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envieddesigns
Foam Crown Molding opinion
envieddesigns

Hi,
I purchased some crown moldings from build direct website. They are foam crown moldings. Has any one had experience with these type of foam moldings? Good/Bad?

I was expecting to receive a type of hard polystyrene type foam molding but these look like Styrofoam cup type of material though they advertise them as polystyrene its totally diff than what I saw at home depot. it is hard and sturdy but if you run your nail across it you'll scratch/indent it. They say its easy to install with just bead of caulk behind it and then bottom and top to finish off but I'm hesitant to use them, I was expecting to use a harder product like the ones home depot had so I can use my nail gun.

They are 1/2"x6 1/5"x95 1/2" and were $15.95 each piece that's almost 8' long. I have 140', i'm doing living room/kitchen and foyer area.

They said no issues with returning it if I decide to. I'm on the fence right now.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Problems I foresee are:

Damage during shipping
Damage during installation
Impossible to keep straight lines - wavy crown looks terrible
Harder to install because of it's flexibility, will definitely need second set of hands, even for short pieces.

Crown is not generally a type of molding that gets abused, however, if it is as soft as you say, then general cleaning could possibly damage it.

Clarence
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Clarence

It was designed for synthetic stucco for exterior use only.
It must have a base and finish added after it is installed.
If you want to install it on the interior you had better check with the fire code in your area.
Also check with your insurance company.
I think EIMA states that it can't be used over head.

ed21
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ed21

I would tend to agree with both answers.
Their spec/advertisement/website should indicate what the intended use is.
Most but not all foam isn't allowed for exposed situations in homes per building codes.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Ditto to all above. Definitely not something you want inside a house because of it's flammability and smoke characteristics.

I've used the stuff for exterior stucco work back when I was a Lather. That trade is still listed in my state's official Employment system, but good luck finding a job at it. Most outfits now have the finishers do the lath.

Phil

dj1
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dj1

They offered you your money back? take their offer and start fresh.

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