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MDF or wood: Which is better for interior baseboards and trim?

MDF or wood: Which is better for interior baseboards and trim?

MDF or wood: Which is better for interior baseboards and trim?

Both MDF and wood are good options for the inside of your home. Here’s a breakdown of the choices for trim materials. Stop by or call us with more detailed questions—we’ll help you finish your home in style.

MDF
Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is a composite made up of sawdust and glue. It’s less expensive than other options, and it’s quite common — about 70% of homes use trim made of MDF. The smooth, primed surface is ideal for painting. View MDF light boards and moulding products.
Note: we don’t recommend using MDF for exterior trim as the material can absorb moisture and swell.

Finger Jointed Wood
A finger joint is when two short pieces of primed wood are connected by pre-cut “fingers” and glued together. Finger jointed wood has the positive qualities of wood but is less expensive than stain-grade wood. It’s durable and holds up to water well.

Stain-grade Wood
Made from solid wood, stain-grade mouldings can be stained or finished. The rich colors and wood-grain pattern add warmth and a natural, organic feel to a home. The most common stain-grade wood is hemlock (view hemlock boards and moulding products). Our customers also use knotty elder, fir, oak, and others to create beautiful trim.