Designing a house can sometimes be a challenge when we’re doing it all on our own. It’s pretty easy to overlook the walls and ceilings of our house when we’re juggling furniture purchases and types of flooring. Then again, we can always depend on the appearance and long-lasting status of crown mouldings. Not only are its designs and materials constantly updated, it also goes perfectly with any interior concept you can think of. Let’s take a look at the available materials out there that you can use for your crown mouldings.
Plaster Crown Moulding
Simple crown moldings made from plaster are a classic example of long-lasting elegance. It can usually be seen in 19th century homes and establishments. The biggest drawback to this material is that you will have to get your design custom-made. Then again, it is still popular today due to its versatility. If you’re aiming for a more elaborate crown moulding, this is definitely one of the options to consider.
Solid Wood Crown Moulding
Although there are several techniques that can achieve a passable wood impression, nothing can beat the natural grain of a solid piece of wood. This sturdy material instantly brings added warmth to any space and can be worked to achieve elaborate profiles. If you’re looking to add solid wood crown mouldings to your home, you should be aware that there is the possibility of warping and shrinking depending on the weather and humidity levels.
MDF Crown Moulding
MDF crown mouldings are pretty easy to install and can be purchased off-the-rack from your local hardware shop. It is a relatively stable material and costs less than the purchase of solid wood crown mouldings. Depending on your design idea, you can either choose a MDF crown moulding with a natural wood veneer or paint over it instead. You’ll also have to be careful when handling this more delicate material to avoid scratches and dents.
Polyurethane Crown Moulding
If you’re looking for a more detailed crown moulding without breaking the bank, then polyurethane is the way to go. Not only are you able to achieve delicate details, it’s also an easier material to work with compared to plaster. Since it’s not as dense as wood, you’ll have to be more careful with handling this material. To achieve a longer lasting use, you’ll need to apply a protective layer like paint as it will help to tighten the material.
PVC Crown Moulding
If you decide to add crown mouldings to your bathroom, kitchen, exterior or any other space where moisture is present, you’ll definitely want to consider using PVC. Since the polymers in PVC are impervious to rotting and warping, this maintenance-free material is pretty much a no brainer. However, you’ll be limited to more simple lines and you’ll have to apply a paint layer if you don’t want to face the plastic sheen of this material.
Polystyrene Crown Moulding
Polystyrene is definitely not the longest lasting, but it is very easy to work with as long as you have a knife and a pair of scissors. This type of crown moulding is usually used for a quick room design. Since it’s incredibly lightweight, all you’ll need is construction adhesive to get it up there. About the only thing you’ll need to watch out for is it fragility. You can’t really achieve crisp edges, but if that’s not your concern, then go for it.
Flex Crown Moulding
Having a headache with your curved wall sections? With flex crown moulding, you’ll get to achieve a consistent design without the need for relief cuts. This material succeeds in presenting a smooth finish due to it’s rubber-like qualities.
Although it is less expensive than a custom-made wood crown moulding, you would still need to specially order it to size and the cost is dependent on the complexity of your design and the amount of space to cover.