Plaster Vs Plastic

With many cheaper alternatives to plaster coving available at most DIY stores we are often asked why plaster is better. Plaster coving is the only product that uses traditional techniques and specialist materials and this is why it is ideal for modern and traditional properties alike. It is particularly suited to period properties where materials sympathetic to the period of the house can make all the difference whereas in a modern property and contemporary style can be created with the longevity of real plaster.
When using plaster coving people are often worried about the weight, fragility or fitting of the coving so here is a little information to help you decide on your coving.
WEIGHT – It is true that plaster coving is heavier than the polystyrene or plastic alternatives and obviously the weight varies depending on the size you choose. A lot of weight in plaster coving comes from the water used in the manufacturing process. As the product starts to dry out it makes it lighter. With this in mind we keep a wide range of covings in stock that have been pre-made and dry out in our warehouse so that most, if not all, of the moisture has left the product when it gets to you. We always recommend that fitting of coving is at least a 2 person job due to the weight and also the lengths the coving comes in, though this is true of the cheaper materials also.

FRAGILITY – Plaster coving is a fragile item but most damage or breakages occur when correct carrying or storage guidance is not followed. Lengths of plaster coving should be carried horizontally, this prevents the coving from cracking under its own weights. For the same reason coving should be stored on a flat surface on its edge and where it cannot fall over. Our coving is delivered by trained handlers to minimise damage in transit. If damage does occur during transit or handling this is often simple to correct through the use of filler and does not affect the final finish of the product

FITTING – Using traditional methods and specialist materials does mean that fitting plaster coving is best done by specialist plasterers with experience of hanging similar products. We do have teams of fitters and prices are available on request but it is often better to source a local tradesmen. As a general rule fitting of plaster coving will cost more than the product itself, if you receive a quote below the purchase value of the product it may be worth clarifying the level of experience they have with plaster coving specifically as they may have only worked with the cheaper alternatives.

We do hope this brief guide helps you make an informed decision on your purchase but if you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact our experienced team by calling 01723 32111 or emailing where we will be more than happy to help

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