fibreboard). Its smoothness is due to the uniform, fine wood fibres used in its manufacture, hence upon cutting or sawing, the end parts will be just as smooth, eliminating the need to smoothen the edges. Due to this lovely texture, MDF can be easily painted to provide an attractive looking and finished surface- a result which is more difficult to obtain with other wood products.

With these benefits in mind, there’s no wonder it’s so often used for manufacturing radiator covers, especially in the do-it-yourself situation when homeowners prefer to use their skills and a few tools to provide the perfect ‘wrapping’ for their radiators.

Radiator covers

MDF Features that make it Perfect for Radiator Covers

MDF can be easily nailed, screwed, stapled or glued, providing the same versatility as wood. Since it is made by wood fibres which would otherwise be thrown in the dumpster, MDF represents an innovative wood alternative, and not the lumber itself. When working with MDF to build MDF radiator covers, people often use a carbide saw with a vacuum attached to decrease the risks of inhaling airborne dust which contains a dangerous substance contained in the resin, called formaldehyde. Another way to prevent it from entering one’s lungs would be to use special MDF that has lower formaldehyde levels.

To disguise the actual board made of wood waste fibres, people often cover it with thin layers of vinyl and even actual wood, making the MDF unit almost difficult to recognise, a feature highly recommended for hiding the MDF’s visible edges.

Since many manufacturers and homeowners use it for creating radiator covers, medium density fibreboards are not difficult to find. In fact, a simple search on Google will provide the following links leading to renowned companies that sell MDF radiator covers that not only look good, but are affordable too. This is because this material itself is cheap and easy to assemble, increasing its desirability for homeowners looking for wood alternatives: http://www.mdfworld.co.uk/ and http://www.coverscreen.co.uk/.

The main disadvantage of using MDF is that this material does not feel like real wood, nor does it have the same texture that actual lumber does. It is mostly used for its practicality and strength, and is perfect for making units to be placed in children or teenager rooms since it doesn’t cost much to replace it in case it gets damaged.