Q&A with Moulding Customers

How do I read the measurements assigned to moulding?
When you’re shopping for moulding, it helps to understand the measurements. The width specifies how wide, or tall, the outward facing profile is. The thickness, or depth, is how far the moulding protrudes from the wall. The length specifies the vertical or horizontal distance the moulding will span when installed. Usually, measurements are given in width by thickness.

What type of material is your moulding made from?
Woodgrain carries a wide variety of moulding across several types of species and finishes. Options are based on our customer needs and regions. The majority of our moulding is paint grade made from medium density fiberboard (MDF) and finger jointed pine. We also provide stain grade moulding in Pine, Oak, and Knotty Alder.

What is the difference between solid and finger-joint moulding?
Solid moulding is one continuous piece of wood. Finger joint moulding is made up of several shorter pieces glued, or finger jointed, together.

How much moulding do I need for my project?
Measure the length of each wall rounding up to the next full foot. For each miter cut, add the width of the moulding to the length. For example, if your wall is 50” long and you’re using a 3” wide piece of moulding, add 3” to each side of your piece for a total length of 56”. A good rule of thumb is to buy 15% more to account for miter cuts and waste.

Do I finish the moulding before or after I install it?
It’s generally easier to finish the moulding after it has been measured and cut, but before installation.

What tools do I need to install moulding?
To perform a complete moulding install job, the following tools are necessary:

  • Miter Box, Miter Saw or Compound Miter Saw
  • Finishing Nails or Staples, Nail Set, and a Hammer or Brad Nailer
  • Tap Measure
  • Framing Square
  • Protractor
  • Pen and Paper
  • Utility Knife
  • Wood Putty or Filler and Wood Glue
  • Sand Paper
  • Safety Glasses
  • Level
  • Clamps

I want to give my home a unique, ornate look… what do you recommend?
Combining moulding profiles to create build-ups is the best way to add a unique, beautiful look to any room. Check out our post about Enhancing Your Home With Build-ups.