How Much Does it Cost to Install Crown Molding?
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Crown molding is a type of molding that is used to fill in the space where the ceiling meets the wall.
How much is it?
- On average, to have crown molding professionally installed, plan on spending anywhere from $7 to as much as $14 per foot. Because there are so many different styles and designs you can choose from, the price range can vary.
- Complex molding that needs to be stained, is created from an exotic wood, or has an intricate design can cost a lot more per foot. On average, elaborate molding can cost upwards of $15 to $30 per foot. Aside from the type of wood, uneven walls and ceilings that are not level can bring the prices up as well.
- By the linear foot, plan on budgeting anywhere from $1 to $3 per linear foot on the lower end and $2 to $7 for a midrange molding. Higher end molding can start at $10 and go up from there.
- According to HomeWyse.com, the average cost for crown molding in 2012 were anywhere from $4 to $6.50 per linear foot.
What is going to be included?
- Crown molding will generally be anywhere from one to twenty inches wide. This type of molding will come in many different sizes and depending on the height of the ceiling and the size of the room, the size of the molding will vary. On average, most molding found in a home is five inches wide.
- Crown molding can come as different decorations, styles, types and the edges can come with different patterns. The molding can also be stained, painted or left natural, whatever best matches the style and look of the room.
- DIYNetwork.com has a step-by-step procedure on how crown molding is installed on a ceiling. It will start with measuring, cutting corners, fitting pieces together, coping the joints, attaching molding and making miter cuts. As you may see, the job is a lot more than just nailing molding to the ceiling.
- If you are going to hire a contractor, he should first come to your home and give you an estimate. Once he receives the materials, they should be installed and painted or stained. Finally, the contractor should clean up all the mess that was created by the job.
What are the extra costs?
- As mentioned above, uneven walls or ceilings that are not level can bring the cost up. You will need to fix the wall or ceiling by patching or sanding before you can install the crown molding.
- Rush projects can often be more if you cannot work with the contractor’s time schedule.
- Depending on the molding your purchase, some molding may come finished while others may have to be painted or stained. If the contractor has to perform the painting duties as well, extra charges can apply.
- If you are going to try to do the job on your own, you will need a lot of different supplies. You will need a saws, precise measuring equipment, a hammer and nails, sand paper, wood glue, and other items in order to complete the job in a professional manner. If you have to repair the walls before beginning, you will need supplies for this as well.
Tips to know:
- You may find contractors that are going to want to charge by the hour. Never pay a contractor by the hour because you have no idea how fast they are going to work. Instead, get everything in writing and get a fair estimate of how much they will charge for the entire job. If the contractor is unwilling to do this, it would be wise to find someone else.
- Many contractors are more than happy to offer a free consultation inside of your home. Attempt to call a few different ones to see what they can do for you.
How can I save money?
- With any home improvement job, it is best to get three quotes. You’re going to find that everyone is going to vary. To help you find the best quotes in your area, consider using free quote services such as HomeAdvisor.com. This particular site can draw up quotes for you so that you don’t have to do the dirty work.
- If you have some home improvement experience, you may want to attempt the job on your own. Keep in mind that this type of job is only recommended for those that can make precise cuts and measurements.