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Crown Molding 101: Installation Process

Crown molding not only adds visual interest to your home, but also increases its value. It highlights the transition between walls and ceiling, adding decorative character to even the plainest rooms. Furthermore, it elevates a room’s stature and draws the eye up. If you are a first-timer, there are a few things to keep in mind before you tackle this DIY project. You will want to ensure you have the right tools and materials including:

  • Crown Molding
  • Nails
  • Paintable Caulk
  • Caulk Gun
  • Miter Saw
  • Coping Saw
  • Ladder
  • Taper Measure
  • Hammer

Crown molding comes in various types and sizes. Wood molding tends to be a good option as it is lightweight and relatively flexible. It comes in stain-grade woods or stock-paint grade. Plaster can be richly ornamented with crisp detail, but it heavy and rigid. This means that it generally requires a professional to install it, as screws and construction adhesive are needed for additional support. Plaster-covered foam is also increasing in popularity, comprised of fiberglass covered polystyrene and a thin coat of acrylic plaster. There are many other options depending on the specific needs of your project.

After you have selected the type of crown molding, you will want to measure and cut the corners. Using a coping saw is the easiest way to cut due to the tightness of a coped joint versus a mitered joint. Additionally, a coping saw is the best option for beginners as any gaps can be easily concealed with a small amount of caulk. If you do not have one on hand, a power miter saw also provides a clean cut and tends to be highly accurate. Once the pieces have been cut, it is time to take the molding to the wall. Longer pieces may require assistance.

As long as the materials are light enough, nails and caulk to fill in any gaps should be sufficient to support the molding. If you prefer to use corner blocks, you can skip the miter and coping cuts altogether, which prevents having to cut angles into the molding. This not only looks professional, but also tends to be easier to tackle. If you find that installing crown molding isn’t for you, experts at Charles Martin & Son Roofing are here to help. For more information and a free consultation, contact us today!