Installing crown molding is today's most-pursued architectural upgrade, meant to give plain walls depth and formality. But homeowners choosing their own crown are often stumped when faced with the variety of materials options that are available, from traditional plaster to high-tech flexible polymers.
With numerous combinations of material, design styles, and sizes available, it is important to know the basics of each before installing crown molding. Using these combinations, molding can be tailored to complement any room, or match previously installed molding.
Crown molding is made from several materials to suit personal preference, look, and budget. In addition to polyurethane, polystyrene and PVC, crown molding can be separated into three primary categories – Wood, MDF and Plaster.
• Natural wood is a traditional material that is hard to imitate. Solid wood mills and carves into crisp edges, and hardwoods like oak and mahogany stain beautifully. Its color and grain patterns add warmth to a room. Wood comes in myriad simple stock profiles; more ornate reliefs can also be achieved by embossing wood composites onto solid wood.
• If you're going for a particular color and wish to paint your crown molding, woods like pine and poplar are your best bet.
• For exposed wood, cherry, maple and oak have no substitute with rich color and clearly visible grains.
• Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is a composite material made from sawdust and resins and is a low-cost alternative to solid wood or traditional wood crown molding. It is available in a wide range of stock profiles, some with a natural wood veneer suitable for stains.
• Plaster crown molding is by far the most elegant addition to a room. There is no limit to the amount of profiles available since every plaster molding is custom made. For that same reason, it is also the most expensive option.
• Less expensive, more stable, and more rot- and insect-repellent than wood, this extruded product is an excellent imitation. It mills and cuts like pine, goes up with the same nails, and takes paint equally well. It also comes in elaborate, plaster-like profiles.
• There are many design styles or profiles available. These designs can feature convex and concave curves, "s" shaped curves and combinations of geometric or unique shapes.
• The size of the crown molding, or the drop, refers to the distance from the ceiling to the bottom of the molding. The ideal drop depends largely on the height of the wall, with drop heights increasing as the height of the wall increases.
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