Q: Crown molding: polyurethane or wood/plaster?
My wife and I are looking to add some crown molding to our downstairs ceilings. A friend of mine told me that, although wood and plaster are thought of as being more classic, polyurethane is the way to go, due to its lightness and cost. As professionals, do you agree? Thanks.
A: Crown molding: polyurethane or wood/plaster?
Although the poly is lighter and easier to cut, it is no more forgiving when it comes to cutting and measuring (measure twice - cut once) and has a tendency to melt on the cut edge, requiring some clean-up before installing. You also have to be careful when tacking it up so as to not split it or dent it with a hammer. Because poly is flexible, you also need to take more care to insure the peices don't twist as you install them. There's also a greater variety of looks available in natural wood in my opinion.
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