One of the big trends emerging in the building industry is permanent modular construction. With Architects, Builders and Engineers looking to improve efficiencies in building construction, there is a steadily growing movement towards modular building. This quick and efficient construction method uses many of the same techniques as commercial construction but on a residential scale. Buildings consist of multiple sections (modules), which are constructed offsite and then transported to the “building site”, simplifying the need for on-site trades and significantly shortening construction time.
The need for ‘wet’ trades onsite, including cement and plaster, can be reduced, as well as other trades such as form and reinforcement workers, thus saving costly time at the construction site. Tight sites with restricted access also benefit from using pre-fabricated modules, saving time and money.
Once the modules have been delivered, the building is then finished onsite. In line with this trend has been the development of lightweight, prefabricated, architectural decorative mouldings, manufactured offsite. The Finishing Touch are leaders in this aspect of the building trade, supplying high quality lightweight decorative mouldings to residential building projects.
Finishing Touch mouldings are manufactured from computer cut high grade EPS polystyrene, triple coated with a multi-part compound. To produce the sandstone finish, the mouldings are then reinforced with a triple coating of sand for maximum strength and durability; to produce a smooth, durable finish they are reinforced with fibreglass mesh and coated with 1 or 2 coats of an impact resistant and flexible polymer modified cementitious render.
Currently most building construction is still undertaken in the traditional way, onsite with tradespeople supplying the labour and expertise. The Finishing Touch lightweight decorative mouldings are highly valued for this style of building as well, as they are transported ready made to the site, with easy installation. Lead times are short and the decorative mouldings last well, giving a stunning finish to the build.