It is very important to get the size of the cornice you intend to use just right as it will certainly have an effect on the appearance of the finished product. In general we would go with the following:
In rooms with ceilings up to 2.5m high (or 8′ 2 “) we would recommend using a style from our ‘Small’ range.
In rooms with ceilings between 2.5 and 2.8m (or 9′ 2″) we recommend using a style from our ‘Medium’ range.
In rooms with ceilings between 2.8m (or 9’2”) and 3.5m (or 11’5″) we recommend using a style from our ‘Large’ range.
In rooms with ceilings above 3.5m (or 11’5″) we recommend using a style from our ‘Extra Large Range’.
The use of plaster mouldings in any room will soften the angles between walls and ceilings and help to create a warmer more luxurious atmosphere. It also speaks of an ancient craft and the care and love you have for your home. On a practical level it can conceal the unsightly cracks we often get in modern homes at the ceiling lines.
Unfortunately there is a lot of dust, made worse by the fact that we scrape off the paint where the cornice sits on the wall and ceiling. While this process does add to the dust created on the job, it is required to ensure the cornice bonds firmly and will stay in place for generations. We do make a big effort to clean up the work space and leave it as we found it.
All our cornice is kiln dried so it can be painted after the adhesive and joint filling material has dried in, usually about one day is sufficient. The fact that the cornice is kiln dried ensures that there will be no shrinking or warping after installation thereby vastly reducing the risk of cracking.
Yes, we can, there is no moulding that we cannot reproduce an exact copy of, as long as we can get a sizeable piece of the original.
Reproduction and plaster restoration are a key part of our business and it is safe to say that there is no moulding that cannot be identically reproduced. The complexity of the moulding you wish to reproduce will determine the method used and the time it will take. Take a look at the Restoration page on our website and see the wonderful work that can be reproduced using a combination of age old methods, modern materials and time.
It depends to some extent on the complexity of the mould to be reproduced and how busy we are at that particular time, but in general we can do this within two to three weeks.
Water penetration at roofs and chimneys along with leaking plumbing is without any doubt the main cause of damage to plaster but it can all be repaired and generally the damage is localized so it may not be expensive to repair.