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Crown Molding: Topping Off The Room

Mar 11, 2008
Uses of Wood Molding

While wood molding isn't necessarily a part of the home that is critical to structural strength or everyday living, the proper use of molding in the home can add a lot in appearance and in home value. Some have counted as many as ten excellent uses for molds and molding. With some planning and a bit of creativity, wood molding can make a home unique and quite attractive to family members and visitors.

In addition, if there comes a time to sell the home, the additional beauty of nice molding can add to the value. Some real estate professionals notice the good use of wood moldings and are aware that potential home buyers notice this too. The "icing" on the cake, molding may even be the last detail that convinces a buyer to make the choice.

Wood molding is one key way to create a certain look in the home, primarily because molding comes in so many different styles. Individuals can express themselves by choosing certain types of molding and selectively placing it. One major benefit of wood molding is that proper use can actually reduce the cost and time spent finishing walls. Many have found that it is much less expensive to finish a project with wood molding than to use other products available from hardware and home supply stores.

Door trim is a primary use for wood molding and fortunately this type of molding comes in a variety of trim styles. For walls and corners, the molding can meet with mitred corners or meet with simple squares of wood placed strategically in the corner.

Baseboard is a specific type of molding that must be durable and must be finished properly to stand up to everyday use. Baseboards are meant to protect walls, and wood molding is the best material for this. Wood is, in reality, more durable than some of the synthetic materials offered for the same purpose. Cleaning a properly finished baseboard is easy.

Window casings can also be included in the category of moldings, because windows and doors both need attractive framing to cover seams and provide a nice look to the edges. Window casing corners are generally mitred, though some have used round or square pieces for a unique corner look.

Chair rails are not usually thought of as moldings, in the traditional sense. But his specific type of trim is also a protective item, with a function similar to baseboard. Frequently used dining areas will benefit from durable and attractive chair rails. Walls will be protected, reducing cleaning and the need for repainting or remodeling.

Crown molding is beautiful and very specific use for molding material. This molding is the "crown" for the room, placed at the top of the wall next to the ceiling. Finishing walls and ceilings will be much less stressful with the use of crown molding.

A few other uses for molding and trim material are: stairway handrails and trim that runs parallel to handrails; base shoe - to help with the seam between the floor and the baseboard; fireplaces offer great opportunities for use of wood molding and decorative trim.

Wood molding can be used in almost every room, for many, many uses, to add longevity, increase value and enhance appearance.
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