Pre-laminated MDF gets its name from smooth melamine, which is applied on to the surfaces of MDF to make it water tight in a bid to avoid swelling. Pre-laminated MDF allows various patterns, colours and designs to be applied with relative ease.
Laminated MDF gets its name from the laminate, which is applied on to the surfaces of MDF to make it water tight in a bid to avoid swelling. Laminated MDF allows various patterns, colours and designs to be applied with relative ease.
- Since the melamine seals the MDF, there is no need for finishing the cabinet interiors for a complete look.
- The melamine makes it easy to wipe and clean the surfaces.
- It is relatively cheap and affordable while providing a rich look.
- Plain white laminated MDF adds light and creates a bright interior for cabinets and storage boxes.
- Pre-laminated MDF is available in many colours, textures and wood grain patterns, hence more variety.
- It has a smooth surface, which makes it ideal for tables, counter tops, workstations and writing surfaces.
- It is slightly heavier than MDF.
- Adding a layer of melamine means the edges are prone to chipping when cutting. Thus it requires the right blade and special care when cutting.
- It holds fasteners better than MDF.
- The addition of melamine means that pre-laminated MDF is thicker than MDF.