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tbecker
Whats the best type of Trim

Im planning on adding a lot of wainscoting to my hallways, stairwells, and a couple of rooms on my lower level. I'll be adding both flat panel and beadboard. I've heard that MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) wood is a better choice because it doesnt shrink as much, can be painted, and can be ordered in kits. Does anyone know if it is really better than using wood? Is it priced out of the ballpark? Are most reputable contracters/trim guy's experienced with it? I've never seen it - only saw an add for it in TOH magazine (elitetrimworks.com)

A. Spruce
Re: Whats the best type of Trim

MDF is used for all kinds of things, trim and wainscot included. It's more of a personal preference what you use to achieve the look you want. While MDF is very easy to work with, I don't personally like it because results in a very "cheap" feel and look, even when painted. MDF requires no special skill, any reputable contractor will be able to work with it.

cjsand
Re: Whats the best type of Trim

My house has some mdf base boards, they are fine in the carpet areas but where we have tile it swells every time we mop the floors, I wouldn't recommend it for tile areas.

A. Spruce
Re: Whats the best type of Trim
cjsand wrote:

My house has some mdf base boards, they are fine in the carpet areas but where we have tile it swells every time we mop the floors, I wouldn't recommend it for tile areas.

Good point, it shouldn't be used anywhere where water will come in contact with it, even if it's the occasional mopping.

peterbouchard
Re: Whats the best type of Trim

I used it in the same exact application you're using it for. I actually purchased a 4x8 sheet and cut my own trim. I wanted specific sizes..some a little different, etc.

Anyways. It worked out fine and paints up pretty nice..but I probably wouldn't use it again... I just didn't like working with it all that much, and don't like how it can easily chip away if banged, etc.

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