We have added a brand new video to the website which aims to answer the most common queries we have from customers after their coving is delivered. In the video -- Mark, Plaster Ceiling Roses’ chief fitter -- explains the most common questions that we get asked about new plaster coving deliveries.
The questions he deals with are common mistakes made by people who do not have experience of fitting coving, and as a result they worry unnecessarily. The most common misunderstanding is that the ends of the lengths of coving are damaged. In reality, these just need to be cut square. All our coving is handmade and it is not possible -- nor do we try -- to have the ends perfectly square. One end has a loop of twine in it where we have hung the coving up to dry and each piece is longer than the nominal length quoted to allow for this trimming. This way, you have a clean straight joint when you start to fit the cornice.
Another issue Mark deals with is how to hold your coving. It must always be held and carried on its edge. If it's held flat, even in a full unopened pack, it’s unstable and will crack.
The video also explains how an experienced fitter will be able to deal with any small marks to the edge of the coving. These blemishes could have happened anywhere and have most likely occurred on site. Don’t worry! These are no problem and can be dealt with in seconds by your fitter at the same time the joints and the tops and bottoms of the coving are filled with casting plaster.
In summary, what may appear to be defects or problems to the inexperienced eye are actually nothing of the sort to an experienced fitter, and if the person you are employing to fit your coving raises any of the above concerns, you can be certain they do not have the necessary level of skill to fit your coving to a professional standard. You should consider finding somebody else and we may be able to help as we have a list of highly experienced fitters.
Fitting plaster cornice is similar to laying bricks in that anybody can have a go. A high degree of skill is needed to do it to a professional standard. Take a look at our range of installation videos to give you help and advice.
So if you are worried that either yourself or the person you had intended to fit your coving is unable to do so, please get in touch - contact us now.