MDF or Pine Baseboards?--Painted White
I was about to buy MDF baseboards when a Lowe's customer started telling me it was a big mistake: MDF would crumble, swell, dent more easily, etc... Does anyone know if this is true? We live in Arizona so humidity is not a problem. I admit I'm a wood snob, but since they will be painted (and aren't bearing any weight) it seemed a perfect opportunity to cheap out and get MDF. Pine doubles the price and since it's raw wood, it would have to be primed--doubling the work. Our home has rounded corners and they sell round corner caps for that purpose so there is minimal coping involved.
Would you professional remodelers spend the money on pine? Thanks much for any help you can provide.