Polished plaster is popular for a number of reasons; aside from looking stunning, it is also incredibly durable and hard-wearing. It also embodies superior mechanical resistance, with its functional qualities only improving with time. The durability of the product will save you having to re-apply it later down the line, which can only mean good things for your budget.
It can also prove extremely versatile, offering great flexibility and high filling power, making it easy to apply. What’s more, luckily for those with historical building structures, the process is highly compatible with even the most ancient of materials – it was even used as a decorative building material as far back as the Roman times.
Not only is it ductile, long-lasting and aesthetically beautiful – but the materials used in the compound are usually healthy and hygienic, too. Polished plaster contains less chemical content than any other decorative application, making it far superior to traditional methods. It is also renowned for the absence of volatile organic compounds in its make-up.
The best applications will be comprised of certified raw materials that have been processed with full respect of their environmental impact. For this reason, it’s important that you do your research and seek out an eco-friendly supplier. Look for one that uses mainly reclaimed materials (such as marble dust and sawdust) in the manufacture of their products.
A good rule of thumb is that companies who are at least 99% green are the most environmentally responsible. Polished plaster should be VOC-free and fully recyclable. It’s important to remember that this focus on the ecological responsibility of our decorating materials not only has an impact on the world around us, but also our health.
Because of its reliance on natural materials, polished plaster is one of the most breathable, dehumidifying applications on the interior market. This means it is perfectly safe and healthy for both our respiratory systems and our overall health. If you’re extra environmentally conscious, you can buy through a company who use recycled packing materials, too.
The best options on the market should also be non-flammable and non-combustible to ensure they meet UK health and safety requirements. The materials are generally antibacterial, too, providing a hostile environment that discourages the growth of mould and bacteria. All of this is due to the high alkalinity of lime in its make-up, which means great things for your kitchen.
When it comes to finishes, you have a wide range of choices – including different colors and decorative designs. Most suppliers will give a sample of their colour options on their website. Alternatively, the company you choose may be able to send you real samples in the post so that you can get an idea as to the texture of the applications, too.
Colour options tend to be vast, so it’s a good idea to consider your options carefully. If you’re not sure which one to choose, why not see if your supplier can offer you a colour matching service? Most of these companies will have experienced designers on hand to help you pick out the best option for your interior.
As well as different colour options, you may find yourself having to choose from a variety of decorative finishes. Again, it’s a good idea to consult a designer if you’re unsure how you want your application to look.