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Cornwall Plasterers give a brief overview on the history of Plaster.


The process of plastering is simply a house construction technique involving the application of plaster to walls and ceilings. The exterior plasterwork of a building is usually known as Stucco and has a different composition than standard plaster. This term is loosely applied to various kinds of plasterwork, both exterior and interior. It now commonly refers to a plaster or cement used for the external coating of buildings, most frequently employed in Mediterranean countries.

Plaster was first used by the Egyptians as a surface to receive colour decorations and artwork and also by the Greeks. The Romans used plaster extensively, especially at Pompeii, where still today many ceilings and walls are covered with beautiful relief ornamentation, of a fine yet hard plaster. Italian Renaissance artists imitated this Roman work, and relief ornament in plaster was employed in England for the rich ceilings and interiors of the reigns of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and James I. In the United States many fine ornamented plaster ceilings were executed in the 18th century.

Interior plastering is applied over a base that will furnish a proper grip—by means of interstices provided by wood lath or metal lath or by irregularities of surface such as in hollow tile. To secure best results three successive coats of plaster are needed in most types of work. The first, or scratch, coat, composed of sand and lime mixed with hair or fibre, must be thoroughly grounded into the lath and before it hardens is scratched to provide key, or adhesion, for the next coat. The second, called the floating coat in Great Britain, is composed of sand and lime, without hair, and is worked to a hard, compact texture, with its surface roughened to receive the final coat. The third, or white, finishing coat is composed of plaster of paris, slaked lime, and white sand, mixed with water to form a paste. It is troweled on the wall to form a hard, smooth surface, the process requiring a skilled worker. Moldings, cornices, and relief ornament are cast separately and then mounted into place. In former times ornamental details were molded in their location, from the damp plaster. Often substituted for plastered walls is plasterboard, a prefabricated material composed of paperboard and gypsum.

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Plaster and Decorative Mouldings Make a Room- Cornwall Specialists give a brief description of the types of Mouldings available.

Mouldings are the architectural details trimming floors, ceilings, windows and doorways, softening the harsh corners and embellishing the angles of the places where we live.

Master plasterers in earlier centuries created exquisite confections for the royal and the rich. And while plaster mouldings can still be custom-made or purchased from stock, the stuff of mouldings today includes plastic and fibreglass. Much of it comes pre-finished and ready to paint without sanding or priming.

There are many choices of Plaster Decorative mouldings available, running from plain to positively baroque. Styles include Greek, Colonial, Victorian, Empire, Gothic, oriental, even art deco which are made to complement virtually any style of home decor.

Here are some moulding basics to add the finishging touches to your home:

  • Floor trims—Base mouldings are the finishing touch along the edges of our rooms, applied where floor meets wall. They are both decorative and protective, preventing vacuums and other cleaning tools from marring the wall. They can be used singly or applied in combination for a more elaborate look.
  • Ceiling trims—These mouldings are applied where wall meets ceiling, adding interest and masking irregularities in the room’s lines. Molding is a painter’s or wallpaperer’s best friend, covering any ceiling level mishaps.
  • Crown or cornice mouldings can be simple or quite elaborate. They can be plain or richly carved and can be used alone or in conjunction with other mouldings to provide a deep header along the top of the room.
Architectural Mouldings provide a traditional plaster lookalike detail created in less time than traditional hand plastered moulds. They can be fabricated in many shapes and sizes, and once sprayed, the lightweight pieces are easily positioned in place and secured without the need for heavy lifting equipment. For enhanced aesthetic appeal, these moulds can simply be painted or rendered without any priming needed.

Architectural Mouldings are designed to provide enhanced resistance to environmental degradation and vermin attack for exterior walls of residential and commercial buildings.


 
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