Trim molding goes back to the buildings of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, and it continues to be a common sight in today's homes. The decorative trims not only hides imperfections and serves as a transition between different materials, such as paint and wallpaper, it also adds architectural and stunning look to a room. Learn more about the different types of trim molding for your home before creating a decor plan.
Unfinished Solid Wood Trim - Made from pine or hardwood, wood trim proves the most common type of molding used today. It comes in a multitude of basic styles and as stain-grade or paint-grade molding. Stain-grade molding comes from clear lumber without knots and other defects, allowing you to achieve an even finish without streaking or blotching. Paint-grade molding uses short pieces of pine joined together, which makes it unsuitable for stain. It typically comes pre primed for painting.
Unfinished Decorative Wood Trim - This hardwood molding is of a quality to accept staining, clear coating or painting. It also comes in a wide variety of embossed patterns and profiles.
Foam Molding - Made from a strong, lightweight foam, this type will not warp or shrink, both issues with wood molding. It easily installs with caulk instead of hammer and nails. No primer is required, and foam molding also comes in a variety of styles.
Vinyl Molding - This durable molding uses polystyrene and comes prefinished in a selection of different wood grain patterns and finishes, including white. It will not warp or shrink, and it also proves less expensive and easier to install than wood molding.
Metal/Aluminum Molding - The look of metal and aluminum molding suits industrial settings and exteriors for the most part, though it could fit into the architectural style of an ultra-modern home. They typically are finished at the factory with a baked-on protective coating.
Now that you have a better understanding of the world of trim molding, you might still want help deciding on the style and material. Your professional pro handyman has the knowledge required to guide you in these important design decisions and will steer you away from decorative moldings and trim that don't complement the existing architecture of your home.
Give us a call today at 443-952-1397 to learn more about trim molding or to schedule your free estimate appointment for trim molding.