Cornices and Coving
Many houses, especially period ones, have rooms containing decorative plasterwork known as cornices and coving. There is often some confusion between the two terms, but cornices are the mouldings used to hide the line between the walls and ceiling, while coving is a generic term used for any kind of plaster moulding. These features 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.
Most modern buildings don't contain coving because new plasterwork ideally shouldn't contain any cracks or joins if it is applied correctly. It has largely fallen out of favour as a style in many contemporary settings, but lots of people still choose to add it to their homes to create a traditional decorative look. In the past it was often made to order and crafted in situ, but now modern coving comes ready-made in a variety of pre-moulded shapes, from simplistic concave forms to more elaborate Egg and Dart styles. Although relatively easy to fit, it is necessary to ensure all lengths are straight and positioned correctly to avoid ending up with a wonky looking ceiling.
If you are considering installing cornices or coving, Plasterers Sheffield provide a full fitting service to the highest possible standards. If your house already has coving in place we are also able to renovate and repair any minor damage. Should you wish for a more modern style to your room we can also remove coving if it no longer fits in with your decor. We can also advise on the best styles and materials for your coving.
Plaster boards are large panels of gypsum plaster pressed between a facer and a backer. They are fitted to a wall to provide a flat even surface which is then given a skim finish. They have almost completely replaced the traditional lath and plaster method of finishing walls as it is much quicker and easier system to install. They are also often used in renovation work as a useful way to hide damage or to straighten up a wonky wall. They do not give quite as perfect a finish as traditional lath and plaster, but they require less skill and time and are often therefore cheaper to use. Much of the skill of plaster boarding lies in accurately joining each board together to form a smooth seamless surface. The quality of the jointing will have the biggest impact on the overall standard of the finished job.
This is a good option for new build properties or those undergoing complete renovation. Give Plasterers Sheffield a ring now for a no obligation quote.
Roughcasting / Pebbledash
Many people are familiar with roughcasting under its more 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 consists of a cement mixed with sand, gravel or pebbles to give a highly textured finish. It was extremely popular on houses during the 1970s and 80s and is generally considered to be outdated today, although like many styles from that period, it's beginning to make a comeback.
Plasterers Sheffield 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.
Plasterers Sheffield offer a full range of plastering services from repairing plaster dents and scratches, to a full refurbishment or new build project. If you would like to update or replace any of the plasterwork in or on your house then please give us a ring. 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.