Common Composite Board Misconceptions

Composite panels are known as the heavy, formaldehyde-emitting base material for inexpensive cabinets and furniture. While its true composite board is economical, it has an otherwise unfair reputation. Today’s composite products are lighter, greener and more versatile than ever. Read on to learn the truth behind common composite board misconceptions.


Composite Panels Cannot be Used for Upscale Projects

When paired with high-quality veneers, composite board can be used to make attractive cabinets and furniture at an affordable price. See how Olsson Electric utilized Alder wood panels on MDF to bring a warm yet sophisticated look to their new company headquarters

Composite Panel is Heavy

Timber Products Masisa Ultralight MDF (medium density fiberboard) weighs about 30 percent less than standard MDF. In addition to saving money on transportation costs, lightweight MDF puts less wear on tools and machinery.

Composite Panels Cannot be Used for Joinery

Numerous manufacturers make a variety of threaded inserts for composite panels that are very secure. Large outer threads bite into the material while interior threads stay free of chips.

Exterior Veneer Must be Purchased and Applied Separately

Why spend extra time and money building out the exposed side of your cabinets? Timber Products SpectraBoard product is a single-panel solution that arrives ready to install.

SpectraBoard is ideal for kitchen cabinets, entertainment centers, or anywhere a real wood exterior and easy to clean interior is desired. Choose from five different substrates, including particle board or MDF, and an assortment of exterior veneers and interior laminates to suit any aesthetic or budget. We can even pre-finish the veneer face to save you additional time.

Composite Panel Cannot be Used in High-Moisture Environments

Timber Products Company’s Apex MR50 and the Encore MR50 are designed for applications that require higher moisture resistance such as bathroom cabinets or locker rooms. Apex MR50 exceeds the minimum ANSI performance requirements for moisture resistance and is made with a formaldehyde-free resin system. For additional specs, download the Apex MR50 product brochure, or learn more about our quality control lab.

Composite Panels Emit Toxic Formaldehyde

Wood naturally contains formaldehyde; however, the resin used to create particle board, MDF and other composite wood products may contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) which, over time, is “off-gassed” into a home or workplace.

To minimize formaldehyde exposure, Timber Products Company offers No-Added Formaldehyde (NAF) for all or our particle board and composite panel products, No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF) and Ultra Low Emitting Formaldehyde (ULEF) particle board products.

Learn more about our Title VI compliance. 

Timber Products Company Particle Board: The Superior, Sustainable Choice

All Timber Products Company particle board:

  • Contain 100% post-industrial recycled/recovered fiber
  • Resist warping, sagging, and chip-out
  • Provide excellent machinability and screw-holding power
  • All panels offer NAF
  • Carry the FSC Chain of Custody certification

For more information on Timber Products particle board and other composite panels, contact one of our friendly product experts. Or, read more about particle board applications and production on our blog.

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