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How Do I Choose the Best Foam Cornice?

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To choose the best foam cornice for a home or commercial project, buyers should evaluate not only the materials, but the ease of use, time needed for installation, and other key aspects of value for these decorative items. The cornice generally consists of a rail or horizontal element that runs around the top of a window. The simplest cornice designs are basic “C” shapes with two short protruding ends and a full bar that stands out from the top of the window trim. Durability, price, and overall quality are most important elements of choosing the optimal products.

In ordering foam cornice models, buyers should know about what kind of density and texture the foam has. Buyers should also consider what the foam is mounted to. Simple plywood can be a sturdy and cost effective option. Some inferior products may not have sufficiently sturdy backing, which will hurt the overall longevity of these installations. It’s good to consider whether the cornice will stand up to the pressure of a given home or commercial environment.

Some foam cornices come in easy to install cornice kits. For buyers who don’t have a lot of time to build their own designs, these can be the best options. For others, a kit can be too restrictive, and some lower quality kits cause frustration if the directions are not easy to follow. It can be helpful to ask a seller about how good the directions are, and about estimated build time, before buying.

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It’s also important for buyers to consider what will be covering the foam cornice, and how well it will show off the window. Superior materials will resist ripping, and provide a lush, attractive veneer. Inferior products that don’t fit the foam pieces can end up looking bad when installed. It’s critical to look at whether the installation method will leave pieces of the cornice looking lumpy or otherwise uneven.

Along with structural considerations, buyers need to look at decorative aspects of foam cornice kits and items. Color scheme is an important consideration. The cornice should compliment the color scheme of exiting furnishings in a room or space. The patterns of the cornice veneer should also work with existing schemes.

When selecting the best foam cornice products, buyers can address whether the products have a warranty. Warranties and guarantees help to assure that the buyer will get what he or she is paying for in cornices and window dressings. Without these guarantees, trouble with malfunctioning or useless products can cost buyers a lot of money.

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