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Fire Retardant MDF

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Flame retardant MDF (or FR MDF) is manufactured according to EN Euro class B and class C (fire retardant standards) and made for internal use in public areas like hotel lobbies, theatres, and institutional buildings that require fire retardant materials as specified by Building Regulations. For all intents and purposes, FR MDF exhibits the same qualities as standard MDF regarding machinability and cutting. However, a pink/light red dye is used during manufacture for easy identification.

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Flame retardant board is manufactured to provide fire protection in the following applications:

  • Public buildings
  • Exhibitions
  • Wall Linings
  • Partitions
  • Display Panels
  • Ceilings

Fire Retardant MDF Standards

  • EN ISO 11925 – Ignitability test
  • BS EN 13501-1 – Single Burning Item Test
  • BS EN BS 476: Part 22: 1987 – Fire rating when used as partition walls
  • BS EN 622-1 – Fibreboards Specifications: General Requirements
  • BS EN 622-5 – Fibreboards Specifications: Requirements for Dry Process Boards (MDF)
  • European Class B/C Fire Ratings

Fire Rated MDF Key Features

  • Complies with reaction for fire Class B or C as per EN3501 
  • CE marked for non-structural use under attestation system
  • Boards carry 60 minute (Euroclass B) or 30 minute (Euroclass C) fire ratings under BS 476: Part 22: 1987 for use as an internal wall partition
  • Same machining qualities as Standard MDF - equally easy to work with 

What is MDF Board?

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is a manufactured board produced by combining wood fibres with wax and a resin binder under heat and pressure. The resulting hot pressed 2440mm x 1220mm MDF panels are an extremely strong and dense material that can be used for a variety of applications; MDF boards are generally denser and offer more strength than plywood or particle board. 

It's also one of the most environmentally friendly materials on the market, as it is made from renewable resources. So next time you're looking to make a piece of furniture or try your hand at cabinetry, consider using MDF! You'll be doing your part to help the environment, and you'll end up with a beautiful and long-lasting product.

Safety Considerations

  • When in a workshop environment, workshop machines should be fitted with appropriate dust extraction equipment
  • Should be worked in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhalation of MDF dust 
  • Correct PPE such as dust masks and goggles should be worn when cutting 

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