Wood and MDF crown moldings contract and expand with humidity and heat.
They should be stored in an environment for 30 days before installing to allow the wood
to accumulate to the rooms humidity and temperature.
It is suggested that you should paint the back side of the molding before installing, to block
humidity form penetrating the wood. Have you ever seen that done before?
Our foam crown moldings do not absorb humidity therefore ,do not contract or expand.
Heat or cold, humidity or dryness have no effect on it.
Wood and MDF crown moldings have finger joints, seams, knots, splits,
milling chatter marks and sap bleed threw on their surfaces.
Our high density, molded, polystyrene, foam crown molding are unlike any other company
in North America today. They have a high density, very smooth, white no bead look.
Look at a piece of copy paper, thats it.
Wood and MDF crown moldings normally require sanding, a primer coat
and a finish coat of paint to get a decent coverage.
Most times you need to use an oil based, solvent paint to cover the molding surface.
If water based paints are used on MDF the surface fibers will rise or whisker up.
Foam crown moldings do not require sanding and only require one coat of a water based paint
to have a good smooth finish. You have no smelly solvents fumes and VOCs in your room.
Wood and MDF crown moldings require finding the location of studs for fastening.
They are difficult to fasten to concrete, brick, stucco, metal and other surfaces
without special fasteners. Difficult to fasten to walls without a ceiling or lay in
ceiling tiles without mounting back side blocks.
Our foam crown moldings have a flat back design that allows it to be installed on most
any surface with simple painters caulk. No fasteners!
Our flat back design makes it perfect for installing LED lighting and running wires.
Wood and MDF crown moldings have nail or staple holes on the top and bottom of the
molding that require time consuming labor to fill and sand off.
Most contractors use painters caulk to fill the holes and after it drys you can see every nail hole.
In some cases nails will split or chip wood and MDF moldings.
Our foam crown moldings have no fasteners or nail holes and always give
you a perfect, smooth look.
Wood and MDF crown moldings require caulking the top and bottom of the horizontal seams
around your room after they are installed.
Our foam crown moldings are installed with painters caulk.
When installing our foam crown moldings you just simply press it into the wall and ceiling.
Any extra caulk that migrates outward can be wiped off. This installs the
crown molding and caulks the horizontal seams in one step.
Wood and MDF crown moldings are normally installed on the full span of the room wall with
no seam in the middle. Why? Wood and MDF contract and expand.
Yes, no more seams in the middle of the room anymore. They just pull apart in the corners
now making cracks there! Long span moldings are not the answer.
Again, our foam crown moldings do not contract or expand making seams a mute point.
All you need to do is use "sand-able spackle" in the vertical joints. It does not shrink like
painters caulk. Did you know that painters caulk is 60% refined clay?
What happens to clay when it dries? It shrinks, causing seams to show.
Wood and MDF crown moldings are difficult to cut. Why? Complex-compound spring angles.
You need to stand on your head and be a mathematician to figure it out.
You need special holders, back fences, saws and jigs for most people.
Our foam crown moldings can be cut in most any position in most miter saws
with its flat back design. You can cut up side down, right side up, or flat.
There are no spring angles to figure. They cut very smoothly, sharply and cleanly.
Wood and MDF crown moldings come in long lengths. They are heavy,
hard to transport and in most cases require two people to install.
Our foam crown moldings are high density, lightweight and can be transported
in most mid sized cars. Our crown moldings can be installed very easily by
one person, whether you are a beginner or a pro.
Wood and MDF crown moldings require knowledge, expensive tools such as a saw, tape
measure, stud finder, nail gun, air compressor, hammer, caulking gun and angle cutting jigs.
Our foam crown moldings only require a caulking gun, tape measure and saw.
Wood and MDF crown moldings have some safety and health issues.
Most MDF crown moldings are imported. Formaldehyde is part of the bonding agent that holds the MDF fibers together. Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat.
High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers. It is outlawed in California.
It can outgas formaldehyde in your home.
They are not recyclable and end up in land fills to contaminate the ground.
DO YOU WANT THIS IN YOUR HOME!?
Our foam crown moldings do not release any VOC's or solvents.
They are a safe and 100% recycle material. The high density of our material makes it
even more favorable for recyclers.
All of our crown moldings are CLASS A FIRE RATED for your home and commercial use.
Most wood and MDF crown moldings are imported today.
Our crown moldings are proudly made in America!
In closing, here is the bottom line:
Not many lumber yards or home centers sell foam crown moldings.
(They do sell some more expensive polyeurathane imported crown moldings that
require nailing and gluing to the wall)
Why do they not sell high density foam crown molding? "If its not broke don't fix it"
Most have an extensive wood and MDF stock and fear how they would be
forced to reduce or liquidate their wood inventory.
Can you still imagine carrying a bag cell phone or viewing VHS tapes today!
Many trim carpenters and home builders use the cheapest material that they can buy!
It may save them $50-$75 on a whole house of crown molding.
They do not see that our foam crown moldings will reduce their labor costs by at least 50%
far making up for any price difference between wood and foam crown moldings.
You are the one that has to live with the final look of your home.
The one that has installed an outdated material does not have to look at the
nail holes, splits, cracks, contracting and expanding of your wood crown molding.
New innovate buildings materials are coming onto the market everyday.
It takes time for wholesalers and retailers to get caught up with the newest and best materials.
High density, molded, foam crown moldings are here now!
Install the best in your home. Demand the best for your home.
Buy online now from Austin Crown Molding