Crown Molding Cost: Cheap or Expensive?
The cost of crown molding depends upon several factors such as material, size, thickness, color and finish. For example, a cheap plastic crown molding costs around $1 per square foot while expensive plastic crown moldings are priced at $2 to $3 per square feet.
If you want to use a cheap plastic crown molding, then it will take up more space than if you choose an expensive one.
In addition, the cost of crown molding varies depending upon where you live. You may have to pay extra for a cheaper material like vinyl because there aren’t many places that sell it in your area.
There are also different types of materials available for crown molding such as polyurethane (PU) and acrylic. PU is a popular material used for crown molding due to its flexibility and strength. However, some say that it doesn’t last as long as other materials.
Another factor that affects the price of crown molding is the type of finish applied to it. Some materials require a high gloss finish whereas others need a low gloss finish.
Also, certain finishes can affect how easily they come off when cleaning them since they tend to adhere better with certain types of cleaners than others. PU is a type of plastic that’s commonly used for bathroom tiles.
Polyurethane Crown Molding Materials
When it comes to polyurethane crown molding, there are two main types of materials available: vinyl and PVC. Vinyl is the most common and the easiest to work with.
However, PVC is more durable and resists cracking better than vinyl does. Both materials are very flexible so they’re perfect for crown molding.
The cost of crown molding can be expensive for one project, but it is important to remember that it can be used in several rooms in your home or office such as the foyer, dining room, bathroom, kitchen and living room. If you intend on using it in multiple rooms, it may save you money since one roll or piece of crown molding will be used for all of these rooms.
In addition, both can be painted or stained to suit any room.
Vinyl Crown Molding
Vinyl is the most popular type of material for making crown molding. It’s usually available in white or ivory but you may be able to find it in other colors.
Vinyl is a flexible material that has some give to it which makes it easy to cut and shape. Also, vinyl can be easily patched or blended in if you need to do some touch-ups.
Crown molding is available in several different varieties and each one has a distinct style. The most common type of crown molding used inside homes is the traditional style.
This style is very common for homes built before 1950. It features a wide, flat top rail, narrow vertical side rails with decorative ends.
Another popular style of crown molding is called the French or Cove Molding. This molding design has been used for hundreds of years.
It’s very affordable and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
Vinyl crown molding is stronger than it looks because it is made with an interlocking design. You don’t need any special tools to put it up.
Vinyl crown molding is very easy to shape and can be nailed or glued in place.
Some vinyl moldings may require a primer or sealer before painting them. It has a concave face and is designed to follow the contour of the wall.
It usually follows the shape of the room so that it isn’t visible when looking straight on.
The next type of molding is known as square corner or inside corner molding. This type of molding is used at the intersection of two walls where they meet at a corner.
This molding style has a protruding vertical end piece that sits on the outside corner. Vinyl can be painted with either latex or oil-based paint. It can also be stained if you prefer a woodgrain effect.
Crown molding is not just for homes. Many businesses such as restaurants, office buildings and hotels use this type of molding to add elegance and style to their buildings.
Vinyl crown molding can be applied to any room in your business or commercial property such as the bathrooms, conference rooms, offices, kitchens and dining areas.
Finally, there is the outside corner or miter molding. This molding is used at the intersection of two walls where they meet at an outside corner.
This molding style has a protruding vertical end piece that sits on the inside corner.
The top of the molding is situated so that it’s level with the top of the wall. The vertical end pieces are designed to cover any uneven areas on the outside corners of walls where two walls come together.
Businesses that want to give the appearance of a larger space use crown molding. This molding design is also used in hotels and hospitals where cleanliness is a must because it can be easily wiped down.
When installing vinyl crown molding, you’ll need to first prepare your walls by making them smooth and free of any bumps or imperfections. Your walls should be able to support the weight of the molding.
Vinyl molding can be very easily installed in your home using either glue or nails. Before you begin any installation you should measure the wall where you intend on installing the molding.
Vinyl molding should never cover more than two joints so if you have a wider area that needs covering, you will need to use multiple pieces.
Most vinyl moldings are jointed in an interlocking pattern. This makes installing the molding easy.
The interlocking joints also make the molding very strong and less likely to come loose or fall off the wall.
Vinyl moldings are typically sold in 8 foot lengths. You should always buy more than you need because it’s easy to cut it to size once you’ve measured your walls.
If you’re installing the molding in a room with 8 foot walls it’s easy to buy one piece that’s exactly the size of the wall.
If your walls aren’t 8 feet tall you’ll need to make a few cuts to get the right size. Start by measuring the height of your wall.
Then measure the length of the wall. You should then have two numbers, the height and the length. Take the length and divide it by 2, this will give you the width of your molding.
When you go to buy the molding take your measurements with you or remember what they are. Remember that you need two numbers, the height and the width.
These will be the length and height of your molding piece.
Now that you know how much you need, it’s time to buy your molding.
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