The Basics of Crown Molding


If you need to make your living space more decorative, then consider crown molding  as an option. Not only will it cover blemishes in the wall and unsightly drywall joints, wood moldings and casing can be used to protect against wall damage. Molding adds character to your home while keeping the home from wood expansion, drafts or concerns with contraction.


Molding is installed along the seam connection between the wall and ceiling. As stunning and simple as it may look, it takes complex cuts to fit the corners and ends together seamlessly. For this project, hiring a professional is recommended.


A professional will offer some variety with molding installation. If they have the expertise, they may offer custom millwork options with wood or fiberglass materials. As they discuss the look of your molding, they will ask for your preference on the corner cuts.

One style for connecting the corners is through the use of a compound miter saw. This process cuts connecting boards at complimentary angles, creating a flush seam in the corners. The other style for crown molding involves coping. This process begins with a miter cut, but a coping saw is then used to undercut the miters. A contractor will assess the angles that need to be constructed, keeping in mind the angle is influenced by the lay of the molding along the walls.


There are many choices in molding, with color and material options ranging in price and style. Some choices include cherry, oak, maple, mahogany or less-costly paint grade. Remember, the perimeter of your space, plus a 10% waste factor, will give you the footage measurement needed to cover the room.


When its time to create a unique look for your living space, check with a local contractor about crown molding options. With color and styles available to match your current design, molding can offer both a decorative but protective option to beautify your space.