Cornices and Coving
Many houses, particularly older ones, contain decorative plasterwork in the form of cornices and coving. There can be some confusion between the two terms; cornices are the mouldings used to hide the line between walls and ceilings, and coving is a generic term used for any kind of decorative plaster moulding. Features like these not only enhance the look of a room, but they also provide a useful means of hiding any visible joins or imperfections in the underlying plaster.
Cornices and coving aren't generally found in most modern buildings as they are often regarded as a feature of period style rooms rather than present-day ones. Also, new plasterwork shouldn't contain any cracks or joins if it is applied correctly and the need to hide such problems is rarely needed. Cornices and coving have therefore largely fallen out of favour as a style in many contemporary settings, but lots of people still choose to add them to their homes to create a traditional style decorative look. For high status houses in the past they were often made to order and crafted on site, but modern cornices and coving come prepared in a variety of pre-moulded shapes, from simplistic concave forms to more elaborate Egg and Dart styles. Although relatively simple to fit, it is necessary to ensure all sections are flush and positioned correctly to avoid ending up with wonky looking ceilings or surrounds.
If you are thinking about installing cornices or coving, Plastering Doncaster provide a full fitting service to the highest possible standards. We can also advise on the best styles and materials to choose. If your home already has cornices or coving we are able to renovate and repair any minor damage. Should you wish for a more modern style to your room we can also remove mouldings if they no longer fit in with your designs.
Plaster boards are large panels of gypsum plaster pressed between a facer panel and a backer panel. They are fitted to a wall to provide a flat even surface which is then given a skim finish. Plasterboarding is much quicker and easier to install than the traditional lath and plaster method of finishing walls and has largely replaced it in recent years. Plasterboards are also used for renovation work as a useful way to hide damage or to level up an old wonky wall. It is arguable that they don't give quite as perfect a finish as traditional lath and plaster, but the difference is negligible. They require less skill and time and are much cheaper to use. The main difficulties arise when trying to accurately joining each board together to form a smooth seamless surface. The quality of this jointing will have the biggest impact on the overall standard of the finished job.
This is a good option for both new build properties or for those undergoing complete renovation. Give Plastering Doncaster a ring now for a no obligation quote.
Roughcasting / Pebbledash
You are probably more familiar with roughcasting under its common name of pebbledash. This is a coarse plaster render used on exterior walls as a cheap, durable and hard-wearing barrier against weather extremes. It is made up of cement mixed with sand, gravel or pebbles to give a highly textured finish and was extremely popular on houses during the 1970s and 80s. It is generally considered to be outdated today, but like many styles from that period, it's beginning to make a gradual comeback.
Plastering Doncaster provide a full roughcasting service and also offer solutions for those wishing to get rid of existing pebbledash from their houses. We supply and install new textured wall coatings which can hide old and damaged pebbledash replacing it with a smooth modern finish. Give us a call on the number above or use our contact form to get in touch and let's discuss our options with you.
Plastering Doncaster offer a full range of both interior and exterior plastering services from repairing dents and scratches, to a full refurbishment or new build project. If you would like to update or replace any of the plasterwork in your house then please give us a ring now. We can advise you on a full range of options and even suggest ways to improve or alter your existing walls and ceilings to create a more contemporary look. All of our quotes are free and there is no obligation to buy. Call the number at the top of the page or get in touch using our contact form.