How to choose the best material for your Crown Mouldings
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Quality, in terms of construction and finishing touches, means the difference between a good job and an amazing one. The finishing touches have the ability to make or break a construction or rehabilitation project. Crown moulding is one of the most effective ways to add elegance to any home.
The very first step is choosing the type of material to use after you’ve decided to install crown moulding. You’ll quickly discover that you have several options from which to choose. The appearance, durability, and your budget will dictate the best one for your application. Let’s look at several crown moulding materials, for example:
Plaster has been the choice of material for centuries because it truly stands the test of time. It doesn’t shrink or warp and creates a grand finished appearance. All plaster crown moulding is made to order and we can mould and repair any type of plaster moulding in your home. Don’t give up all hope on your damaged plaster mouldings until you call us to discuss our repair process.
Wood: Wood is another traditional material for crown moulding and other trim work. Cutting moulding and trim requires extreme precision and consideration for humidity. Wood moulding does swell and shrink as the temperatures and humidity change throughout the year. This often creates warping and gaps due to slight damage year after year.
PVC: Plastic polymers aren’t always the choice homeowners make, but they do have a place in terms of crown moulding. PVC is excellent for bathrooms and other areas with high moisture. It will never warp or rot due to moisture in the air. It does need to be painted after installation and must be maintained every few years to keep it looking good.
Rubber: Flexible rubber moulding is excellent around curved walls, window wells, and doorways. It can be bent to create a custom trim accent around practically any architectural shape.
Polystyrene: Polystyrene doesn’t give that amazing finished appearance you’ll get with plaster or wood, but it’s good in a pinch. It is light weight and easy to work with for the DIY handyman fix. Just don’t let guests look too closely or they’ll see the cheap polystyrene texture similar to take-out coffee cups.
Custom Crown Moulding for Your Home
These are only the most popular crown moulding options that today’s homeowner has to choose from; one visit to your local hardware store and you’ll see several other options. Your budget will dictate how much you’re able to spend on the project as a whole, so make sure you choose the best option for your individual needs.
Repairing Plaster Crown Moulding and Trim Work
Some of the most elegant homes in London and the surrounding areas have plaster crown moulding that is in some form of disrepair. Call us to discuss repairing historic crown moulding before you decide to tear it out and replace it with a different material. You may just discover that restoring plaster crown moulding is the better option.
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