The Advantages of Masonite
Masonite has several advantages over most all other building material products. Masonite is commonly used in interior door production and cement board siding. Masonite provides a cost effective way of building that is also environmental friendly. Recycled wood materials are used in Masonite products. The manufacturing process renders the finished products flexible, waterproof and durable.
Masonite products are made using recycled wood materials that would otherwise be dumped. This process saves trees and keeps landfills free of reusable products. Masonite is not made with harsh chemicals that could harm the user or the environment. Consequently, if Masonite does find its way into landfills, it has no lasting effects on the soil or water table.
Masonite is manufactured by bonding wood strands together using water based natural glue. Wood strands are soaked in water and natural starches that have gluing capabilities are poured into door, siding and trim molds. Once the material hardens, it can be slightly bent to form curves and arches. Because of its flexibility, it is an economically sound material to use in terms of time management and installation.
Because of Masonite's flexible nature, it is highly durable. Masonite is less likely to break or split upon installation, and direct impacts damage the material less often. Masonite siding, manufactured with a natural cement mineral, is durable and waterproof. The siding is installed in lap and vertical techniques and remains intact for well over 50 years.
Masonite costs a fraction of the price of other wood or plastic material. Doors built of Masonite range from $50 to $100 dollars. The same door built from wood can cost as much as $300. Wooden siding cost range from 40 cents to $1 per linear foot, while Masonite siding ranges from 10 to 30 cents per linear foot. Additionally, wood products last half as long as Masonite products, which makes the cost of installing wood over Masonite double.
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