Category Archives: Architectural Shapes

Decorative Crown Molding »

1.8 lb Virgin EPS was wire cut to create 6 different decorative crown molding profiles for this Buddhist Monastery in Wappinger Falls, NY. The moldings were hand painted and some decals were added. EPS in densities ranging from .9 lb to 1.8 lb per cubic foot are used to create an infinite number of architectural profiles and moldings including crown molding, columns with caps and bases, parapet caps and cornices. EPS Moldings are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam Moldings).

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Large Crown Molding »

Large Crown Molding

The Project
Our customer needed to create large “built-up” crown molding that could be installed on the wall to be used as shelves. They did not want the weight of wood molding and had a limited budget. The contacted Universal to see about using expanded polystyrene (EPS) for the crown molding. EPS molding is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam molding.

The Problem
EPS has texture, and even when coated with various hard coat products, the surface textures continue be there although not quite as defined as the unfinished material. Other concerns the customer had were the strength of the material and how they would be able to install it on the wall.

The Solution
Universal Foam Products worked with the customer to finalize the design of the crown molding. The molding was wire cut from .9 lb Virgin EPS. The molding was then coated with ready mix drywall compound that was slightly watered down to create a consistency just thin enough that it could be brushed onto the EPS instead of needing to be troweled on. The compound was allowed to dry overnight and then sanded with both 150 and 220 grit fine sand paper to a perfectly smooth finish. The trim was then painted with one coat of latex semi-gloss paint. After the paint dried the crown molding was ready for installation.
A single strip of Incrediseal ¾” x 1/32” double stick foam construction tape placed across the center of the back of the trim. Two lines of “foam compatible” construction adhesive were applied above and below the tape to the back of the molding also. The trim was then pressed firmly to the wall. The purpose of the tape, in this application, is to hold the molding in place until the construction adhesive has time to set-up.
The finished product looks exactly like wood crown molding at a small fraction of the weight of wood.

Additional Benefits of EPS Architectural Moldings by Universal Foam Products
EPS is used for a variety of architectural moldings including crown molding, columns, capitals and bases, dental molding, balustrades, brackets and parapet caps. It can be finished smooth to look like painted wood or coated with a cementitious coating to look like concrete. Lightweight and easy to install, it is an excellent alternative to wood, plaster and concrete architectural shapes offering substantial cost savings as well.

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EPS Architectural Shapes »

EPS Architectural Shapes

EPS architectural moldings and trim are lightweight and easy to install and finish. These photos show EPS creating a beamed ceiling effect in a Ruth’s Chris Steak House renovation project. The EPS can be precut to shape or fabricated in layers on site. It is typically installed using water based adhesives along with 2 sided tape available from Universal Foam Products. The tape holds the foam in place allowing the adhesive time to set up. The trim is then spackled, sanded and painted. The finished product looks exactly like any high quality wood molding, but at a fraction of the cost. For this project, hundreds of pieces of .9 lb density expanded polystyrene were used in both flat stock as well as precut shapes to create the finished project.

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Expanded Polystyrene Molding »

81 lineal feet of .9lb Virgin EPS molding was used to replace damaged molding on this building in Branford, CT 06405. Universal created the new molding from a sample provided by the contractor. The coating is a standard EIFS finish that is applied on site after installation of the expanded polystyrene molding.

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Kevin Baker
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Crown Molding made from High Density EPS Foam »

A customer located in Yukon, OK 73099 installed Crown Molding made from High Density EPS Foam. This foam is smooth, easy to install, ready to paint and very light weight. The molding is attached to the wall or ceiling with painters caulk and no nails are needed. The 3-1/2” crown molding is under $1.75 a linear foot and that includes shipping to most places in the United States. A variety of styles and sizes as well as custom flexible molding is available.
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Kevin Baker
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Expanded Polystyrene Shapes & Columns »

The Greek Restaurant in Austin TX
"AGORA" letter done with EPS
EPS was designed to match Greek Doric Columns
 

The Greek Restaurant in Austin TX upgraded their entrance with expanded polystyrene shapes. The EPS was designed to match Greek Doric columns with caps and base, Metope, Triglyths, Fascia and Cornices. Also the “AGORA” letter were done with EPS

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Erich Ferg
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Parapet design extension with crown molding »

AT & T store in Texas
AT & T store before picture
Parapet Design
 

When Precept Alliance Partners needed to raise the parapet on this AT&T store in Texas they came to Universal Foam Products to help with a solution. We worked with the contractor to design a parapet extension with crown molding to slip over top of the existing parapet after the original crown molding was removed. The new architectural piece made of 1.5 lb Virgin EPS raised the parapet 24″ allowing for more space for the AT&T sign. The contractor finished the EPS with EIFS coating. Everyone was happy with the results.

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Les Rush
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3lb Expanded Polystyrene for Church Steeples »

19th Century Church in Philadelphia, PA.
EPS used for Steeples.
 

Jamison Masonry contacted Universal Foam for an interesting project that was to match three other steeples on an 19th century church north of Philadelphia PA. We used a 3LB virgin EPS for the shapes due to high winds and weather conditions. Jamison Masonry and members of this long established church were very pleased with the finished product.

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Erich Ferg
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