Wood vs. Plaster: Which Option is Right for Your Crown Moulding?

In Household Repair and Decor, Interior | |

Crown moulding represents an excellent way to bring an extra dash of style and sophistication to your property, and there are plenty of options on offer. While cheaper materials, such as MDF and polyurethane, are always an option, it’s hard to beat the quality delivered by more upscale materials, particularly solid wood and plaster.

Either option will make your crown moulding stand out as something special, but each one holds its own advantages.

The Advantages of Wooden Crown Moulding

Firstly, wood is a lot easier to work with. Plaster is much heavier than wood, and it requires additional work to have it fixed safely to the wall and ceiling. It’s also a lot more expensive to make plaster moulding, so the initial costs as well as the installation costs will be higher than those associated with wood crown moulding.

Wood is also a little more versatile. Though both plaster and wood can be made in different styles, there are many different species of timber that you can choose between for your mouldings to create a unique appearance. Finally, keep in mind that plaster tends to develop unsightly cracks over time since it isn’t a very flexible material, and there’s very little that you can do to prevent this. Wood will swell slightly under different temperatures, but it won’t crack or create visible signs of damage.

The Advantages of Plaster Crown Moulding

The fact that plaster crown moulding is a more expensive option than wood means that it has tended to be used in grander properties. If you visit a prestigious old building, you’re likely to see plaster moulding used in abundance. Today, plaster crown moulding is still synonymous with luxury. If you’re trying to cultivate a grand appearance, or if you want to foster a period feel, plaster is probably the way to go.

Additionally, plaster is a little more flexible in terms of profiling. Thanks to the way that plaster is cast, you have the option to create very elaborate profiles that might not be possible with timber.