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Melamine Faced Chipboard

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Melamine-faced chipboard, also known as MFC, is a composite wood product that features a chipboard core and a decorative surface layer infused with melamine resin. It is a popular choice in the construction industry and offers several advantages over other materials. Melamine-faced chipboard is commonly used for furniture, cabinetry, and shelving due to its affordability and versatility. It can be easily customised with edging tape, which provides a finished look to the exposed edges. 

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What Is Melamine-Faced Chipboard? 

At its core, melamine-faced chipboard consists of a chipboard base, made from compressed wood particles, which provides stability and strength. 

The surface layer is manufactured using a combination of melamine resin and paper, creating a durable and attractive finish. This layer can be found in a wide range of colours, patterns, and textures, allowing for versatile design options.

The main advantage of melamine-faced chipboard lies in its durability. The melamine resin coating protects the chipboard core from scratches, stains, and heat, ensuring a long-lasting and low-maintenance surface.

For your convenience, we carry a great range of flooring chipboard options including 22mm and 18mm chipboard that comes with the added benefit of moisture resistance and safeguards against external elements. 

For other high-quality sheet materials including oriented strand board (OSB) and Medium Fibre Density board (MDF) as well as melamine-faced MDF, simply take a look at our sheet materials category page.
For all of the necessary accessories to fix your sheet materials, check out our screws and fixings page.

Melamine Faced Chipboard Applications

Melamine-faced chipboard, or MFC, is an excellent substitute for solid wood when working on interior projects. 

Not only is it versatile, but it's also more budget-friendly than using natural wood. MFC makes for a cost-effective alternative to solid wood when constructing furniture pieces like shelving and cabinets.

We recommend using Melamine Board in the following applications: 

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets and shelves
  • Decorative projects
  • Bedroom wardrobe and kitchen cabinet applications 
  • Counter tops/worktops, office furniture, doors, and desks

Melamine White Chipboard Key Features 

  • Consistent colouring and grain pattern - aesthetically appealing
  • Veneer patterns are natural - may present natural imperfections such as knots
  • Ideal substitute for wood veneer
  • Does not require any finishing 
  • Greater stain resistance than varnish
  • Moisture resistant - won't bend or warp when exposed to humid conditions
  • Abrasion, impact and scratch resistant 

Frequently Asked Melamine Faced Chipboard Questions

Can MFC Be Used in Wet Areas?

While MFC is moisture-resistant, it is not completely waterproof. It is best suited for use in dry or moderately humid areas. 

For wet areas such as bathrooms or kitchens, it is recommended to use specialised waterproof materials.

Can MFC Be Painted or Varnished?

MFC typically comes with a pre-finished surface, eliminating the need for painting or varnishing. However, if desired, MFC can be painted or varnished using appropriate products and techniques.

Can MFC Be Used for Outdoor Applications?

MFC is not recommended for outdoor use as prolonged exposure to sunlight and moisture can lead to discolouration, warping, and deterioration of the material.

Is MFC Environmentally Friendly?

MFC is typically manufactured from sustainable and recycled materials, making it a relatively eco-friendly choice compared to some other materials. However, it is important to check the specific manufacturer's certifications and practices for a more accurate assessment of its environmental impact.

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