FAQ's

Below are our most frequently asked questions, however if you need any help please call us on 0121 449 8525.

Form Icon Form Icon Beams & Other Antique Wood Effect Products

What are these products made from?

Our antique wood effect range is made from a polymer and resin mix. This is basically a solidified expanded foam material. It is lightweight, but solid to the touch.

Do they look authentic?

Yes. We have even had customers call us who have moved into a house and lived with the beams for a few years, only realising they weren’t real wood when they came to doing some renovation work. We use rubber moulds (rather than metals like a lot of other mouldings), as the rubber can reach into every nook and cranny to capture every detail of the original timbers. We then hand finish every item to give them a naturally inconsistent colour as close as is humanly possible to the real thing.

Can I see a sample?

Yes. We can send out small samples to give you a better idea of the product. You can also buy a larger section if needs be, the cost of which can subsequently be offset against an order.

 

How does their cost compare with wood?

Compared to genuine, salvaged antique oak, our beams are cheaper. Compared to modern oak it can vary, dependant upon the quality and market conditions for the oak. Installation costs should be considerably cheaper than wood.

Are your products load bearing?

No. They are purely decorative.

How easy are your products to install?

Being lightweight and easy to cut using simple woodworking tools they are relatively easy to install. Good DIY’ers and tradesmen should have little or no problem. Click here to view our installation page. They are certainly more easy to install than wood.

Can I install into humid areas like bathrooms?

Yes.

Where do you deliver to and how much does it cost?

We can deliver to anywhere in the UK, or indeed, worldwide. Delivery charges vary over time. To calculate your charge simply fill in a cart and the delivery charge will be displayed. Surcharges do apply to some longer lengths and to some areas. You will see the up to date list of surcharged postcode areas on each range page.

Is there a minimum order value?

No.

Form Icon Form Icon Columns & Pilasters

Can your columns and pilasters be used outside and inside?

Yes. Our columns, half columns and pilasters are water resistant, so can be used inside (including pool or spa areas) or outside. The only difference will be with the adhesives you will need to use and, of course, with any paint finish you choose.

Are your columns and pilasters load bearing?

No, but they can be used with additional support if there is any load bearing requirement. This means that they can be used in one of two ways:

1. When no structural support is required, purely as a decorative feature.

2. In conjunction with a structural support. In this instance the column, or more usually two half columns, would wrap around the structure that will hold any weight, like a steel or a wooden post. For each column we show the minimum internal diameter. Deduct 5mm from this measurement to allow for tolerance and you have the maximum diameter of any support structure that can be accommodated. Keep in mind that a square or rectangular support will be widest across it’s diagonal measurement, so it is this that needs to be less than the inner diameter of the column.

What are they made of?

Our columns are moulded in metal moulds from high density polyurethane. They are reinforced to be durable against the usual knocks and bumps that could be expected in the position they are used. The material itself looks just like plaster, both in terms of the texture and the quality of detailing in the mould.

How is this different from other materials I might consider?

Whilst our columns have the beauty of plaster, they are considerably easier to install and maintain than plaster. They are lightweight, easy to install using just adhesives, preprimed to need just one coat of paint (plaster can require several as it soaks paint up) and not brittle and therefore not prone to damage and chipping like plaster can be. Other common materials include grp and grg, but these tend to have a much rougher, to most eyes more ugly, finish to them. Like plaster they can also be heavier and more prone to chipping.

How are they made up?

Most columns and pilaster are made up from three sections; a capital at the top, the column itself and the plinth (or base) at the bottom.

Your height dimensions don’t match the height I require. How can I overcome this?

Columns are generally easy to reduce in size by cutting away from the base component and / or the shaft. You will notice on some of the photographs we show on the site that customers often mount our columns onto a base, which builds the height up to a point where our columns fit.

How are they installed?

Click here for installation instructions.

How quickly can you deliver?

Some columns are available in a matter of days. Others take a couple of weeks. You’ll find details of which are which on their range pages.

Form Icon Form Icon Plaster Effect Products

What are your products made from?

These ranges are made from polymers. High grade polymers are solidified expanded foams that are solid to the touch and designed to replicate the look and feel of plaster. Lower grade polymers are less dense and sometimes soft to the touch, like our budget polystyrene ranges. You will find details of which polymers are used on each range page.

How do your prices compare with alternatives?

We try to cover all price points across our range. Generally you get what you pay for. Compared to plaster it can vary quite significantly. Sometimes our product costs are much cheaper, sometimes not (sorry to be so vague). Where you should save against plaster is with installation though, as the material’s lightweight, durability, and ease of painting should result in a much quicker installation time.

Can I see a sample?

Yes. Samples are available for most cornice, railing and skirting options. Phone us on 0121 449 8525.

How easy are your products to install?

Much, much easier than plaster and easier than wood. You are unlikely to want to install plaster DIY because it’s heavy, brittle so prone to damage and creates a lot of dust. These products are light, durable with some flexibility and create no dust. Unlike wood and other materials, these products are durable and only need one coat of paint.

Can I install into humid areas like bathrooms?

Yes. All you will need is to order suitable adhesive and use suitable paint.

 

What if I don’t want to install them myself?

If you choose to call in a tradesman then you’ll be pleased to know that his time will reduce by up to two thirds because of the ease of installation, which will obviously reduce your bill.

Where do you deliver to and how much will it cost?

We can deliver anywhere. Our standard UK mainland delivery charge can vary over time – to establish the current charge simply add an item to the cart and the delivery charge will be displayed, or give us a call on 0121 449 8525.

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