Why MDF?

Solid hardwood and softwood - prone to swelling, bowing, and splitting - are rarely used in cabinet manufacturing today. Manufacturers have embraced composite materials and advancements, over time, continue to deliver better ways to build things.

  • Our competitors claim to use "REAL WOOD", but Plywood and MDF are both ENGINEERED MATERIALS.
  • Our competitors claim to use "REAL WOOD", but actually uses Plywood made up of sheets of wood veneer more prone to delamination.
  • Our competitors claim to use "REAL WOOD", but MDF is the preferred choice eliminating shrinkage or expansion due to temperature/humidity.

Most cabinets available for purchase today will be some form of engineered wood with a wood veneer or painted finish. Murphy Door has choosen to use MDF in our construction to bring you the highest quality door possible.

Comparing the Composite Materials

Plywood Expansion Gaps


MDF Solid Composition

Plywood - An Engineered Wood Composite

Plywood, created in 1865, is a material manufactured from thin layers or "plies" of wood veneer glued together. Not much has changed in the process and problems arise with expansion gaps that are found within sheets. Plywood, like all wood products, expands and shrinks with changes in moisture levels. This expansion and contraction is the number one cause of delamination, an unsightly problem that is not easily fixed.

MDF - Medium Density Fiberboard - A Superior Wood Composite

MDF, made with hardwood and softwood fibers, was introduced in 1960. Wood fibers are glued together using a wax and resin adhesive, then made into panels by applying high temperature and pressure. Unlike plywood, MDF panels are a solid composition and will not warp, crack, or split. MDF expands and contracts when there are fluctuations in temperature and humidity but because of its structure it moves as a unit. Even with extreme changes in humidity and temperature, you won't have to worry about delamination and damage to your door.

MDF's superior characteristic are the reason it has been embraced by most cabinet manufacturers today. Our high quality construction pairs MDF panels with wood veneers delivering the best door possible. The face frame, cabinet doors, and top casing are constructed with solid hardwood.

Moisture Resistant Paint Grade MDF

Our latest MDF offering takes it to the next level! Armorite Moisture Resistant Paint Grade MDF offers superior moisture resistance and make it a great choice for doors that will be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, or other high-humidity areas in your home.