There are a lot of things that people do simply because that’s the way it has always been done. That doesn’t mean it is the best way, or the right way.
Over 100,000 Happy Customers
Here at Murphy Door, we have over 100,000 happy customers around the globe. This means if we deliver an inferior product, we will be at a high risk of warranties overtaking our production. Because of this we stay up to date on current manufacturing trends as well as engineering to ensure our customers get the very best product possible. Murphy Door has direct contact with the Engineers at our lumber manufacturers, who spend all their time insuring we can give our customers the best product possible and giving our customers a lifetime of use.
Murphy Door invests heavily into Research and Development. Especially on the engineering and design of materials available for our product and their intended use. Wood is the main component in our products, and the types of woods we use and where we use them, is scientifically engineered.
We understand many of our competitors use plywood and some refer to it as Solid Wood, which it is NOT. Like MDF, Plywood is an engineered panel. And like MDF, the uses and functions vary dramatically. The types sold at your big box stores are all based around price. So naturally they will be the cheapest and lowest performing options available. Murphy Door only uses the highest tested and top performing materials on the market.
MDF stands for medium density fiber. Inside this description sits many different grades. Some of these lower grades you will find at your local big box store, that are built for low-cost pricing strategies and use resins and waxes that are susceptible to moisture and can break easily.
Higher grade MDF that are purpose driven are bound with glues and resins much like a superglue that will not come apart unless burned. These MDF do not absorb moisture into the resin base and thus will not separate or warp due to moisture. These resins, glues, and waxes are pressed at extremely high heat and pressure to increase their breaking point up to 5,000 PSI.
Murphy Door uses only the highest-grade materials, in which we spec directly with the manufacturers to deliver a lifetime of use and satisfaction. Murphy Door NEVER purchases materials directly from your local big box store, these companies cannot guarantee the specs demanded by us, and our customers!
More Environmentally Friendly
Murphy Door has also decided to focus on MDF to be as environmentally friendly as possible. MDF is produced by the chips and dust created by scrap, which is then ground to our exact specifications to produce the break strength we demand. Murphy Door wants to minimize the de-foresting of new timber as well and optimize the end of cycle materials, while still delivering the top-quality products we are known for.
There are some solid hardwood and softwoods that are prone to swelling, bowing, and splitting. These woods are rarely recommended to be used in cabinet manufacturing today. Other than a couple components like face frame and cabinet doors, Manufacturers have embraced the use of composite materials which have made and continue to make advancements over time and will continue to deliver better ways to build products.
Murphy Door uses a blend of “Real Wood” and MDF in our production. But due to their nature of warpage we bind these using glue and screws to an engineered panel to insure they hold their shape and never warp. The face frame and cabinet doors are solid hardwood.