Pure handicraftOur company has its roots in French plasterwork, and, therefore, all of the materials we use also come from France. The plaster we use is Plaster of Paris, which is classified as the purest plaster in the world. All of our plaster elements are handmade.
Organically madeA plaster element – plaster borders, recess in the wall or dome – always consists of three raw materials: water, plaster and sisal fibres. This completely natural combination enables the creation of durable and versatile constructions. Water, plaster and sisal fibre go hand in hand through almost every stage of the working process.
Why plaster?Plaster has been used for hundreds of years in building and interior decoration. There are several reasons why to choose plaster.
Here are a few of them:
Here are a few of them:
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Frequently asked questions
- At what stage in the construction should the plaster work take place?
Depending on the location, plaster work should often be installed at the point when the HVAC work is carried out. If power outlets are to be integrated into skirting boards, they should be installed, if water or electric wires are to pass behind skirting boards, they should also be fitted. Prior to the installation of suspended ceilings, it is recommended that all of the technology is already ready. Before the installation of door mountings, note should be taken that light switches are located in the correct places. The surfaces of walls and ceilings should be covered, at most, by a base paint.
- Can copies of old plaster decorations be made?
Yes. Kipsi Helsinki can make, for example, copies of roof decorations or mouldings, these are then moulded into new replicate products, after which they can be installed and finished.
- Can plaster be used to make objects or furniture?
Plaster can be used to make anything whatsoever, such as, for example, lighting, shelves and other furniture.
- Can plaster decorations be connected to technology, such as electricity?
Fibre reinforced plaster elements are about 15mm thick, and often, a space remains beneath the plaster for the placement of ventilation, electricity or water pipes etc. Lighting, sound, and air-conditioning equipment can very easily be integrated into plaster elements.
- Can plaster work be ordered as a post installation in a finished home?
Plaster works should always be carried out during the construction phases, but they can also be performed as post installations. This requires very good protection of the walls, floors and furniture.
- Can the customer carry out, for example, the installation of ceiling mountings, themselves?
The customer can carry out the installation of plaster decorations themselves, but the use of a professional is recommended. Kipsi Helsinki can, however, provide the necessary instructions for self-installation.
- Does plaster age and how long does it remain suitable?
Plaster is an everlasting material, it does not expire. When used in exteriors, plaster may, however, be more vulnerable, due to temperature and humidity fluctuations.
- How is plaster treated?
After installation, plaster should always be handled with a primer. After this, it can be painted, varnished or treated as the customer so wishes. Facade decorations should be treated with linseed oil paint.
- Is plaster a resistant material?
It is often assumed that plaster is a fragile material, but it is not. Fibre reinforced plaster elements can be used to produce shock-resistant products, such as fireplace mantles, base skirting boards, door mouldings, columns, or even furniture. Plaster comes in a variety of qualities and when required for demanding locations, Kipsi Helsinki use plaster with special hard qualities. Ceilings made from moulded panels are much stronger than traditional plaster board ceilings.
- Is plaster suitable for facades?
Plaster is highly suitable for use in facades, but the treatment of the plaster is very important.
- What should be taken into account before and after the plaster work?
Kipsi Helsinki can plan solutions on the client's behalf or in conjunction with the customer. Plans should be made well in advance and building technology matters should be taken into consideration during the planning stage. It would be great, if the customer would present their wishes and desires concerning the work to be carried out. After the installation, the joints and borders should be allowed to dry for some days, after which the plaster work may be primed and painted.
- What should I take note of when ordering plaster work?
The building technology: Are power outlets to be integrated into the skirting boards? Are the ventilation locations in the right place? Scheduling: To ensure the best possible outcome, it would be beneficial if the plaster design work would begin at an early stage, to take into consideration the fixtures, lighting, tiling, floors, ceilings, together with the plaster work.
- Why plaster?
Plaster has been used for hundreds of years in building and interior decoration. There are several reasons why to choose plaster. Here are a few of them:
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- Why use plaster, and not wood or urethane?
Compared with other materials, the advantages of plaster are numerous. Plaster joints do not crack, such as, for example, urethane and wood. Plaster is a non-flammable material and can withstand heat better. Plaster is a more refined material.