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Architectural Wood Mouldings Vs EPS: Making the Right Choice for Your Home’s Exterior

When it comes to enhancing the exterior of your home with decorative mouldings, making the right choice can significantly impact longevity and overall appeal. Architectural wood mouldings have been a traditional choice for centuries providing a sense of timeless charm. However, as technology and innovation continue to advance, a superior alternative known as Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) mouldings has emerged. Together, let’s delve into the reasons why EPS mouldings are a smart choice over architectural wood mouldings for your home’s exterior.

  1. Durability and Weather Resistance

One of the most significant drawbacks to architectural wood mouldings is their susceptibility to the elements. Wood is prone to rotting, warping, and splitting when exposed to elements like moisture, sunlight and temperate fluctuations. EPS mouldings, on the other hand, are specifically designed to withstand outdoor conditions. The hard coated EPS material ensures unparalleled durability, making it resistant to both moisture and UV rays. Whether facing heavy rain, hot sun or freezing winters, EPS mouldings maintain their pristine condition. This saves you from the constant maintenance and repair costs associated with traditional wood mouldings.

  1. Design Flexibility

While wood mouldings may offer some different design options, they are limited by the natural properties of the wood. Complex shapes and intricate details can be challenging to achieve, and over time, the wood’s integrity may compromise the moulding’s design. EPS mouldings, on the other hand, are created using advanced computer aided technologies (CAx), allowing for limitless design possibilities. The lightweight and stable nature of EPS makes it easy to sculpt and cut custom shapes as well as intricate patterns. This allows you to achieve the precise look you desire for your home’s exterior.

  1. Moisture and Insect Resistant

Wood mouldings are highly susceptible to moisture, which can lead to both rot and decay. Additionally, wood is a favourable environment for insects, such as termites, which can also cause significant damage to your home’s structure. In comparison to this, EPS mouldings, being composed of polystyrene foam, is resistant to moisture and does not provide a food source to destructible insects. This resistance will ensure that EPS mouldings maintain their structural integrity over time, protecting your home for years to come.

  1. Eco Friendly Choice

Choosing EPS mouldings over architectural wood mouldings provides a less impactful effect on the environment when enhancing the exterior of your home. The process of creating wood mouldings begins with harvesting trees, which to no surprise, has a direct impact on the environment. On the other hand, research on EPS has shown that this material has potential to be recycled, which reduces overall waste and promotes a greener future.

  1. Cost Effective

When first looking into mouldings for the exterior of your home, wood mouldings seem like an affordable choice. However, people often forget to consider how the ongoing maintenance and potential replacement costs due to decay and damage can quickly add up over time. EPS mouldings, provide durability and require low maintenance meaning that they are a significantly more cost-effective investment over time. Choosing EPS mouldings means you are able to enhance the exterior of your home without having to constantly worry and consider the expense of upkeep.

While architectural wood mouldings have a rich history, the smart choice for your home’s exterior lies with EPS mouldings. The unmatched durability, design flexibility, moisture resistance and eco-friendly nature of EPS make it a superior choice for achieving lasting exterior results. So, when considering decorative mouldings for your home, embrace the innovation and advantages of EPS!

Make the right choice for your exterior transformation and contact HPAM today at info@highprofilemouldings.com.au or call (07) 5568 0036 to explore our range of options.