Not too long ago, choosing mouldings and trim for your project was a breeze. You’d visit your local lumberyard and select one of the limited options of wood substrates and be on your way. Innovations in technology mean that today’s substrates aren’t limited to only a few choices. There are alternative materials everywhere you look, each one more appealing than the next.
The substrates that seem to be flying off the shelves today include medium-density fiberboard (MDF), primed finger-jointed pine, and poplar. These options offer the best in functionality and embellishment. After all, aren’t mouldings meant to look beautiful?
With so many options in mouldings, choosing the right one for your project can be a daunting task. Luckily, Next Day Moulding Doors and Stairs is here to simplify the process for you. Because the truth is, different substrates might be better for different areas of your home.
Let us take your project to the next level by walking you through the most popular paint-grade mouldings and boards and identifying their most favorable applications.
Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF)
Medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, is quickly becoming a popular alternative material in the construction industry for various products. MDF is an engineered composite made from recycled wood waste when it comes to moldings and boards.
Because it is engineered, you’ll see a flawless board that does not contain any visible imperfections and will not warp, crack, or bow. The affordability of MDF is another big reason why so many builders and contractors switch over to this multipurpose material.
The fact that it comes factory primed and with fewer visible joints makes it easy to paint, and the long boards create a consistent look wherever you go in the house. Its smooth, delicate surface makes MDF mouldings and boards great for elegant touches throughout your home, like crown moulding or shiplap walls.
Primed Finger-Jointed Pine
Pine is a softwood that is easy to work with and is a very forgiving material. For that reason, the solid pine timbers that form primed finger-jointed mouldings are an uncomplicated, versatile substrate that will meet the demands of your project.
The finger-jointing process means that smaller wood lengths are joined tightly together to form a strong bond. This process eliminates knots or imperfections in the wood and is environmentally friendly because it uses smaller sizes to create one long board. You’ll get a moulding or board that is stick straight, free of flaws or blemishes, and easy to saw, nail, or repair. All wood comes primed and ready to paint.
With all the real timber features without the price tag, finger-jointed mouldings are great for areas like door jambs and door or window casings because they are less likely to warp or twist over time.
Poplar is a hardwood that acts like a softwood. What we mean is that it’s easy to manipulate and install, but it has that undeniable elegance of straight-grained wood. Poplar is a medium-density material that creates mouldings and boards that feature crisp, clean, precise edges and profiles. Poplar is not just great for painting; it can also be stained for a premium-quality finish that will look great in any room. At Next Day Moulding Doors and Stairs, we offer poplar mouldings and boards that are ready to be primed, painted or stained on your next project.
The durability, rich wood tones, and intricacies of this substrate make it great for complex mouldings or areas that take a lot of wear and tear, like wainscoting or chair rails in high traffic areas like a dining room.
There are many ways that mouldings and boards can transform a living space. From modern trim boards to elaborate crown moulding, we carry the largest selection of in-stock moulding options in the entire New England area. Contact us today for immediate pickup or next-day delivery.
If you ever have questions about your options for primed finger joint, MDF, poplar, or any other moulding, just stop into one of our four convenient Boston area locations or give us a call to learn how we can help elevate your project.