While both cellular PVC mouldings and wood mouldings have their benefits, PVC mouldings offer a more sustainable, long-lasting solution than wood can offer.
Wood trim moulding, while beautiful, is unfortunately more prone to damage and requires greater upkeep. Wood trim moulding is often used to provide visual detail to exterior structures, which are prone to unpredictable weather conditions like rain, snow, and hail. Wood mouldings are also prone to insects such as termites. As a result of their exposure to these elements, wood mouldings can rot, bow and decay rapidly. In order to keep their beauty and form, they require regular maintenance. This makes wood mouldings a costly alternative to cellular PVC mouldings.
Cellular PVC mouldings offer a more durable, weather-proof solution than wood mouldings offer. They do not require nearly as much maintenance, and keep their finish for years to come. In addition, PVC mouldings are much more cost-effective than wood mouldings. The costs of wood and preparing wood millwork are quite high and prices continue to rise. They also do not require nearly as much maintenance, so maintenance costs are greatly reduced. Wood mouldings are also not an environmentally sustainable option. Creating wood mouldings requires a steady supply of forests, but the number of forests available for use is rapidly depleting. PVC mouldings do not require deforestation since they are not made from wood. .
Since cellular PVC moulding lasts so long, the long term cost is less than wood mouldings while offering many of the same benefits. PVC mouldings can provide the beautiful look and finishes that wood has to offer, but without the disadvantages of wood mouldings such as increased maintenance.