How Everest Moulding Products Differ From Traditional Mouldings

If you don’t have interior moulding in your home, you may be missing out on a goldmine of decorative potential. High-quality interior moulding brings a touch of elegance and detail to any room—and thanks to today’s manufacturing technology, it has never been more accessible. If you consider gorgeous interior mouldings for your home out of reach for reasons of cost or convenience, consider the following.

Interior moulding used to involve difficult installation and steep price tags. Traditionally, mouldings are made of wood, plaster, or medium density fiberboard (MDF). Despite wood’s sturdy reputation, custom wood mouldings are subject to all manner of perils, like flammability, rot, and warping with changes in humidity. Plaster mouldings are expensive and fragile during transportation and handling. Both wood and plaster require lengthy, messy professional installation. MDF tends to have a low-quality look and is prone to cracking at the joints.

Fortunately, today’s savvy homeowner can enjoy beautiful, luxurious interior mouldings at a fraction of the traditional cost. Our products, manufactured exclusively by Everest Mouldings, are no less visually stunning than traditional options, but are reasonably priced and durable. They feature a proprietary flexible coating that virtually eliminates the risk of cracking joints and breakage during installation.

Some of our customers have asked us how we can afford to offer high-quality products at such affordable prices. We manufacture our own products and sell through an exclusive network of dedicated distributors. This gives us an incomparable degree of quality control, which is the company ethos at Everest Mouldings and Specialties.

Our mouldings are strong, flexible, lightweight, and easy to install. Take advantage of the design potential hidden in your ceilings, and the spaces where your walls meet them, with the convenience and affordability of modern interior mouldings.

Mouldings Through the Ages

If you’re considering adding decorative mouldings to your home, you’re in good company. The architects of ancient Greece were the first to use mouldings to accent their buildings. Stylized mouldings in ancient Greece visually divided rooms into smaller spaces, serving a practical and aesthetic purpose. Many of today’s familiar shapes can be traced back to Greek architecture. For example, egg and dart mouldings decorate the 5th century BCE Erechtheion temple, and dentils were a key decorative feature of many Classical era buildings. The Romans followed in the footsteps of the Greeks, making extensive use of decorative mouldings though they typically used simpler, more straightforward designs than the Greeks.

Ancient Greek and Roman moulding styles set the foundation for later mouldings commissioned by wealthy European homeowners. With the renewed interest in art and beauty brought on by the Renaissance came a resurgence in crown mouldings, used by stately citizens to hide imperfections between the wall and ceiling. Since all mouldings had to be built on-site using hand-planes, chisels, and gouges, only those in the top tiers of society could afford them. The same was true of the Victorian Era, where detailed, elaborate mouldings were prohibitively expensive for all but the most affluent. The presence of mouldings in a home was a good indicator of the homeowner’s wealth and social status.

The 1850’s saw a boom in the popularity of mouldings thanks to the invention of planing machines which could produce mouldings off-site at a much lower cost. Suddenly, elaborate decorative mouldings were much more accessible, albeit still difficult and expensive to install. Still more than a century and a half away from the sophisticated, lightweight mouldings technology available today, people lucky enough to have crown mouldings in their homes had to deal with the arduous task of maintaining wood and plaster prone to environmental wear and tear.

In the late 1980s, medium density fibreboard (MDF) hit the scene. Though MDF mouldings are more lightweight than earlier forms, they have the unfortunate disadvantage of releasing free formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and other toxic compounds for at least several months after manufacture. MDF mouldings are also sensitive to environmental stressors, exhibiting significant shrinkage in low humidity, as well as warping and cracking.

Today, we find ourselves in a golden era of mouldings. Plaster Coated Styrofoam (PCS) mouldings, complete with Mouldings Centre’s proprietary flexible coating, are leaps and bounds beyond anything that came before them. They are 100% non-toxic, lightweight, durable, virtually immune to differences in humidity, and easy to install yourself. Best of all, they are available at a fraction of the cost of traditional mouldings! There’s a reason mouldings have been a consistent architectural feature for thousands of years, and it’s never been easier to continue this proud tradition in your own home.