alternative moulding materials

There are several different types of moulding, with different applications and styles, but there are also several materials moulding can be made from. The most commonly used material for moulding is wood, because it is versatile and can be used for nearly all types of moulding. However, wood may not always be the best choice. Aside from the fact that it requires quite a lot of maintenance in the long run, wood is also vulnerable to weather conditions. If subjected to outdoor elements, wood may rot, mildew or get damaged by termites or other insects. For this reason, there are several viable alternatives to wood moulding, such as PVC, foam and composite moulding.
PVC moulding, i.e. polyvinyl chloride, are ideal for exterior moulding because they are extremely weather resistant and unlike wood, PVC does not rot. Also, PVC moulding will not expand nor contract regardless of the outdoor temperature, and maintenance is rather easy. Aside from cleaning once in a while, no other maintenance will be necessary. Rigid polyvinyl chloride moulding is installed just like wood ones, with no special tools required. And even if they’re plastic, you can still paint them in different colors to meet your preferences. PVC moulding may be installed both on the exterior and the interior of your home, offering a clean, simple look.
Another great alternative to wood moulding is plaster moulding. Polystyrene and polyurethane may be designed to resemble precisely any wood crown moulding, and can also take any type of paint. They are lightweight and versatile, and may be easily installed with construction adhesive.
Rigid foam mouldings are available in a wide variety of styles, designs and applications, creating some of the most intricate mouldings. It can also be easily painted in any color and with any type of paint, and will be far more durable than wood.
Although moulding is not such a common practice nowadays, there are still many people who want to enhance the overall style of their homes with elegant and stylish moulding. Whether they opt for door and window moulding, chair reels, crown moulding, shoe moulding, or any other type, there are several materials to choose from. And especially if the moulding is on the exterior, the material is very important. It must not only look good, but it must be durable and reliable, able to resist various weather conditions. And although it is the most commonly used, wood is not the best option for exterior moulding.