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Which Coving Material is Right for You?

Which Coving Material is Right for You?

Coving is a decorative moulding that is used to create a finished look between walls and ceilings. It is available in a variety of materials, usually high and low grade polymers, as well as plaster and wood.

Plaster coving is the traditional option, but it can be cumbersome to transport, challenging to fit, and heavy. As well as taking a long time to fit, is also more prone to chipping and absorbs more paint. However, it can be custom-made to create an original design or adapted to match in with existing mouldings. 

Wooden Coving is occasionally used, often for traditional homes, and like plaster, it can be heavy challenging to fit. Also, as it is a natural materiel, it is prone to warping, flexing, or bending over time as well as being vulnerable to rotting, damp, woodworm, and termite damage.

Low grade polymer coving is a lightweight and easy-to-install option that is less prone to chipping than plaster coving, for a much easier install. It is the most cost effective of materials, making it a viable choice for budget-minded homeowners. However, it is not customizable like plaster coving, and is not as easy to fit or as finely finished as the more premium high grade polymer coving.

High grade polymer coving is a more durable option than low grade polymer coving. Some profiles are available as flexible profiles, making it an excellent choice for curved walls or ceilings, and when installed, high grade polymer looks almost indistinguishable to original plaster. Although some profiles may be more expensive than plaster or low grade polymer coving per meter, it takes half the time to fit compared to plaster, so if you are using the services of a professional, they will be able to install quicker saving you money.

Material Cost per metre Durability Detail of Definition Customization Time and Effort to Install
Plaster Medium-Low Medium-Low Medium High High
Low Grade Polymers Low Medium-Low Medium-Low Low Low
High Grade Polymers Medium High High Low Low
Wood Medium-High Medium-Low Low Medium High


Here are five factors to consider when choosing the right coving material:

Your preferences: Do you prefer a lightweight, cost effective, and easy-to-install coving, or a more durable coving with flexible variations and a premium finish?

The type of room you are decorating: If you are decorating a bathroom or kitchen, you will need a coving material that is moisture resistant when painted, and not susceptible to damage in damp environments.

Your budget: Low grade polymer coving is the most cost-effective option, while plaster coving works out more expensive to fit.

Your DIY skills: If you are planning to install the coving yourself, its best to choose a material that is easy to install. 

Your customization needs: If you want a coving that is custom-made to your exact specifications, then plaster is the best option.

Cornice can add significant value to a property, and the investment is often recouped several times over when selling. A house with tasteful decoration and a real wow factor can sell three times faster than those without.

It is also worth considering the size of the cornice for the room; Generally speaking, larger rooms with taller ceiling suit larger cornices better, and smaller rooms suit smaller cornice/coving. has coving and cornice available in a variety of sizes, so you can choose one that best fits your home.Which Coving Material is Right for You?

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