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Plaster Coving Suppliers Kent

If you are looking for plaster coving suppliers in Kent then you are in the right place! Plasterite is both a manufacturer and supplier/installer of beautiful hand-made coving and cornice. We have a wide selection of decorative plaster mouldings for you to choose from, either by browsing our Product pages, requesting a brochure, or visiting our workshop in Ightham near Sevenoaks. Whether you are looking for a single length of plain curved coving or supply and fitment of an enriched plaster cornice with a design from the Victorian or Edwardian period, we have the knowledge and product range to help you find the perfect profile. Please contact us with your requirements.

What is plaster coving?

Plaster coving is a curved radius of fibrous plaster that is set in a mould to produce a length (typically 3 metres). Lengths of coving are fixed to the perimeter of a room’s ceiling to add a decorative touch. The chosen pattern or design usually corresponds to other decorative features in the room, such as that of a ceiling rose, frieze or panel moulding. 

Fibrous plaster is a form of decorative plasterwork composed of gypsum reinforced with man-made or naturally occurring fibres. In traditional fibrous plaster hessian scrim, woven from the stem of the jute plant, is used to add strength to castings. Most of our cornice is made from fibrous plaster, however we sometimes also use other materials, such as Jesmonite, where customers require a different surface finish.

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Victorian coving and other period styles

Decorative mouldings are often categorised and referred to by the time-period in which they are believed to originate from. Logically, if you own a property built in the nineteenth century, it would be reasonable to be searching for Victorian coving or cornice. The Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. The term ‘Victorian Coving’ can therefore cover a wide range of different designs, from smooth faced plain ridge to ornate and highly decorated coving featuring vine or leaf enrichments. The same logic applies to other periods of time classified by the then reigning monarch, which leads people to search for ‘Edwardian Coving’ and ‘Georgian Coving’, for example, in order to find the desired look for their property.

Over the years, we have attained a large selection of moulds in different styles dating back to the Georgian and Regency styles of the early 1800’s. Our experienced and skilled staff can advise you on the best products for your project and explore other options such as match-to-existing and bespoke moulds if required.

What’s the difference between coving and cornice?

Coving usually refers to a type of Cornice that is uniform in profile. Cornice is the generic term applied to mouldings designed to conceal the join between the wall and the ceiling. The preparation and fixing methods are the same for both.

Design styles and periods in history appeal to different people, so to choose between coving and cornice we recommend browsing our Product pages or visiting our workshop where we have a large range of designs to view and choose from, many of which are taken directly from period buildings dating back hundreds of years. Samples are also available by request.

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Plaster cornice restoration

At Plasterite we have lots of experience dealing with plaster cornice restoration. Heritage and listed buildings require care and knowledge in order to preserve existing décor and sympathetically renovate decorative enrichments. Our experts can offer no-obligation advice to building owners looking to safeguard and improve on period plaster features.

The most common method of plaster cornice restoration is to take an impression of existing mouldings (called a site squeeze), which then forms the basis of creating a mould back at our workshop. We can then cast new lengths of cornice and affix these to match existing. Our staff are also experienced in the process of providing ‘Peel Away’ – a method of removing layers of paint and grime from old plaster mouldings, to bring back the design detail and allow patch repairs if required.

Read more about cornice repair. 
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Exterior cornice repair

Cornice isn’t limited to appearing only on the insides of buildings. Exterior mouldings are a common sight on front door and entrance areas, windows with pediments or a façade with columns. Due to exposure to the elements discolouring and deterioration can occur over time leading to the need for exterior cornice repair. As experienced cornice manufacturers, Plasterite can advise you of the most effective ways to restore your building’s exterior décor, with spot repairs, match to existing or complete replacement using long lasting materials such as Jesmonite – an acrylic polymer modified, cement-based composite.

A design all of your own

Should you have a specific requirement, in dimensions or design, then we can help you create a bespoke coving moulding from scratch. It could be that an architect designs a profile for you and you need it manufactured to their specification, or you may not be able to find the size, pattern or drop you desire. In these cases we can work with you to model your bespoke coving and create a new mould. Our skilled staff have the ability and experience to guide you through this process and ensure you are supplied with plaster coving that is truly unique. 

Plaster coving Kent

Plasterite is one of the best plastering companies Kent has to offer. We specialise in quality fibrous plaster, including ceiling coving, and external cast stone mouldings. We work directly with home-owners to provide a friendly and efficient service where cornice repairs or redecoration are required, and likewise we have great relationships with local builders where new-build and renovation works require a sub-contractor to supply and fit decorative ceiling mouldings. 

What sets us apart from other plaster coving suppliers?

Plasterite was founded in 1976 by Allen Paterson and remains a family run business to this day. We can count almost 100 years of experience in the fibrous plastering industry between us and pride ourselves on being an approachable, helpful business that puts the customer first. If you need advice over the telephone or a site visit to help guide your decision making, please call us first!

We are proud to have helped many customers over the years, all from the South East area of England and counties including Kent, Sussex and Surrey. We also regularly serve most south London boroughs so you could say our service stretches from Kingston to the Kent coast! Our staff are available to visit your property to provide a free site survey prior to quotation, simply call or email us to book an appointment.