Common Causes of Ornamental Plaster Moulding Damage

Blog |August 6th, 2019

Plaster moulding is a very old art form that has survived up to this day and age. For example, the highly decorative ornamental plaster moulding of the 16th century architecture is still prized by many people today, as is evident by its wide use in interior and exterior architecture designs today.

With the amazing decorative details and artistic designs that are possible, it is surprising that the process of making plaster moulding is actually quite simple. However, to be able to replicate and reproduce historic plaster mouldings takes the skill of experienced plaster experts, such as those at Hopkins Plaster Studio.

Today, the basic process of making ornamental plaster moulding is nearly unchanged; it is tedious and time-consuming work that produces amazing results. While plaster is a very durable material, over time and under certain circumstances and situations, restoration of ornamental plaster moulding becomes necessary.

Common Reasons Why Ornamental Plaster Moulding Become Damaged

Often during preservation efforts of historic buildings, or in renovation work in buildings that have decorative plaster moulding, restoring ornamental plaster moulding is required for a number of reasons. Over years and under various environmental circumstances, plaster moulding can become damaged. A few of the most common causes of ornamental plaster moulding damage are listed below:

Weak plaster mix – whether it is recent ornamental plaster moulding, or old plaster moulding, poor or weak plaster mix will be more likely to deteriorate prematurely and not last as long under certain environmental conditions, such as in coastal areas with the constant presence of moisture.

Poor craftsmanship – mixing and installing ornamental plaster moulding correctly is a developed skill. Improper application and mounting of plaster moulding, especially if there is a weak plaster mix, can later cause moulding to crack or fall.

Constant exposure to moisture – moisture or water exposure is a very common cause of ornamental plaster moulding damage, resulting in the peeling and discolouration of plaster.

The shifting of buildings – over time building can shift, especially in areas where seismic activity is common. When buildings shift and settle, plaster mouldings can crack and split.

In most cases, damage to ornamental plaster moulding can’t be averted. So, when it comes to renovating or restoring ornamental plaster mouldings, finding a reliable plaster restoration service – Hopkins Plaster Studio – is the best solution.

If you are involved in the restoration of a historic building or restoration work that requires repairing, replacing, or replicating ornamental plaster moulding, then contact Hopkins Plaster Studio Melbourne – specialists in ornamental plaster mouldings.

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