Moulding and trimwork provide our living spaces with a finished look, and are a means to make an aesthetic statement or artistic expression. Mouldings also serve a useful purpose by connecting the different elements of building such as wall surfaces to flooring, and door and window openings. Early plaster often cracked where the ceilings met the wall, making crown and cornice mouldings a useful decoration. Early construction techniques allowed moisture to collect in the lower parts of a room or house, creating a need for wainscotting and other finished wall treatments. Chair rails and base mouldings protect walls from sliding furniture and other wear. Different eras and architectural styles had different needs and uses for mouldings. Dish rails and picture rails allowed the emerging middle classes in Europe and America a way to display art and decorative household items.
Hayward stocks and sells a variety of mouldings. The most popular choices for molding include solid pine, fingerjointed pine, primed pine and medium density fiberboard.
Solid pine, or stain grade pine, is one of the original moulding substrates that can be painted or stained. The grain of this “solid” piece of wood is continuous for stained or natural finishes. Solid pine is also used in many smaller profiles and other applications where the strength of the piece is important. Solid pine mouldings are sold in random lengths.
Fingerjointed pine is a paint grade product. It is manufactured by trimming defects from common grade lumber to make short lengths of clear lumber. These pieces are then glued into longer lengths and manufactured into mouldings. This procedure helps reduce the tendency of the piece to twist or warp. They usually cost less than the stain grade equivalent because less expensive wood is used in the beginning of the process. Fingerjointed mouldings allow you to prime and paint with your own choice of oil, lacquer, or acrylic based products.
Primed pine is identical to fingerjointed pine except it has a machine applied primer coat of paint. Final finishing only requires applying a top coat of paint. Pre-priming at the mill is designed to be less expensive than painting by hand, and saves time on the job.
Medium Density Fiberboard
MDF mouldings are manufactured from medium density fiberboard. These mouldings are used in paint grade interior applications. The manufacturing process insures a uniform consistency without the imperfections that may exist in other paint grade products. MDF does not warp or split and does not expand and contract like natural wood species. MDF has a hard surface that will not damage easily and that will not show raised grain. MDF mouldings are primed and there is very little surface preparation required for finishing. They are less expensive than other wood paint grade mouldings. This is especially true in larger architectural profiles.
Hayward stocks a variety of moulding styles, each designed to reflect the style of the home or neighborhood. Whether a home is Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Colonial, Classic or Contemporary, Hayward sells moulding to complement and enhance its living spaces. Hayward’s extensive inventory includes base mouldings, casings, crown and cove mouldings, chair rails, and door headers. Kelleher, Hayward’s primary moulding supplier, has an even more extensive inventory only hours away. To get started on choosing moulding, download one of these moulding catalogs :
- Kelleher Architectural Collections Design and Style Guide (24 pages)
- Kelleher Signature Series Moulding Catalog (6 pages)
- Kelleher Northern California Catalog (153 pages)–for Pacific Grove, Redwood City and Salinas
- Kelleher Northern California Pocket Guide for Moulding (44 pages)-for Pacific Grove, Redwood City and Salinas-
- Kelleher Sourthern California Catalog (148 pages)—-for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria
- Kelleher Southern California Pocket Guide for Moulding and Lumber (60 pages)–for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria
These catalogs feature full room moulding packages, combining crown, casing and base moulding and chair rail moulding. Hayward’s expert sales representatives are always avaiable to discuss moulding options, so don’t hesitate to contact the Hayward store nearest to you.