Crown Moulding FAQ
What materials do you offer?
All of our crown Molding are made from MDF. We do not offer Polyurethane or Plaster. The beauty of using MDF is that it is a very stable material that does not expand and contract as much as many other materials and when installed properly it will not expand and contract noticeably.
What size Crown Molding should I choose for my ceiling?
The size of the moulding will depend entirely on the height of the ceiling and the size of the room. Generally speaking, we recommend you install 5″ cornice in an 8 foot high ceiling and a 7″ cornice in a 9 foot ceiling. If you have taller ceilings, we can provide you with larger mouldings or build ups which are made using 2 or 3 trims and can get up to 12″ in width.
Do you charge for Corners or Over Height?
We charge a small fee for corners and anything over 12 feet in height. Corners are the most difficult and time consuming aspect of the installation and so we have to charge for the time and effort it takes to finish them properly. Anything over stairs is charged only because of the set up time and danger involved in installing crown moulding over a set of stairs.
What should I do to prepare for the arrival of the Carpenters?
Our carpenters require access to an electrical plug in order to power their tools. Please ensure that the garage is cleared to allow the carpenters room to cut the material which can be upto 17 feet in length. We ask that our customers move their furniture to the center of the rooms in which the crown moulding will be installed. Please clear furniture 30″ from the wall in order for the carpenters to move their ladders to the spots they need to access.
What is the difference between Cornice and Crown Moldings?
Cornice is the actual name for ceiling trim whereas Crown Molding is the common term used for ceiling trim. It’s kind of like “Facial Tissue” and “Kleenex”, everyone always asks for a Kleenex to wipe their nose.
Is painting included in the price of installation?
NO, painting is not included in the installation price. All of our MDF Crowns are Primed White and will be ready for paint once the installation is complete.
What is HDF (High Density Fiberboard)?
Over the last few months there have been companies in the GTA confusing customers by offering HDF Crown Mouldings. The truth is that HDF is an actual product but HDF Crown Mouldings are NOT. HDF is a harder version of MDF and although a great product, it is only used in the laminate flooring industry, it is great for large flat durable surfaces but HDF cannot be shaped or cut into Crown Mouldings.
There are different grades of MDF depending on the source country of the material. China, Chile and Canada are the three largest suppliers of MDF. Chinese MDF tends to be very porous and Yellow in colour and easily breakable. Chilean MDF is slightly darker due to the larger percentage of hardwood used to make it. Canadian MDF is the heaviest , Darkest and best MDF in terms of quality and also has the highest percentage of Hardwood. Canadian MDF is being referred to as HDF, it’s really more of a marketing term, unfortunately it is really misleading and confusing to customers.
Capital Columns only uses Canadian MDF.
Is it spelled Mouldings or Moldings? Moulding or Molding?
It is said that during the Boston Tea Party of 1773, Americans dumped tea overboard to protest British taxation. As it turns out, not everything British was abandoned that evening. The same early Americans might have written that . . . after finding something in the galley that appeared to be moulding;we journeyed below to find some decorative crown moldings, which we made use of forthwith.
When referring to Crown Mouldings, or Cornices as they would, the British have always used the ou in the spelling while the American spelling remains without the u. Having said this, American companies seem divided on this point.
Many American corporations that manufacture or sell mouldings have kept the Old Word spelling in their company name and branding, perhaps out of conscience for the historical significance of these decorative building material products.
You may notice that this site uses both words throughout various pages, as both are used when customers are searching for products to buy online. Analyzing search engine results, we find the traditionally, younger customers search under Molding while the remainder seem to prefer Moulding, the spelling of which would also be used to describe the blue stuff at the back of the fridge, or refrigerator, if you prefer.
Whatever your spelling preference, we promise to deliver high quality decorative mouldings. We still tend to spell molding as moulding and prefer to hang it on the walls rather than find it at the back of the fridge.