Tips for Choosing a Crown Molding
Crown moulding is any type of molding that is applied to a finished-edge. Moulding creates a graceful and elegant shape on existing furniture and walls. It can be used on walls, cabinets, pilasters, cornices as well as where ceilings meet walls. It can also be a decorative transition-point between walls and ceilings. Crown moulding creates length and draws the eye upwards while the continuous band unifies the space within a room. It can also be used as a door trim or as a baseboard trim to add cohesiveness to the décor.
Installing crown moulding is a simple method of adding value to a home and it is relatively inexpensive for those who wish to install it themselves. However, it is best to ask professionals to do the job as installing crown moulding needs a certain amount of expertise and skill. Calvert Handyman can help with installation of the crown moulding and the finishing will also be completed in a professional manner.
Types of Molding
You will have to pick the right material, profile and size. The color is another factor that will have to be taken into consideration. There are various types of moulding and most of these are with reference to the material that they are made from:
Wood- This is the most popular material that is used in the manufacture of crown moulding. There are a variety of wood species like pine, mahogany and oak that can add to the beauty of a room. It is also available in a variety of profiles like veneer, stained, painted or clear-coated. This is dependent on the species of wood. Though wood molding looks very elegant, it tends to get affected by fluctuations in humidity and temperature and it has a tendency to crack, shrink or expand.
MDF- Medium Density Fiberboard is a composite mix of sawdust fibers and a strong resin. This too is available in a number of profiles. It looks very attractive in its painted version but the wood finish trim also looks good. This material is not as expensive as wood moulding and does not crack, warp, expand or shrink in the manner that wood molding does.
Polyurethane- This material has numerous advantages over wood and is preferred by many people. Polyurethane does not get affected by changes in humidity or temperature and is durable in areas where there is a large amount of climatic variation. It is strain resistant and high-density, does not get affected by termites and is scratch-proof.
Plaster- moulding of plaster is custom made and has to be installed by a home improvement professional. It is available in sculpted profiles and can be customized to match your décor.
Moulding is available in a variety of sizes and widths. You can buy quarter round moulding or one that is 3/4th – 1” in width. Some moulding can also be as wide as 5 inches.