Plywood V MDF
Plywood Versus MDF water test
We often get asked why we use Oak veneered plywood as typically its about 3 times the cost of Oak veneered MDF. (used by our competitors)
There are a few reasons, Strength & Durability to name just two.
But the main one is Water resistance.
In ANY kitchen you have water and you WILL at some point have a small leak or water spillage - sometimes not so small !!
So we did a small experiment to highlight what we feel is the biggest selling point of our kitchens above anyone else's.
We took 2 samples of wood -
*One was Oak veneered ply from our cabinet's
*The second was Oak Veneered MDF the same as out competitors would use.
These are the results
Sample on the left "Oak Veneered MDF" and on the right "Oak Veneered Plywood"
The water bath to simulate a leak
60 seconds later - Already the MDF is soaking up water
5 minutes later
30 Minutes later
Removed from water after 1 hour
Picture below is a close up of the Plywood after 1 hour soaking in the water.
The construction and glues used means there is almost no water take in.
Below is the MDF after one hour in 3cm of water
It has soak in 14cm into the material and is very wet
See a video here
2 Weeks later!!!!
The MDF has gone black and mould has started growing
The Ply Looks as good as new
MDF developed mould
Plywood dried out and not a sign of dampness