|Nothing adds elegance to a house more than
the finishing touch of the right interior
and exterior moldings and trim. Traditionally,
these where made from plaster or wood, but
today more homeowners are choosing long lasting
and low maintenance products made from polymer
or cellular vinyl. These include crown moldings,
door and window trims, and columns that are
produced by specialty manufacturers. They
arrive at the building site factory finished
and ready to install.
If you are thinking of using
vinyl for your
house, consider the following:
- Vinyl moldings come in a wide variety of
prefinished colors and wood stains, including
oak, birch, teak, mahogany, cherry, and pine.
Although the finishes will last for many
years, they can be painted when redecorating.
- Unlike wood, vinyl will not crack, split,
warp or twist. There are no knots or other
defects in the surface. Moisture will not
damage vinyl, so it will not rot like wood.
It resists mildew better than plaster or
- Vinyl installs easily with nails, screws
or glue. It cuts and nails better than wood.
- Vinyl is virtually maintenance free. Interior
moldings can be cleaned with a damp cloth.
Exterior moldings can be damp mopped or cleaned
with a garden hose.
Manufacturers make many styles of these moldings.
For best results, use those that are most
appropriate to the style of your house (special
care should be taken to choose the right
scale for the size of your room or home).
Finally, look for brands that have crisply