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The Benefits of Choosing Fiberglass Cornices

Posted by Worthington Millwork on 9/4/19 5:00 AM

FRP Wall Panels - FRP Columns - FRP CorniceWhether you are looking to give your building's exterior a makeover, or you are designing a new home, choosing the right cornices can help to give your finished project an elegant and polished look. However, if you are unfamiliar with architecture and building design, you may not be sure what cornices are, or which ones you should choose for your project. Cornices are a molded or decorated projection that tops a building wall or architectural feature. While cornices once served an architectural function, they are now mainly used as decoration to enhance the look of a building. However, cornices can help to throw rainwater off of the face of a building, protecting the siding and foundation from water damage. If you are considering adding cornices to your home or storefront, then you may want to consider the benefits fiberglass cornices can provide, as these cornices provide a variety of benefits over other traditional cornice materials such as timber, stone, and plaster.  Here are just a few of the reasons fiberglass should be the material of choice when adding cornices to any building. 

 

Versatility

One of the primary reasons why fiberglass has become so popular when designing cornices is that it is an extremely malleable material. Due to its flexibility, fiberglass can be easily molded into a variety of shapes and designs in ways that are not easy, or even possible, with other materials. In fact, fiberglass can even be manufactured to reflect other materials such as stone, wood, and terra cotta. No matter what design or look you want when picking cornices, you will be able to find or design something that will meet your needs and will fit the architectural style of your home or building by choosing fiberglass cornices.   

 

Strength and Durability

When considering cornice materials, it is important that you take strength and durability into account as you will want to choose a material that will withstand the test of time without requiring a great deal of maintenance. Unlike wood and plaster cornices, fiberglass cornices will not degrade when exposed to the elements, and you will not have to worry about them being damaged by wind, rain, or insects. Additionally, fiberglass is an extremely fire-resistant building material that is prized for its ability to prevent fires from spreading. Fiberglass elements on the exterior of your home or commercial facility can help it to better withstand fire damage. 

 

Lightweight and Easy to Install  

While fiberglass cornices are known for their strength and durability, they are actually extremely lightweight, making them a great alternative to the heavier cornice materials that they can mimic. This makes this material much easier to handle and install if you plan on installing them yourself. Furthermore, you will save money on installation should you hire someone else to install them, as they can be put up in a fraction of the time as cornices made from other materials. 

 

Cost-Effectiveness

While fiberglass cornices are versatile, strong, and lightweight, you may be surprised to learn that they can actually be a cost-effective option. When you consider the cost of buying, installing, and maintaining cornices made out of other materials, fiberglass cornices tend to be the most cost-effective option in the long-run. Fiberglass cornices are cheaper to install than other materials, and they will require minimal maintenance to keep them looking pristine. Alternatively, wood and plaster cornices will require frequent repairs and maintenance to keep them looking good, and they will have to be replaced much sooner than fiberglass. Fiberglass cornices tend to have lower overall life cycle costs than cornices made out of other materials, making them a cost-effective option.

 

Adding cornices to your home or commercial facility can be a great way to make your building stand out. However, you can save yourself time and stress by choosing fiberglass cornices over other materials, as these will require less maintenance and lifetime costs than other cornices. Feel free to contact us to learn more about fiberglass cornices and the benefits that they can provide.   

Topics: FRP cornice, polyurethane cornice, commercial cornice, fiberglass cornice

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