Most of the time, crown mouldings are a combination of a quarter-round (convex) and a cove (concave). As a rule, the quarter-round section meets the ceiling, while the cove section meets the wall.
MDF stands for medium density fibreboard. It is a product made of wood fibres of medium density. Boards are made from hardwood and/or softwood residues and glue. MDF is widely used in the furniture and kitchen cabinet industries.
Yes. Only your imagination can limit how mouldings can be used. It all boils down to personal taste. Fashion-wise, the eclectic style has been gaining popularity in recent years. This trend is about mixing décor styles while aiming for one thing: visual harmony.
Wood is lighter, more stable, and easier to nail.
MDF is more affordable, which is a big plus when it comes to larger mouldings. However, if you are using thinner mouldings, any cost savings will be inconsequential. On the other hand, MDF mouldings might have a tendency to expand or contract under temperature fluctuations or changes in humidity. The joints between mouldings and between corners might also increase.
Whether you opt for wood or MDF, mouldings should be exposed to the room’s ambient temperature for 48 hours prior to installation. This will reduce the risk of expansion or contraction afterwards.
We recommend oil-based primer, although latex primer can also be used.
Embassy suspended ceiling
Our rails and anchors system ensures solidity and stability to your ceiling. If the rails seem difficult to insert into the main crossbars, you can apply pressure with your hand as you slide the rail into the groove. This will have the effect of slightly widening the fins.
We recommend using #8, 1-1/4 in. wood screws*. Two screws per anchor, one on each side, is enough.
*Note that screws are not included.
Yes. Here's how to make a drop ceiling in a few steps:
1. Create a wood structure surrounding the element to be covered.
2. Secure the anchors to the wood structure.
3. Glue the main crossbars together to get an inside and outside 90-degree angle.
4. Cut the panels and secondary crossbars so that they can be inserted vertically and horizontally between the main crossbars.
5. If desired, seal the joints of the main crossbars with sealant.
Installing an Embassy ceiling is considered a “weekend project.” However, actual installation time will depend on many factors:
• Your skill level
• The size of the area to cover
• Cutting constraints
• The number of people installing the ceiling*
*We recommend that at least two persons install the ceiling.
We recommend centeering your ceiling for aesthetics only. The structure will not be affected if your ceiling is off-centre.
• Table saw
• Mitre saw
• Chalk line
• Measuring tape
• Level (if needed)
• Step ladder
• #8, 1-¼" wood screws*
*Note that screws are not included.
Just as with MDF mouldings or wall coverings, Embassy ceiling components may experience expansion and contraction if exposed to temperature and humidity* variations. We recommend avoiding the installation of an Embassy ceiling in a place where it will be in contact with water.
*See the question on humidity impacts.
The recommended humidity level is between 45 and 55%. High humidity levels can cause ceilings components to move. We recommend avoiding fitting the panels too tightly along the walls. By leaving a gap between the crossbars and the panel, there will be enough space to accommodate for variations caused by moisture content fluctuations.
Embassy ceiling products can be installed in a bathroom. This material is not completely waterproof but still has a good tolerance to moisture when installed in damp rooms such as a bathroom, basement and / or cottage.
IMPORTANT: Always leave the materials in the room in which they will be installed for 48 hours prior to installation.
Embassy suspended ceilings have similar acoustic and soundproofing properties as gypsum.