Benefits of Polished Plaster
Polished plaster is a wall finish made of slaked lime and marble dust. It has many benefits over some more traditional wall treatments, such as wallpaper or drywall. Originally most commonly seen on walls in Venice, Italy, during the late 16th century, Polished plaster has recently become one of the most frequently requested wall finishes on the market. Below are some of the benefits of polished plaster.
In addition, it is the easiest wall treatment to use on columns and in archways. Polished plaster is available in a vast array of colours and finishes. It can be matt, glossy, textured or smooth,resemble stone, granite, marble, leather or a multitude of natural and organic patterns to suit your design aesthetic. It is limited only by your imagination and the skill of the applicator.
Another benefit of polished plaster is one of the most versatile wall treatments available. It can be applied to almost any new or pre-existing interior wall or ceiling, including drywall, wood, tile, exterior wood and brick wall surfaces. It is also the easiest wall treatment to use on columns and in archways.
Polished plaster dries to a rock-like hardness, making it exceptionally durable. It resists shrinking and also has some flex to it, so it withstands impacts that could cause other wall finishes to crack. If there ever is an imperfection that needs to be patched, polished plaster can be repaired with little cost or effort since it won’t require replacing a larger section of the wall.
Easy to Maintain
Another benefit of polished plaster is that it is among the easiest wall finishes to maintain. It is distributed in a variety of pre-mixed pigments that last many years without fading. This makes it unnecessary to paint. It also wets and dries very quickly, so even exterior walls are almost effortless to clean. By allowing water vapour to permeate freely and water to evaporate easily, plaster avoids trapping moisture under the surface, which can be problematic with other finishes, such as vinyl.
Polished plaster is timeless and interchangeable. Even though the pre-mixed colouring eliminates the need to paint, polished plaster is an ultra smooth surface which lends itself easily to modifications. With very little preparation, you can easily transform a room from a nursery into a child’s or teen’s bedroom, or give your kitchen a quick face lift ,to always maintain a fresh appearance in your home.
Using polished plaster is one easy way to “go green.” The ingredients are all natural and non-toxic, and when applied in a two or three coat veneer, plaster provides an optimal indoor air quality. Lime is also naturally high in PH, so it automatically acts as an antibacterial surface, so it is naturally mould and mildew resistant which results in health benefits. Polished plaster will also have a positive impact on your energy costs, since it is applied in multiple layers of wood and cement board before the plaster is spread, it is an easy way to add layers of insulation to your home, making your heating and air conditioner more efficient. It is non-toxic and emits zero VOC’s.
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