HDF, the stronger and more expensive option, should be reserved for projects such as:
- High-use furniture
- Laminate flooring
- Door skins
- Backing panels
High-density fiberboard – is one of the trendiest materials in woodworking these days. It is engineered by combining wood fiber and glue under immense pressure and heat, and are a suitable alternative to real wood. The recycled nature of their construction makes them environmentally friendly, and the pressure used to create them makes them highly durable. But they carry vastly different price tags, with HDF costing a good deal more than its less dense sibling.
Due to its higher density, HDF is much thinner – and therefore not suitable for creating pieces such as interior moldings or skirting boards. While neither version does well around water, HDF is more water-resistant than MDF, and its density does also make it stronger.