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Polyurethane Crown Molding Options

Posted by Kyle Boatwright on 5/30/18 3:44 PM

Crown Molding

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to make your home look more stunning as well as add value to it? Many homeowners use crown molding to give their rooms more character and warmth. One of the best crown molding materials is polyurethane. Here are some of the benefits of polyurethane crown molding, along with some creative options for using this type of crown molding throughout your home.

Advantages of Polyurethane Crown Molding

Often, the term polyurethane is mistaken for polystyrene or Styrofoam, but there's a difference. Although they are both synthetic substances, polyurethane contains a higher thermal insulation factor than Styrofoam. Polyurethane, a thick foam-like material, offers all the benefits of wood. However, it does not rot, crack or splinter. This makes it an exceptional material.  

Durability is another huge perk. This material has a longer lifespan than wood or MDF crown molding. What's more, polyurethane crown molding is lightweight, making it easy to install. It's also pre-primed and ready to be painted.

Plain vs. Ornate Crown Molding Styles

When deciding whether to install plain vs. ornate molding, consider the style of your rooms and furnishings. For example, if your home has more contemporary architecture, you'll want crown molding that's simple and doesn't contain any ornamentation or pattern. Although they're called "plain crown moldings," they're anything but plain. Keep in mind that this style has a soft, elegant look as well as clean lines.

Ornate crown molding features a classic motif and typically contains much detail. This style is commonly seen in grand halls, hotels, and even homes.

Creative Options for Using Crown Molding

Besides using crown molding to hide the space between a wall and a ceiling, there are other ways to use it.

  • You could apply crown molding on a door header by installing it on the top of a door. This is a good way to spruce up and add character to an otherwise plain door.
  • Some homeowners use crown molding to cover cabinet soffits, which pertains to the gap between the top of a kitchen cabinet and a ceiling.
  • Do you have a room that curves? If so, you can use flexible polyurethane crown molding since it's able to conform to almost any shape. Additionally, you can paint or stain it.
  • If you need to run additional wiring in a room but don't want to rip out drywall, hollow PVC crown molding can easily conceal wiring, such as audio, cable and communication wires.
  • Maybe you have a room containing ugly built-in valances. By installing crown molding, you can cover old, original valances, so you don't need to remove them.

Amount and Size

The amount and width of your crown molding should be two of your main considerations. To know how the amount of inches or feet you need, measure the perimeter of your room. Be sure to add about 10 to 15 percent more for waste and for rooms that have several corners.

Measure the height of your ceiling. If you have a standard, 8-foot ceiling, or one that's even lower, the width of the crown molding should be between 3" and 5.75". For ceilings that are 9" to 10", you'll need molding that's between 4.25" and 7" wide. Ceilings 10' or higher need a crown molding that is considerably wider, starting at 7".

Consider a Room's Purpose

Consider how a room is used. For example, if the room is used as a private space, such as a powder room or bedroom, it's best to have smaller, less detailed crown molding. But for entry foyers, parlors, living rooms and other public areas, choose a larger, more elaborate one.

At Worthington Millwork, we have a huge selection of polyurethane crown moldings that are designed for both interior and exterior applications. We also carry a wide range of other high-end American made architectural products and have earned an excellent reputation for serving builders nationwide for over three decades. Please visit us and learn more about our various high quality products.

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