In ancient times, mouldings were carved from stone. This process was eventually replaced with plaster. In time, plaster was substituted with hardwood. Today, the buzzword is MDF crown moulding as it offers the traditional, smooth stone surface feel apart from providing many other benefits.

Theoretically, medium density fiberwood (MDF) is a hybrid material in use to produce numerous architectural elements for office and home, including crown moulding, baseboards and wainscoting. Therefore, whether installed to hide cracks, a poor taping job or purely for architectural aesthetics, MDF crown moulding renders personality and elegance to your space.

On the other hand, plaster crown moulding is costly as it is always made to order. Moreover, it is considerably heavy and easily cracked. It is critical to mention that before the 1950’s, plaster was the common way to create walls and ceilings. However, today things have diametrically changed.

There are many characteristics of MDF crown moulding that makes it a sought-after design element over plaster coat crown moulding. Here are seven of them:

1. The installation of plaster moulding is a highly messy process. Alternatively, there are no knots and grain on the MDF crown as well. Consequently, it causes no mess as all the dust from cutting the moulding is carried out outside.

2. The MDF crown moulding is removable. This means that if your newly purchased house comes with a crown moulding profile that does not stand up to your taste, you can just get it replaced with the one of your preference without any hassle. Alternatively, if the profile is a plaster crown, you have got a situation that is at best not simple. This is because the way a plaster or foam crown moulding is installed makes it almost impossible to detach without damaging the ceiling and walls. Moreover, even if you manage to pull it off, you would still be needing new drywalls after the removal.

3. An MDF crown moulding is flexible as well as bendable, and only shows signs of wear and tear when the air is consistently dry. Remember, when the house is new and the fundament is not settled properly, the house moves as a result. Therefore, if you are using plaster, cracks would start appearing all over the moulding as plaster is a solid and thick and would be needing a pressure release by cracking at some point. It is something that will almost never happen with MDF since it is more flexible. Conversely, plaster crown moulding is more susceptible to cracks in the middle of the crown than MDF crown moulding. The latter manifests increased stability, which means your walls are less prone to cracking and warping.

4. The lead time of MDF is much faster than that of plaster. Therefore, if you do not have time on your side, befriend MDF crown moulding as almost all the material is in stock and ready for delivery on a 24-hour notice. Alternatively, plaster crown moulding typically requires a lead time of about two weeks or more to create the moulding.

5. The MDF crown moulding needs fewer joints than a plaster crown. The former comes in 16/14 feet, and needing fewer joints, while the latter typically comes in 8 feet and requires fillers to hide the joints. Although both will look the same after installation, but the joints would be visible down the road.

6. One of the primary advantages of MDF crown moulding is its affordability. It will cost you almost 50% of what you would pay for plaster mouldings as the material cost is less. The saved amount would enable you to add further architectural details to your home.

7. An MDF crown moulding always comes primed. Moreover, when the joints are sanded they are primed again to make the final product consistently white throughout. The prime factor makes it ultra-convenient for customers who do not want to go through the pain of painting.