Debunking Plaster Moulding Myths

Blog |February 14th, 2020

When eliminating joints, seams, and other types of defects, property owners would opt to place mouldings around these defects. With mouldings, the defects that are usually found between and around the meeting points of the wall and the ceiling are covered beautifully. Without some sort of protection, the defects would end up damaging a huge chunk of the wall and ceiling, and can cause further deterioration of your home.

Mouldings can be made from wood or plaster. Modern synthetic options are also available when it comes to creating mouldings. However, one of the most sought out material for mouldings are plaster since it has some features that makes it unique. Plus, plasters have been around for a long time now.

One good thing about plasters is that they can be moulded and sculpted on the involved side to eliminate all types of defects. Plasters would fill these defects that would eventually create a seamless look. Applying plasters is also easy. The installer of the plasters has to only wet the area, install slurry of plaster, and let it dry and cure.

The existence of plaster mouldings for a long time does not save it from criticisms and myths. Some of these myths even helped other types of mouldings from excelling the most in sales compared to the plaster mouldings.

Plasters are Fragile and Hard to Install

Some people believe that plaster mouldings has weak overall structure and composition. Some may even say that plaster mouldings are hard to install. With various applications and studies, plaster mouldings are proven to be durable. They can even be installed easily with the use of standard carpentry tools.

Plaster mouldings are made out of moulding plaster, water, and a reinforcing material. When manufacturing and installing plaster, they are initially filled with water that is followed by the application of reinforcing material. The reinforcing material helps the plaster moulding become durable and lightweight. A final layer of plaster is applied to the reinforcement so that the materials are encased within the plaster.

Plasters are Heavy

Another myth that revolves around plaster mouldings is that they are heavy. Plaster can get heavy than a resin or foam products. However, a huge percentage of a plaster moulding’s initial weight comes from the water. Once the curing is done, the water found on plasters moulding will evaporate. As the water evaporates, the weight of the plaster moulding will decrease significantly.

Moreover, the use of reinforcing materials can help the plaster mouldings become lightweight. Through hollowing out the backside of the plaster moulding, its weight would become light together with the use of reinforcements.

So, plaster mouldings being fragile and heavy are not totally true considering that people nowadays would want to use them again.  If you want to know more about plaster mouldings, we can tell you more at Hopkins Plaster Studio Melbourne.

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