Moulding Masters Of California Industry Info

(925) 237-1960
1070 Detroit Avenue, Unit E
Concord, CA 94518
Mark Benda is owner of Moulding Masters of California.
Crown molding installation is a specified practice. Follow exact directions or hire a reputable contracting company for the best results.

If you plan on installing crown molding yourself, here are some helpful tips as a reference before starting work.

• Make sure each length of crown molding you purchase has the exact same spring angle, width and thickness. Building supply stores purchase their crown and trim from several manufactures, each of which uses its own fabrication standards/tolerances.
• Always check the square of your saw before you begin. For every degree your saw is out, you’ll get twice that error for each joint you cut.
• It’s much easier to cut crown molding lying flat (face up) using a compound miter saw. Also, for sloped ceilings, some cuts aren’t possible with a miter saw.
• For added strength, use wood glue in all joints.
• Caulk all joints and the top and bottom of your crown and trim. Use a shrink-free spackling for nail holes. Caulking nail holes will leave visible dimples.
• Using a finishing nail gun will speed up installation and avoid hammer and nail punch dings.
• Don’t “chop cut” your crown or trim. Let the saw blade do the work. Ease the saw slowly through the material.

If you want to bypass the hard work and hire a contracting company to install your molding, make sure its workers are bonded and licensed, says Mark Benda, owner of Moulding Masters of California in Concord. “The liability is just too much,” he says. “Anything could happen.” Mr. Benda warns against contractors who “work out of the back of their truck.” They can be difficult for a reputable contractor to compete against, he says, since they keep their prices low by cutting corners.

In the molding industry, it’s especially important to hire a reputable company with a long-term track record of superior service, says Mr. Benda. “What if the company you’re dealing with disappears? How do you ever get service if you need to match the profile of the moldings? You need a supplier that’s established and has been in business for a long time.”

Mr. Benda compares shopping for a contactor to shopping for a car. It’s rarely advisable to buy the first one you see on the dealer’s lot. You need to “kick the tires,” he says.

Mr. Benda strongly advises homeowners to ask their prospective contractor to provide references. The list should be recent and relatively extensive. Contact several of them and find out whether they were satisfied with the work. Also, he says, find out whether the contractor demanded payment before the project began. Ideally, they should only ask for payment after a job is complete and the customer is fully satisfied.