Interior Finish & Trim

Particleboard and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) are almost always made with a urea formaldehyde (UF) binder. This is one of the largest in-home sources of formaldehyde gas—a known human carcinogen. These products can off-gas for 5 years or more into the living space. UF-based particleboard and MDF are typically used for cabinet boxes, substrates for countertops, shelving, and stair treads. If possible, these materials should be avoided. Any UF-based materials used in a building should be sealed with a low-toxic, low-permeability coating.

A few formaldehyde-free particleboard and MDF products are available, including some made with straw instead of wood fiber. These are made with a urethane-type (MDI) resin. Be aware that MDI is highly toxic before it cures, so its use increases the health risk to factory workers if a manufacturer doesn’t have good safety standards. Once cured, MDI-based wood panel products are very stable, without measurable off-gassing.


Products in Interior Finish & Trim

Certified Paneling and Millwork
Architectural Millwork Mfg. Co.
Reclaimed-Wood Lumber and Products
Armster Reclaimed Lumber Co.
Armstrong Origins Series Cabinets
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Bamboo Veneer and Paneling
DMVP Timber Bamboo Ltd.
Coverings Etc, Inc.
Baltix Sustainable Furniture
CertainTeed Corporation
CertainTeed Corporation
Certified Particleboard
The Collins Companies


Dec 28, 2017 11:48 PM ET

MgO Boards??
by Gregg Zuman

Seems the subsection on MgO boards is missing here? I'd expect to find it in the same section as gypsum board as a different subsection.