What's the difference?

Choosing the Right Materials

First, determine if you want to paint or stain. How elaborate do you want the look?
How much do you want to spend on your moulding type? In general, moulding falls into one of four categories:

Solid Pine, Oak, Poplar

Solid wood baseboard, trim, and especially moulding will bring an organic, natural feel into your home. Pine has the most distinctive grain. Oak has tighter grain and poplar has the most consistent grain. Pine has a yellowish appearance while poplar is lighter. Oak comes in red and white with variations of cream and brown.


Medium-Density Fiberboard (mdf) crown molding can be used in rooms where trim is painted. mdf is a stable and low-cost alternative to solid wood. It comes in a wide range of stock profiles, some with a natural wood veneer suitable for staining. Without veneers, mdf must be painted. This leads to the cutting and installing posing the same challenges as solid wood. Additionally, mdf is easier to dent or nick.

primed pine

Pre-primed moulding are coated with a paint primer, eliminating the use of an undercoat. Delivered ready to install, primed mouldings save time and labor costs.

finger-jointed pine

Finger jointed pine is a solid pine timber where the board is created using small, individual pieces joined together with glue and small interlocking“fingers”to create a neat zig zag effect at the join site. All knots are eliminated in this process.