Wood millwork is common for home construction projects. Wood has a classic texture and look. Wood molding comes with a few disadvantages, however. It has to be primed and can still be susceptible to shifts in temperature or humidity. Flexible molding, on the other hand, is much more versatile.
The most prominent feature of flexible molding is its malleability. It can be easily shaped without threat of splintering or cracking. This makes it ideal for applications such as the crown molding around curved archways or the rounded end of a staircase rail. Depending on the application, your contractor can choose the level of rigidity he or she needs the molding to have.
Flexible molding can be used in a variety of millwork features. If you want to save costs, you can opt to use it only in the applications wherein wood would pose the most issues. Flexible molding, however, can be used in any application and can be designed with a vast array of colors and finishes.
You have to be careful where you use wood. It doesn’t stand up well over time to extreme temperatures or humidity, which puts it at a disadvantage for any outdoor uses. Flexible molding resolves those issues with its reliable durability that holds up no matter what the weather brings.
While flexible molding is more expensive than wood as a material, it requires far less work. Because it is so easy to mold and install, you can save quite a bit of money in labor costs. You may be pleasantly surprised at how well it fits into your construction budget.
When you are making decisions about the millwork on your home, talk to your designer about flexible molding. It often lasts longer than traditional options such as wood, and it is easier to work with. It may be the better option for your next project.