Whether you prefer crown, base, plinth, chair, or rosette, moulding provides a decorative and functional accent. When added to any room, it can instantly transform a dismal environment into a stunning, elegant space. As a highly-versatile home furnishing, it can be installed on walls, ceilings, bases of floors, around doors and windows, and much more. In fact, it is so versatile that it comes in various styles and designs, all of which ranging in look, size, quality, texture, and more.
A first step in choosing the right moulding for your home or office is deciding on a species or material. Traditionally made of wood, moulding is now available in several alternative materials too. Continue reading to learn the most popular species and material options for moulding.
Top 10 Moulding Materials
➀ Aspen – Aspen is a soft wood that has a straight grain and fine uniform texture. It is commonly used for more decorative moulding silhouettes.
➁ Fir – Fir is a wood species with two grain patterns: mixed grain and vertical grain. Mixed grain is course, and comes in light to dark hues. Vertical grains have tighter grain patterns and less color disparity. It generally requires staining prior to application.
➂ Medium Density Fiberboard – Also recognized as MDF, medium density fiberboard is a high-grade, composite material commonly used for moulding because it is durable and easy to paint.
➃ Oak – Oak is a hardwood that, when applied in the moulding manufacturing industry, it primarily derived from Red or White oak trees. It has attractive grain pattern qualities and it is very easy to work with.
➄ Pine – Pine is a wood species that, in the moulding manufacturing and consumer industry, is appealing for its unique textures and random knots.
➅ Poplar – Poplar wood is among the most preferred in the design industry because of its natural crisp grain lines and rich wood tones.
➆ Primed Finger Joint Products – Speaking of pine and poplar, primed finger joint products are derived from both. It is engineered moulding comes in smaller pieces that must be fitted together to make a whole board.
➇ Polystyrene – This is a prefinished moulding admired for its light weight and easy workability. They are slightly flexible and moisture resistant, making them a great choice for “untrue walls” and rooms that have higher levels of moisture, like kitchens and bathrooms.
➈ Polyurethane – Polyurethane moulding is a man-made material composed of high-density polyurethane. It is warp, rot, and split resistant, making it a prime choice as an alternative to wood materials.
➉ PVC – PVC, or polyvinylchloride, is another man-made material that flawlessly mimics the look of wood. It’s a popular choice because it’s easy to cut and install.