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At Architectural Elements®, we specialize in synthetic architectural materials. This page describes the various properties of these products, their positives and negatives, and what they're like to work with.

High Density Polyurethane mouldings are the industry's best alternative to traditional wood mouldings. It has the appearance of wood, yet it outperforms wood when it comes to water infiltration, paint adhesion, retention of joint and seam structure during seasonal changes and has overall lower costs of maintenance over time.
Features and Benefits of High Density Polyurethane

  • Does not rot, peel or decay
  • No seasonal movement
  • Comes pre-primed and ready to paint
  • Lightweight
  • Saves labor

Fire-Rated Polyurethane: We can provide some of our polyurethane mouldings in Class 1 (A) fire-rated foam with a flame spread of 20 and smoke developed of less than 450. To see which products are available, please use our Refine Search option.
Please note: Products made in this material are available by special order only and not eligible for quick ship.

PVC is also a good alternative to wood millwork products. It is extremely durable, resists moisture, and is low maintenance. PVC can be used as an interior or exterior application, although due to the manufacturing process, it is limited to more basic shapes, designs and sizes.
Features and Benefits of PVC

  • Moisture resistant – will not rot, peel, or decay
  • Won't break down when exposed to UV rays
  • Similar density to oak
  • Must be painted with 100% latex paint that has a light reflective value (LVC) of 38% or higher
  • Less expensive than wood in cost comparison over time