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Know Your Moulding Material Options and Make an Informed Decision

Moulding not only enhances your home aesthetics but also provides protection to the walls and flooring against damage but with so many materials available for moulding and trim, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your home or project. Knowing the different material options available for interior and exterior moulding and trim will help you make an informed decision.

  1. Wood: Wood is a classic choice for moulding and trim. It offers a warm, natural look and is available in a variety of species, such as Hemlock, Red Oak, Maple, Cherry, Poplar, Douglas Fir, and Pine. Wood can be painted or stained to match any interior design. Eco-Wise Hemlock wood products are 100% natural, sustainably forested, produced in Western Canada and Northern Washington State and having no chemical additives ensures a healthy home environment. For LEED projects, Hemlock is PEFC certified and is available with FSC Certification by request. Alder and Fir, like Hemlock and all Western woods, are sourced from sustainably certified forestry operations and are classified as Eco-Friendly. Wood, however, is susceptible to moisture damage and can warp, crack, or rot over time. It is important to keep wood moulding and trim dry and well-maintained to avoid these issues. All our in-stock moulding profiles are available in different wood species upon request and subject to availability.
  2. MDF: Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is a popular alternative to wood. It is made by compressing wood fibres with resin under high pressure and temperature. MDF is smooth and consistent and offered pre-primed making it easy to paint, and it’s more affordable than wood. MDF is not as durable as wood and can chip or dent if not handled properly. All MDF wood products available through Westcoast Moulding are TSCA Title VI compliant and compliant with CANFER including emission testing, certification, labelling and record keeping.
  3. Polyurethane: Polyurethane is a synthetic material that mimics the look of wood. It is lightweight, easy to install, and resistant to moisture and rot. Polyurethane moulding and trim are more durable than wood or MDF and less likely to chip or dent. Polyurethane is available in a variety of styles and finishes, making it a versatile option for any interior design. However, polyurethane can be more expensive than wood or MDF.
  4. PVC: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a plastic material popular for its durability and low maintenance and sold through Westcoast Moulding as Duraboard®. PVC moulding and trim are moisture-resistant, insect-resistant, and do not warp or rot—perfect anywhere moisture is an issue. PVC is also easy to install and can be painted or stained to match any interior design. PVC can be more expensive than other materials, and some people may not like the look of plastic moulding and trim.
  5. Flexible Mouldings: Every in-stock moulding profile we carry is available ‘flexible’ and perfect for round or coved walls, ceilings, and arches. Flex is a polyester resin-based product that can be installed with glue and pneumatic pin nailers. Great for interior and exterior applications. Contact us today to find out more about flexible mouldings.

Consider the advantages and disadvantages of the moulding material options available with your budget, maintenance requirements, and design preferences in mind, to choose the right moulding material options for your home or project . At Westcoast Moulding & Millwork, we offer a wide selection of moulding and trim in moulding material options and styles to meet your specific needs. Contact us today to learn more about moulding material options.


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