Masonite was patented in 1924 in Laurel, Mississippi by William H. Mason, who was a friend and protégé of inventor Thomas Edison. In the 1930s and 1940s, Masonite was used for many applications including doors, roofing, walls, desktops, and canoes. The Masonite Corporation entered the door business as a supplier of facings in 1972, and quickly became an industry leader.

Masonite is formed using the Mason method, in which wood chips are disintegrated by saturating them with steam, then increasing the pressure and releasing them through a directed opening. The boards are then pressed and heated to form the finished product with a smooth burnished finish. The original lignin in the wood serves to bond the fibers without any added adhesive. The long fibers give Masonite a high, tensile strength, density, and stability. Unlike other composite wood panels, no formaldehyde-based resins are used to bind the fibers in Masonite.

Over 80 years of dedication to innovation, technical advancements and customers make Masonite the brand that builders, remodelers and consumers choose when creating homes of distinction. Masonite has a broad range of panel designs, glass options and available material choices – all at an affordable price.

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