Unfinished Solid Wood Moulding
Unfinished solid wood moulding is the most common moulding used in homes. It can be made from pine or hardwood and milled in a multitude of profiles, to match almost any decorating style. Check out our moulding profiles page to see a few samples of the most common moulding profiles. Unfinished wood moulding comes in two grades:
Stain grade moulding is made from clear lumber so it accepts stains well, without streaking or blotching. The absence of knots and other defects yields a rich, even finish after staining or clear coating.
Primed finger joint or paint grade moulding is made from short pieces of pine finger jointed together to create each piece of moulding. The difference in paint and stain grade moulding is that the finger joints in paint grade moulding render it unsuitable for staining or clear coating. Most paint grade moulding comes preprimed and ready to paint, saving you the time, trouble and expense of priming the moulding yourself.
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) Moulding
MDF is a lightweight engineered wood product that cuts and works just like wood but with less movement due to changes in humidity and temperature. MDF moulding comes preprimed and ready to paint. Its workability and stability make MDF a good choice for any moulding application where a paint grade solution is desired.
Prefinished moulding is made from polystyrene and comes in several different wood grain patterns at a significantly lower cost than wood moulding. It comes ready to install, since the finish is applied at the factory, saving you the time and expense of finishing it yourself. Prefinished moulding is available with several wood grain finishes and a traditional white so it can be used in many settings. Its low cost and easy installation make prefinished moulding an economical alternative to traditional wood moulding.