Add Flair to Your Build With Architectural Decorative Mouldings

Using Architectural decorative mouldings on a house build creates a better finish, giving a house flair and making a statement. Mouldings can be used to help effect a certain style, such as French Provincial, Mediterranean, Art Deco or Modern. In our last two blogs we explored the most commonly used mouldings and the mouldings that add a further  decorative flourish  and how they can be used to effect.
In this blog we will look at Flatbands, Wall Caps, Pier Caps and the range of sizes available for Parapets
Flatbands are a handy decorative tool,that can be used as window architraves, to cover up flashing, to break up a high wall or even conceal joins between two levels. They also add a further decorative touch when combined with corbels.

They come in the following sizes:
80mm,90mm or 100mm x 20mm
100mm x 20mm with a 30mm return
85mm,90mm, 100mm, 120mm, 150mm, 175mm, 250mm x 30mm
100mm x 30mm with a 30mm return
120mm x 30mm chamfered
250mm x 30mm chamfered, for base of square columns

Wall Caps and Pier Caps
Wall capping is used to cover the top section of walls. Pier caps can be made to match your wall cappings and they give a complete finish to your fence piers. Wall caps come in two styles with a 110mm external overall height and the choice of 236mm internal or 358mm internal height. Wall capping moulds are shipped in the standard length of 2.4 metres, but can be made to any custom length, with a maximum length of 3.4 metres. Several sizes and styles of Pier Caps are available. They can also be custom made to fit your individual piers, in unique designs or rectangular shapes.

Manufactured in lengths up to 3400mm, there is a large range of styles available, including some with corbels.

By height, sizes are:
47mm x 15mm
100mm x 100mm
104mm x 136mm
120mm x 45mm, x 55mm, x 111mm
150mm x 100mm, x 150mm
160mm x 150mm, x 160mm
169mm x 180mm
170mm x 90mm, x 100mm, x 150mm
180mm x 95mm
200mm x 105mm, x 120mm, x 146mm, x 155mm, x 200mm
220mm x 116mm
240mm x 220mm
270mm x 143mm
280mm x 257mm
290mm x 280mm
300mm x 232mm, x 300mm
360mm x 191mm



Decorative Mouldings Create A Stylish Statement And Flourish

Keystone and rivets add a flourish to arched window

Keystone and rivets add a flourish to arched window

Decorative mouldings can be used to great effect on a house, transforming it from something standard and plain to a stylish statement. In our last blog we discussed the most common house mouldings –
Window Architraves, Headers and Sills

This time we will look at mouldings that give the extra decorative flourishes that really finish a build –

Quoinings, Rivets, Corbels and Keystones.

Quoinings are used to highlight the corners on a house. The Finishing Touch moulds are shipped in the standard length of 2.4m.but any custom length can be ordered, with the maximum length being 3.4 metres. A selection of quoinings are available – either square cut, bevelled, one sided, with chamfer or with miter and in a range of sizes.

Rivets, or buttons, are commonly used on architraves to decorate and enhance entrances and balcony windows. They come in two sizes – 30mm and 40mm diameter.

Corbels are mostly used to achieve a Tuscany or Mediterranean style, creating the look of a timber rafter coming through the roof. The Finishing Touch supply a large range of decorative styles to choose from that vary in size.

Keystones add the glamour touch to a window, garage door or any entrance. They look particularly effective atop an arched window, combined with rivets on the architraves (see pic above). They come in a large range of sizes to suit different window and entrance spans. Style-wise there is a choice of designs from Grecian style scrolls and flourishes to modern, clean lines.

Builders last year chose the Finishing Touch lightweight mouldings because they realised that these mouldings are of a high quality, are durable so they last,  and are manufactured efficiently, ensuring  builders can meet their deadlines.

An Extensive Range of Lightweight Mouldings For House Builds

Example of Decorative Mouldings by The Finishing Touch – 6 Moonbria Ave, Kew


Decorative architectural mouldings add interest, accentuate architectural features and provide a decorative finish to a build.  The most popular features throughout the history of buildings have been arches and columns. The Finishing Touch have developed a manufacturing process that produces lightweight mouldings, with the same decorative effect that can be made in a much shorter timeframe and are so much easier to install.
Arch mouldings are made to follow existing arch lines and, as they are hand-made, can be cut in almost any profile desired. A keystone is usually added at the top of the arch for a grand finish. Builders or Owner/builders need to provide a template, the radius or the span and rise they desire for an arch to be specifically moulded to their specs.
Column mouldings are made in two halves to wrap around steel or timber posts. They come in four main shapes – round, fluted, square and tapered.  Any custom size is available for square columns –

Square column capitals are also available in Doric, Ornate or Single Doric with Plinth to suit columns up to 400mm. Sizes available for round, round fluted and round tapered column moulds are –
Bases are available in any size.
Parapet mouldings are pretty much standard on all new homes. They are installed on top parapets of houses and between the floor levels to create interest and cover the joins between the two levels. They are manufactured in lengths up to 3400mm. The Finishing Touch carry a large range of styles and designs with the smallest being the Parapet Mini at 47mm x 15 mm up to the largest at 300mm x 300mm.

Window Architraves are used around windows, door entrances and garages and the mouldings can be cut to size to fit exactly. Window Headers and Window sills are installed at the top of a window and under the window to further enhance and decorate. The Finishing Touch carry a large range of styles.
An extensive range of other mouldings, such as Quoinings, Corbels, Flatbands and Rivets, which add further decoration and flourish to a building, are stocked.