Before fibrous plaster, the most commonly used technique for cornices involved solid lime and gypsum. Around the 19th century, that method was replaced with fibrous plaster, which is a more practical solution that involves soaking a lightweight construction of hessian (also known as jute scrim) in gypsum plaster, after which it is cast in a mould. This is later reinforced with timber laths and ribs that will later serve as a support when mounted on the wall.
Polyurethane is a synthetic material that is used for a variety of purposes. Many everyday products utilise it now, though its popularity hadn't reached a peak until World War II. The material is incredibly light, durable, and easy to use, which makes it perfect for use in mouldings. Poyurethane is an important ingredient of cornices and other architectural mouldings as it makes the process of moulding production much simpler and more streamlined.
Neither has a clear advantage over the other. Thus, there are a number of factors to consider before you make a choice. Factors like the building's history, your personal preference, the location of the moulding, and the entity expected to carry out the installation. Polyurethane cornices may be more durable and lightweight than fibrous plaster, but you it's impossible to achieve the same level of detail or ornamentation that fibrous plaster can provide.
Always take proper measurements first. Take into account the ceiling height, the room's surface area, the building's age, which will all help you determine what you need. If you're still in doubt after that assessment, we can always help you make the right decision with our expert advice. We'll help you choose something that is both appropriate for the home and in-line with your personal sensibilities.
You can contact us either by email or by phone. Whichever way you decide to go about it, you can count on our full cooperation. Tell us exactly what it is you're looking for and we'll get to work as soon as we can. You can take the measurements for yourself or we can take them for you.
Yes, once the mouldings are ready, they will be delivered directly to you. No need to come and pick them up personally - we'll take care of all the formalities!