Now that you are familiar with the different types of mouldings that are out there, it is important to understand differences in materials used to create your interior accent. Wood is of course the most popular, but not all wood is created equal. Let’s begin by defining some terms you may hear:

Clear:  For most straight mouldings, this means that the piece of moulding is cut from one piece of wood. For radius or wide mouldings, this can be several pieces of matching wood “glued up” before running in the moulder.  Clear mouldings are used for stain-grade applications.

Finger-Jointed: this means that the piece of moulding is made out of the best parts of several pieces of wood and pieced together, not caring about matching color or pattern, to form longer lengths.  These lengths are glued together in a “saw tooth” fashion and those joints are quite noticeable.  Finger-jointed wood has become popular as wood resources have been depleted. In order to achieve the long lengths desired in the building industry and use only quality wood, it became economical to cut out poor quality wood and piece together the remaining quality wood into the longer lengths needed. Finger-jointed mouldings are very common today and are used for paint-grade applications.

Flexible Mouldings: these are mouldings made of bendable material which is typically a polymer blend of some sort and are used for curved applications. Flexible mouldings are a less expensive option to a custom curved wood casing or moulding or where wood cannot be bent appropriately.

Solid Jamb: a solid door jamb is a one-piece jamb that holds a door in place. More stable and durable than a split-jamb door, the solid jamb is considered a higher quality product. The solid jamb is especially beneficial when hanging heavy doors such as solid core molded doors, MDF doors or wood doors.

Split-Jamb: a split jamb is a jamb that comes in two pieces and is nailed