Crown molding is one the building styles that brings elegance in your cabinet, cornices, pilasters, and walls. It is the only transition that create graceful shape between your wall and the ceiling. But getting that quality molding is a daunting task for many. Some people do it themselves to save labor cost; Other prefers a skilled person doing it for them, either way issues of material, molding shape, size, and color should be of critical consideration.There are general guidelines that can work in any room and it’s good to arm yourself with some of it.
Types of Crown Molding.
Before you start molding your project, it is important you decide which style and profile are best for your room. You can use the following types and styles of crown molding to give the decor that you need.
1. Traditional crown molding.
Wood molding is a traditional but popular type because it gives the natural appearance, and it’s relatively cheap compared to other types of molding. Wood comes in varieties of profile depending on your needs or specifications. For example, If you are going for a specific color then you need to find the one that can be painted like pine or poplar.But if you need a natural then maple would be the best option. It is imperative to note that wood is often affected by the change in climate or humidity. They are therefore subject to cracking and warping in environments of shifting temperature. There are also difficult to cut leave alone installation.
Medium-density Fiberboard is a wood- based composite material made of sawdust and synthetic resin. It is one of the best inexpensive choices for homeowner and contractor to add value to one’s home. It comes with a different range of profiles and designs. Unlike wood, MDF is resistance to warping and can be painted with any paint. It is, however, easy to dent and difficult to cut and install just like solid wood. It is the most versatile type in the market today.
2. Decorative Molding
This is by far the most elegant type of crown molding on the market today.It is custom-made hence there is no limit to profiles available. But this also means that it is expensive which is its major downside. It is, however, a beautiful and most durable type since it doesn’t crack easily and never changes its form regardless of the shift in temperature. It usually looks good in grand rooms and especially those with plaster walls. Installing plaster molding is difficult compared to other types.
Pre-finished Crown Molding.
This type of molding is made from polystyrene and comes in different profiles and patterns. Resistance to alteration in temperatures or humidity. It works in most installation since the finish is usually made in the factory and ready to install and, therefore, becomes a desirable option over wood. You can actually cut it with scissors and fix it with adhesive.On the other side of the board, polystyrene doesn’t have crisps edges or detailed finish. You will notice this shortcoming during installation. It for therefore recommended as a ‘quick fix’ for renovation.
This type is resistant to weather changes, scratching, and erosion. It is flexible and engineered to curve and bend up to 90º angle.It’s only manufactured in white and won’t hold other colors for proper finishing. It is However the most durable type.
PVC molding is best in bathrooms, exterior and anywhere else where moisture is a concern. They are manufactured and designed in a way that they cannot show signs of damage even when wet. Creating a neat finish using PVC can be very frustrating because they have an undesirable surface for painting. They neither warp nor rot. The way PVC is made limits different profile options and only provides the ornate design.
Crown molding can be used to add character and value to your project. But this will be determined by the layout, material and style chosen. This three factors should match with furniture’s, carpets and drapes in your room. There is also a budget factor. For example, MDF is less expensive but it has its own downsides. Plaster is expensive but may be the best option for you. Manufactured materials highly recommended because they tend to last longer and are relatively inexpensive.