Lightweight decorative mouldings can transform existing or new buildings without any structural interventions. They’re a sought after solution for both residential new builds and character homes, but it is perhaps in commercial settings where their benefit has both a visual and a safety appeal.
“Because we can exactly replicate historical detailing of any size or shape with material that is indistinguishable from the original, these sorts of decorative moulds are particularly favoured,” Accumen Shapes’ Josh Mainwaring says. “Because they’re lightweight, they also reduce the risk of injury in a seismic event.”
Made of kiln dried polystyrene coated in plaster or lightweight concrete, decorative mouldings are a convenient and cost efficient way to either restore older buildings or create an added visual appeal to new ones. “Their lightweight nature means they’re easy to install – much more so than traditional stone and mortar,” Josh says.
“What we often see is that architects will specify decorative elements at the beginning of a project, but it’s just as common to have them specified at later stages and this doesn’t create any issues because they are only decorative and require no structural intervention.”