Quite often, homeowners requesting estimates share with me that they have attempted to already to do the work themselves but discovered how challenging it can be to produce tight-fitting corners in long sections of floppy moulding material. In some cases, these people have done their best, and now want to know what can be done to live with the gaps and visible splices. Sadly, for the best results in most of these cases, the work needs to be pulled down and new moulding installed again with properly coped corners that overlap. Doubt what I’m saying? Just google “how to fix ugly crown molding joints and you’ll read the comments of painters working on poorly installed work like this one: “…I’m constantly sent back to houses to fix ugly crown moulding joints. Anyone have any suggestions for a good way to fix them? I’ve tried filling them out with various fillers, I’ve tried sanding them down (by hand) no matter what I do they’re just ugly. Try convincing a homeowner to live with it though.” Almost without exception, at the root of these installations is a tool loving weekend warrior who sees this as an opportunity to buy new power tools. But what they discover is that the proper installation of decorative interior millwork is more about understanding architectural details and proportion as well as having the hand skills of a craftsman than setting a saw to a miter angle or nailing strips of scuffed up Home Depot moulding to the walls. And when these homeowners experience how we arrive on install day with material that has already been prepared and are installing each room including filling holes and caulking efficiently and leave the home without any mess to clean up, they admit installing it by themselves wasn’t worth the hassle.
I admit that I do more DIY around my own home than I should so I understand the mindset. It’s tempting to work on anything that needs attention. But experience has proven that there are certain projects that simply aren’t worth the hassle when I see how specialist companies are able to perform quality work for a reasonable price and most importantly get it done efficiently. For the time it takes me to diagnose the issue, go get the tools and parts, attempt the fix, go get more parts and tools, etc a qualified specialist can complete the work while I sip my coffee and enjoy the process.
Installing mouldings usually requires several experienced people working together to do the work. And, work like crown moulding installation when done properly adds value to your home. When done poorly it has the opposite result. Spectacular Trim specializes in the design and installation of interior molding and trim. Visit www.spectaculartrim.com for more information.