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HOW TO CHOOSE MOULDINGS

HOW TO CHOOSE MOULDINGS

HOW TO MEASURE FOR THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MOULDING

We sell wood species mouldings by the liner foot however primed Ultralite and finger-joint Pine are sold in 16’ lengths only.

     
Measure each portion of a wall where you will need to purchase moulding and round up to the nearest foot then add an additional 10% for cutting and trimming. You may find it helpful to draw a rough diagram as shown. This will be particularly helpful when you are purchasing wood species mouldings, as various lengths will be available in the bins. It is always best to purchase shorter pieces close to the actual length required rather than cutting longer lengths into several shorter pieces. Diagram showing how to measure a room for moldings

HOW TO CHOOSE MOULDINGS

There are three main considerations in choosing mouldings; style, size and material. Although style is a personal preference and will influence your choices it is important to choose mouldings that will coordinate with the style of the architecture and décor. Generally you’ll want more detailed mouldings in Victorian or Arts and Craft styled homes and simpler mouldings in more contemporary homes. But this doesn’t mean that this is the rule, sometimes a decorative moulding can add an interesting focal point in a contemporary setting.
The second major consideration is size or proportion. You’ll want to choose mouldings that enhance a room and not overwhelm it. Usually the crown is the first moulding one should consider. Larger crown mouldings draw the eye up on higher ceilings and open up a room, but on lower ceilings they pull the eye downward and make a room look smaller. The rule of thumb is a ½” for every foot of wall height, although the higher the ceiling height the more it can take a larger crown. Once the crown molding has been chosen then the casings, baseboards and other mouldings should be chosen to match in style and proportion.
The last major consideration in choosing mouldings is the material and which rooms the moulding is being installed. Primed MDF mouldings are a popular and inexpensive choice but it is unsuitable in high moisture rooms such as bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms. Additionally, MDF baseboards are not a good choice next to floors that are being damp mopped frequently. In both these cases better choices are primed pine or solid wood mouldings.

WHAT TOOLS ARE NEEDED TO INSTALL MOULDINGS

• Safety glasses
• Dust mask
• Tape measure
• Pencil
• Level
• Drop cloth
• Ladder

• Combination square
• Mitre box & fine-tooth saw
• Coping saw
• Circular saw
• Woodworking glue
• Caulk and/or wood putty

• Hammer

• Finishing nails
• Power drill, bits
• Pneumatic nailer

• Sandpaper

• Nail set
• C-clamp

HOW TO STORE AND HANDLE MOULDINGS

As a wood product mouldings will expand or shrink depending on moisture that can be absorbed from a variety of sources. For this reason it is important to protect mouldings during transportation and storage. Mouldings should also be acclimatized for at least 48 hours prior to installation. To do this the mouldings should be stored in the room in which they will be installed and with as many surfaces exposed to the air as possible.

FINISHING TIPS

Mouldings can be finished with either stain or paint. Before finishing it is recommended to test a scrap piece from primer through to the final coat. Finishes can be applied either before or after they are installed. The choice is influenced by the type of finish, how the nail holes will be filled and finished, and how easy it is to reach the mouldings and surrounding area. Generally the easiest solution is to prime and finish the mouldings once they have been cut to size but before they are installed. This allows for the mouldings to be layout out in a horizontal position for easy sanding and finishing with fewer opportunities for runs and drips.

 

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