CX100 ‘Calm’ coving2m x 6.9cm (H) x 7.1cm (P)From: £13.18 (Incl. VAT : £15.82 )Select options
CX100 ‘Calm’ mitred corners20-25 cm piecesFrom: £15.99 (Incl. VAT : £19.19 )Select options
CX101 ‘Calm’ – egg and dart2m (L) x 6.9cm (H) x 7.1cm (P)£20.70 (Incl. VAT : £24.84 )Add to basket
CX106 ‘Charisma’ coving2m (L) x 11.7cm (H) x 11.8cm (P)From: £20.80 (Incl. VAT : £24.96 )Select options
CX106 ‘Charisma’ mitred corners20-25 cm piecesFrom: £18.99 (Incl. VAT : £22.79 )Select options
CX107 ‘Dentil’ coving2m (L) x 11.8cm (H) x 11.7cm (P)£31.58 (Incl. VAT : £37.90 )Add to basket
CX108 ‘Serenity’ coving2m (L) x 5.4cm (H) x 5.5cm (P)£12.90 (Incl. VAT : £15.48 )Add to basket
CX109 ‘Scope’ coving2m (L) x 4.4cm (H) x 4.4cm (P)From: £8.48 (Incl. VAT : £10.18 )Select options
CX110 ‘Flow’ coving2m x 4.5cm (H) x 4.1cm (P)From: £9.92 (Incl. VAT : £11.90 )Select options
CX111 ‘Feisty’ coving2m (L) x 2.6cm (H) x 1.5cm (P)£5.40 (Incl. VAT : £6.48 )Add to basket
CX112 ‘Dynamic’ coving2m (L) x 5.4cm (H) x 3.8cm (P)£12.14 (Incl. VAT : £14.57 )Add to basket
CX115 ‘MicroScope’ coving2m (L) x 3cm (H) x 2.9cm (P)£6.06 (Incl. VAT : £7.27 )Add to basket
“L” = Length/span
“H” = max Height/Drop (i.e. down the wall from the ceiling) in cm
“P” = max Projection (i.e. the measurement across the ceiling from the wall) in cm
Quite frankly it is pretty much the same thing. But whilst not an absolute rule, coving is the term that is often applied to a ceiling moulding that is generally uniform in profile, projecting across the ceiling roughly the same distance as the drop down the wall (so it could be 10cm x 10cm for example). Generally speaking, it is simpler in design and is typically (though not always) formed around the traditional quarter-circle ‘C’ profile.
Coving profiles tend to come in different sizes, the most common of which is the 5” (127mm) cove. This measurement often causes confusion – it refers to a straight line drawn across the diagonal from wall to ceiling (not the height or projection of the coving, which – for the 127mm cove – is actually 80mm x 80mm).
Most house builders in the post-war period installed this plain cove because it was simple and effective – and very cheap to make. It is still probably the most common coving in Britain.
Cornice on the other hand often tends to be more ornate and is less uniform dimensionally (though it could potentially still have the same projection and drop). So a piece could be 150mm across the ceiling but only 100mm down the wall (or vice versa). The shape of a cornice can also be very complex indeed, with different curves and flats. There have been numerous designs and patterns reflecting the changing architectural fashions of the time.
Sideprofile diagram of example Coving and Cornice profiles:
Traditional plaster decorative coving and cornice
Plaster (often using lime and hessian backing) is traditionally the manufacturing material. However, the inherent problem with plaster is that it is both extremely heavy and fragile. Problems would occur when hanging this weight from the ceiling. Any subsequent movement in the wall or ceiling often meant unsightly cracks would appear, and – at worse – sections falling off. The 1970’s ‘solution’ was polystyrene which, whilst cheap and easy to install, was visually inferior and proved unpopular.
Modern coving materials
Technology has improved dramatically since then and the industry standard material is now hardened polyurethane. This has the visual beauty of plaster coving but without the inherent disadvantages. It is best described as being like ‘light wood’. A nice clean and sharp edge is achieved by cutting with a standard medium tooth cross-cut saw or alternatively an electric mitre or ‘chop’ saw.
Joins can be made virtually invisible using a small amount of Decofix Extra joint adhesive, and a final finish of paint.
Installation benefits of hardened polyurethane/duropolymer mouldings
The lightweight nature of this material means that adhesive is all that is required in order to fit to the wall – no screws are necessary. An undercoat/primer is also already applied so it is ready to be painted with a final finish coat. And the final look? The same as plaster cornice but without the anguish and frustration.
If you need any further advice we are very happy to discuss your requirements with you – please call us on 020 8660 2854
You can also see our Coving Installation “how to” videos on our YouTube channel.
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