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Considerations for Choosing Hardwood Moulding

Choosing the right hardwood moulding for your home takes special care. From the type of profile you choose to the material selection you will need to take notes. Ultimately, the moulding you choose will need to match the style and size of your home once installed, while also fitting your lifestyle. Here are a couple tips for finding the ideal hardwood moulding option for any home.

Hardwood Moulding Materials

The first thing you’ll find as you shop for hardwood moulding products is a wide range of base materials. For instance, hardwood mouldings may be made from knotty alder or popular, as well as a range of other options that offer flexibility and improved strength. Some types of hardwood have striking grain patterns which are meant to be sealed or stained, while other moulding materials are better off when they are painted. This is especially true of the more flexible mouldings that are made by splicing sections of wood together.

If you are set on painting or staining your mouldings a specific color, you should definitely ask about which products will handle these processes best. You don’t want to overpay for mouldings with a dramatic grain pattern only to end up painting over it.

Choosing a Profile

The profile of your hardwood mouldings is the area most likely to impact the feel of your room. A large, exotic profile can make a room feel smaller if you have low ceilings or small spaces. You will want to choose a profile that adds a hint of luxury to the space without feeling gaudy. This not only applies to your crown moulding, but also to base board moulding.

Keep in mind that more detailed moulding requires more maintenance and cleaning. If your lifestyle does not involve weekly wipe downs of your baseboards, you probably don’t want an extravagant moulding that will collect dust in all the nooks and crannies.

There are dozens of hardwood moulding options available, and many profile designs can be customized to better fit the unique needs of your home. You can view a full gallery of available profiles and wood options at Volterra Architectural Products. We can answer all your questions about how to choose the best moulding for your needs. Contact us at 602-258-7373.

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