Polystyrene foam is easy to bend and mold. Wood crown molding, on the other hand, is not flexible and does not allow you to bend them the way you need them to be. Combined with the lower cost of purchasing and installing polystyrene foam crown molding, changing the design and layout of your home becomes more affordable as well as more flexible.
Cons Of Polystyrene Crown Molding
One drawback to using polystyrene foam crown molding is that it is incompatible with textured walls or ceilings. The foam will not sit flush with the texture like wood crown molding does. Since you just use an adhesive to place the foam crown molding on the wall/ceiling, you may not get good adhesion.
Pros Of Wood Crown Molding
Great For Adding High Value
Wood crown molding is great for increasing the value of any home. Because wood is a more expensive material, choosing to install wood crown molding in your home can quickly increase the value. While it may cost you more money upfront, you will reap the benefits later in the resale process.
Different Types Of Wood Available
Nature has produced beautiful woods in various colors. Ranging from pine to cedar, it is possible for you to bring nature into your home with wood crown molding.
Cons Of Wood Crown Molding
Everything made from wood can be more expensive to build. This is why many people choose polystyrene foam crown molding over wood crown molding. It is much more expensive to make wood crown molding than to choose manufactured materials.
More difficult to cut and install
Lighter materials, such as polystyrene foam crown molding, are easier to cut than wood crown molding. You will need more power tools to cut the actual wood crown molding, which you may not have in your home. This will make installation more difficult and possibly require the help of others.
Overall, both polystyrene crown finishes and wood crowns are great choices, but polystyrene materials are far superior in terms of cost-effectiveness, durability, flexibility, etc.