Plaster Ceiling Panels and Its Advantages

Blog |January 29th, 2016

Prior to the 1950’s, plaster was the preferred medium of creating walls and ceilings that were beautifully textured or flawlessly smooth. Plaster was a popular medium of construction even before that, with historical sources stating that plaster had been in use for smoothing out interior masonry since the time of the Roman Empire, and possibly even earlier.

Somehow, plaster fell out of vogue well into the latter part of the 1960’s, chiefly due to the introduction of other materials that provided similar finishes, but requires less time and less ‘skillful’ means to prepare or apply. It was also during this time that the growing rise of health issues related to older building materials became household knowledge, and with this fear plaster slowly lost its elevated status as a first choice finishing material.

Nowadays, plaster is known as a very safe material. While it isn’t necessarily first in the line of choices for ceiling or panelling work, it most certainly hasn’t faded from the general realm of awareness, or even the broad range of options to choose from for interior decorating.

While people may agree that plaster is somewhat outdated, antiquated even, there is an undeniable charm to plaster work that is somewhat inimitable. It possesses a quiet elegance, and an old-world charm that is generally absent in most modern aesthetics. Because of this, there is a growing revival of interest in old-fashioned plasterwork, more so plaster ceiling panels.

The reason for this current, steady surge of interest in plaster work isn’t a mystery at all. Actually, it is an obvious testament to the fact that convenience can never trump good taste. Here are some advantages that plaster has to offer that makes it perfect for as plaster ceiling panels.

Advantages of Plaster Ceiling Panels

Superior workability – plaster can easily be tooled into a variety of textures. It is reputed for being capable of extreme smoothness or rich texture surface that most modern materials cannot perfectly emulate.

Mould-ability – plaster can easily be moulded into all sorts of simple or intricate shapes. Once dry, it is capable of holding its shape and has the added benefit of becoming harder as it ages, making it perfect for panelling, mouldings, cornices and other aesthetic flourishes that require durability, without sacrificing detail.

Light-weight nature – plaster is exceedingly lightweight and can be readily transported and installed with relative ease, often with very little need for serious manpower. This not only makes installation and transport cheaper, when compared to other panelling material, it also makes plaster accents possible for intricate detailed aesthetics.

If you’re looking for a great resource for plaster mouldings, panels, and other artful accents that reeks of class for your home, then visit us here at Hopkins Plaster Studio – specialists in custom classical and art deco-style plaster accents.

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