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Flat Stock FAQs
You want the best for your project, and often that means asking many questions to ensure everything you buy is suitable for what you want to do. There are several questions you might have when it comes to flat stock. Below you will find some of the most common questions about this moulding. If you aren’t satisfied after exploring these FAQs, please feel free to reach out and speak to one of our experts today!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MDF AND HARDWOOD?
You may hear the terms “hardwood” or “MDF” used to describe the same products because these materials are often used to make the same things. Hardwood is wood directly from trees. MDF, also known as medium-density fiberboard, is a wood product made from wood fibers combined with a wax and resin binder. High temperatures and pressure are used to press it into sheets.
The main difference that is important to note between the two is that hardwood is a solid piece. MDF comprises smaller particles and is formed into a single piece.
IS MDF OR HARDWOOD BETTER FOR MY PROJECT?
Deciding whether to use MDF or hardwood for your project comes down to personal preference. MDF can be used in nearly every application that you could use hardwood. Though it functions similarly, the way MDF looks might be a factor in determining which one you will use for your project. Hardwood has the natural grain from the tree, while MDF lacks that grain because it is made up of very fine particles and is not a solid piece of real wood.
Another consideration you might have for your project is the material’s strength. For example, you might choose hardwood for making a piece of furniture, but MDF might be the better choice for something decorative that you will paint over anyway. The option is up to you or your contractors.
If you have project-specific questions, feel free to contact our experts for guidance!
WHY CHOOSE FLAT STOCK?
Flat stock works for so many projects because it’s incredibly flexible. Sizing is consistent, machines easily, and takes paint well so that you will get an even coating every time. Additionally, it may be more cost-effective than other materials you might want to use for the same projects. Talk to your contractor today about the best options for your project or get in touch with us if you are working on a DIY project.
WHAT PROJECTS NEED FLAT STOCK?
You can use flat stock for many different project types. From home improvement projects to decorative “just for fun” projects, flat stock has many uses. It is an excellent option for moulding of all kinds. Try flat stock trim for crown moulding or even baseboard. If you have issues deciding if flat stock is the right material for your project, get in touch with us today!
HOW MANY FEET OF FLAT STOCK DO I NEED FOR MY PROJECT?
As with most DIY projects, having too much is better than having less than you need on hand. Remember the adage “measure twice, cut once” and always have extra pieces on hand just in case of mistakes. If you went a bit overboard with purchasing the flat stock, however, you might find that you have enough for another smaller project later on! There’s no harm in planning your next project with leftover pieces from your last one.
I’M A CONTRACTOR WHO NEEDS FLAT STOCK FOR A PROJECT. CAN YOU HELP?
As a contractor, you likely already know what you need and how much flat stock you require for your project. In case you don’t, however, contractor resources are available to help you through any job. Our experts can help you get the high-quality products you need, thanks to our relationships with mills worldwide.
TAKE YOUR HOME FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY WITH FLAT STOCK TRIM
If the idea of choosing between MDF or hardwood flat stock trim is making you hesitate, you might want to check them out in person. And if you want to see the differences for yourself, The Moulding Company has several locations where you can browse an enormous stock of mouldings and trim, including flat stock!
Stop in one of our four showrooms to speak with our friendly and knowledgeable sales team. With nearly five decades of experience helping homeowners, they can assist you in improving the look and functionality of your living spaces.