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You might know the general look you want for your trim, but have you considered which wood you’d like to use? It may surprise you to learn that moulding and other trim comes in many varieties of wood, and some things that look like wood but aren’t. The material you choose can be based on many things, from the look, you want to the budget you need to acknowledge.

  • Bare or Primed Wood: Pine is often used for moulding, and it can be purchased bare or primed. If you’re going to paint the wood, it’s probably a better idea to get the primed wood, because it’s easier to spot and correct defects and nail holes before you paint it.
  • Medium-density Fiberboard: This is the least expensive option, but it doesn’t hold up well in areas with humidity. That being said, it’s a good material for painted trim if it’s going to be in a dry place, with no possibility of moisture or condensation.
  • Polystyrene: Made of rigid foam material, polystyrene trim is inexpensive and easy to work with, and can be used in most installations. It has to be cut manually, as it will melt under a power saw, and it must be painted. It’s much softer than wood and will dent easily, but it can come molded into plaster-like, elaborate profiles.
  • PVC: Pvc moulding has the advantage of being impervious to water, which makes it work well in bathrooms, on exteriors, or anywhere else where moisture is the primary concern. It’s only available in simple styles, and it’s difficult to paint, but it needs to be painted so it won’t look like plastic.
  • Hardwoods: Ultimately, there’s nothing quite like real wood. That’s why hardwoods are the most expensive option when it comes to moulding. Woods like ash, basswood, birch, cherry, hickory, mahogany, maple, oak, and walnut are hard to imitate, and add warmth to a room. Solid wood can sometimes shrink and swell with changes in the weather, but it can be used in any application.

If you’re ready to start looking for moulding that’s perfect for your space, The Moulding Co. should be your first stop. At The Moulding Company, we have a knowledgeable design staff and nearly half a century of experience to back us up. Visit one of our three showrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area to check out our large selection of internal and external moulding, learn more about us through our website,  or call us today at (925) 798-7525 for a free quote on your upcoming project!

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