Pros and Cons of Hardwood and Jointed Pine Trim Options

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Planning any interior house renovations, many homeowners want affordable finishing touches that will highlight, transform or separate the room, creating magnificent look. One of such useful value-increasing “touches” is well-liked crown moulding and baseboard installation. Framing a wall or the ceiling,they create a luxurious look for the space, elevating room’s value and cutting impressive profile with distinguished angles and graceful curves. Different kinds of mouldings are produced from hardwood, plaster, plastic or reformed wood. Nowadays an existing range of baseboards and crown moulding installation options can make you feel overwhelmed. Discover a rundown on the pros and cons of two popular types of trim options for your interior design. 

Hardwood

The most natural of all available trims is often the most attractive. Installation of hardwood baseboard, trim and moulding will give an organic, natural feel into your home. Hardwood options are very durable; they won’t warp over time and hardly ever crack. Furthermore, installation of hardwood baseboards, moulding and trim allows to decide on desired colour pattern that matches well with the rest of your interior design. Besides, wood is natural, eco-friendly and renewable resource.

Since many of these hardwood pieces don’t come pre-primed, on your part more work with extra challenge is required during its installation. The price for any construction of hardwood is typically pricier than other options. There’s a wide range of prices, depending on the type of wood you use and the size of the baseboard, from around $0.85 per linear foot for 3 inch pine baseboard and up to $2.50 per linear foot for 6 inch oak or other hardwood baseboard.

Jointed Pine

The same natural feel of hardwood at much more economical price is possible with installation of jointed pine moulding, trim and baseboard. More flexible than hardwood options, jointed pine trim is easy to install and nail. Unlike hardwood options, the baseboards usually come pre-primed and treated, sothe installation of moulding will be easier, without knots and warping issues.

As the finger joints are often quite visible even after excessive sanding, you may have to use a dark-colored stain to cover them up. Another disadvantage is that the glue for holding together the pieces often contains strong adhesives, which may contain formaldehyde and other chemicals, which can off-gas harmful VOC´s for years. The cost of pre-primed, ready for installation baseboard, trim or moulding is inexpensive from $1.50 per linear foot and up to $3.00.

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