Crown Molding

What is Crown Molding in Construction?

March 21, 2022 7:58 pm Published by

The commercial construction industry is always looking for new and unique ways to add to the design of a building. With trends and styles evolving, the construction industry must stay up to date. Crown molding has withstood the test of time. That is to say, it remains a stylish way of creating a visual separation of the wall and ceiling. By adding crown molding, commercial carpenters can enhance the architectural design in almost any room. This construction practice began in ancient Greece when builders and craftsmen used materials such as travertine stone or plaster and chiseled ornaments into them to create the moldings for the buildings. Today, crown moldings have developed into many different designs, shapes, and lengths to suit the desired style for the interior of different buildings.

What is Crown Molding in Construction?

Difference Between Crown Molding and Molding

Molding can refer to any trim within a building. This includes window frames, skirting boards (floor molding), wainscoting, and external trims. Crown molding refers specifically to the molding used for the ceilings.

What is Crown Molding Made Of?

Depending on the location of the building, the interior environment, and the budget, there is a range of materials that you can use to create crown molding. However, the most common materials used for crown moldings are wood and polystyrene. Other materials carpenters use to make crown moldings include polyurethane, metal, MDF board, and PVC.

Crown Molding Styles

There are many companies that offer standard-style crown moldings. On the other hand, some companies may offer specific types of styles which can be classified into different groups.

  • Cove style molding – Cove style molding includes a curve that takes a concave shape.
  • Step style molding – Step style molding uses flat shapes at different heights in a series along with the molding.
  • Leafy-styled molding – Leafy-styled molding uses foliage-inspired design along with the molding.
  • Bead molding style – Bead molding style includes using unique patterns and shapes such as small spheres and can be used within other styles as well.
  • Dentil style molding – Dentil style molding includes teeth-shaped designs that are in a specific pattern along with the molding.
  • Egg and Dart style molding – Egg and Dart style molding is created by carving egg-shaped designs which differentiate it from sphere style moldings.

What Costs Can Be Expected With Crown Moldings?

Crown molding costs vary depending on a few different factors as there is a range of applications and sizing. The biggest factor that will determine the cost to install crown moldings is the materials. Polystyrene moldings will cost less than timber moldings. Although both are effective, each material has different strengths. The next factor that will determine the cost is how much molding you will need. Properly measuring the lengths is important to limit waste. Longer lengths will work out slightly cheaper than buying shorter ones, however, there is more risk of larger offcuts that cannot be used going to waste.

What Are The Benefits Of Crown Molding?

The biggest benefit of crown molding is the complement to the architectural design of a space. If you do not cover the space where the wall and ceiling meet, it can look unattractive and highlight painting mistakes. Crown moldings will cover this space, making it visually attractive.

The next benefit of crown molding is that it is a permanent decoration and becomes a part of the building’s overall design. Crown molding also makes a space look and feel bigger by creating the illusion that the wall is higher than it actually is. An additional benefit is that it can add value to the building. The right color choice for the interior, combined with crown molding, will contribute to the appearance of a building and attract more buyers when it is time to sell up.

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