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MDF – Box Beam Ceiling

MDF coffered ceiling


MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) 

About 65 to 70 percent of a tree can be used for solid lumber, but what about the rest? In the past the answer was simple: It was burned or dumped in landfills. Today more than 95 percent of a harvested tree can be put to good use thanks in great part to the increased use of engineered wood products. Among these, Medium Density Fiberboard, or ‘MDF’ for short, has enjoyed remarkable success over recent years.

MDF is typically made from sawdust, planer shavings and other waste that remains after a tree is milled into lumber. The wood is then cleaned and mechanically refined in a process that reduces it into fine, uniform fibers. Excess moisture is removed and an adhesive resin is added to hold the fibers together. This mix is then formed into a long, thick, homogeneous mat, which is compressed under intense heat and pressure. The resulting MDF panel is sanded to a fine, even smoothness, and cut to the required width and length. Computer-controlled sensors monitor the entire manufacturing process to measure slight variations that even the human eye cannot detect. Finished panels are tested for uniformity, strength and other structural soundness.

Like other engineered wood products, MDF has a distinctively flat, smooth and dense surface that holds paint well making it ideal for paint-grade coffered ceilings. It doesn’t move like solid wood, so joints stay tight and paint doesn’t crack, but the glory of MDF is in its uniformity; it can be machined into every conceivable shape to create various architectural details from balusters to moldings. Unlike solid wood, MDF has no knots, grain or warping that can make intricate woodworking difficult and have an adverse affect on finishing. While solid wood is better suited to structural applications such as floor joists and wall studs, an MDF is more cost effective material choice than solid wood so it’s well suited for interior moldings, millwork, cabinetry and of course for your Tilton Box Beam MDF Coffered Ceiling System.

The Following MDF Coffered Ceiling Materials are Also Available to Meet Your Project Requirements:

Contact Us for a custom quote to include any of the above listed Specialty MDF Coffered Ceiling material types in the construction of your Tilton Coffered Ceiling System.

Box Beam Coffer Ceiling Systems Also Available in the Following Material Options: 

Tilton Coffered Ceilings Can Help You with All of You MDF Coffered Ceiling Needs. Contact Us Today!


Our Box Beam Ceiling Panel Systems are designed by and for the PROs, but are easy enough for DIYers to order and install