Trim and Molding Guide -
Trim and Molding Guide

Trim and molding, the showmanship of carpentry, make or break a home’s appearance. It’s the most prominent fixture and can do wonders for the beauty of your home. While there are many varieties of trim and molding, the most popular are traditionally wainscoting, box beams and cornices, also known as crown molding.

The wood paneling you may sometimes see on the lower portions of walls is called wainscoting. Wainscoting reached the height of its popularity in the early 19th century and has since experienced a resurgence in popularity.

Wainscoting can be made from many different building materials, natural or synthetic, and stands three to five feet tall. The decorative paneling adds an elegant touch to a room and is fairly simple to install.

Box Beams
Box beams are hollow beams constructed from four pieces of building material. In home construction, a box beam is often made from wood. The pieces of a box beam are nailed and glued together to create a square or rectangle, and then painted or stained. Box beams are not able to support as much weight as a solid beam, but that’s one of the few disadvantages.

There are many advantages to box beams, including their lightweight nature and ease of installation. They look really spectacular in rustic homes.

Crown Molding
Have you ever noticed the attractive trim work that runs along the top edges of many homes? Large or small, it is all referred to as crown molding. Installing quality crown molding is one of the best ways to add extra value to a home. It can be made of wood, composite fibers or even plastics. With the right tools and careful measurements, it’s something you can install yourself!