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Plastic v Plaster Coving & Cornice

So why hardened polyurethane (plastic) coving cornice and not plaster coving cornice? Read below. We have two collections of Coving & Cornice, Orac Axxent and Orac Luxxus. The product ranges can be explored by clicking an image below.

There are many advantages of hardened polyurethane coving cornice over plaster coving cornice, excepting that is, traditional perceptions. Hardened polyurethane coving cornice, which comes under the family of plastic coving cornice, has come a long way since the original introduction of polystyrene coving cornice. It is fair to say if the plastic coving cornice had been developed before plaster coving cornice it would be difficult to explain why plaster coving cornice should be used.

The proof of this can be seen particularly in Europe where the majority of builders now specify polyurethane coving cornice. Even more so, many of the exclusive worldwide developments use these plastic coving cornice products in restaurants and hotels like the Savoy, Hilton and Inter Continental chains.

Hardened polyurethane, polystyrene and plastic coving cornice is easy to install. Its low structural weight allows for easy handling and installation by one person and can be installed on any type of ceiling. Plastic coving cornice can be installed much faster requiring only adhesive, a saw and a mitre box. The hardened polyurethane coving cornice is tough, hard and difficult to break. Being a plastic coving cornice it will not crack and damage over time as plaster. The polyurethane and polystyrene coving cornice is supplied primed only requiring a final coat of paint for ease of finishing. Also being a plastic coving cornice it is completely impervious to moisture, a big advantage in bathrooms and kitchens, and can even used in an outside environment.

Plaster and Gypsum coving cornice by comparison is often unsuitable on lowered and plasterboard ceilings due to its weight. Plaster cornice coving requires two people to install and usually needs to be pinned. Installation of plaster and gyproc coving cornice is a heavy difficult job taking time and additional finishing. Plaster and gyproc cornice coving installation is a dirty job with considerable amounts of water and dust. Refurbishments with plaster cornice and coving are therefore problematic. The joints and lengths of plaster and gyproc cornice and coving develop cracks over time as a result of movement and aging. Both plaster and gyproc cornice coving are, by comparison to polyurethane, polystyrene plastic cornice coving, very absorbent requiring repeated coats of paint.

Additionally, within the plastic cornice coving range a flexi cornice coving is available. Curved plaster coving cornice requires an expert to install, but within the plastic cornice coving range a rubberised option allows for easy installation on curved walls and bays.

Plastic and polyurethane cornice coving is a quality product, but polystyrene coving cornice has a definite role. The surface is much improved and very smooth, and as for price and ease of installation a fantastic product. The polystyrene coving cornice is sold under Basixx and Vidella ranges.