Columns and Arches Beautiful Architectural Features


Of all the types of architectural decorative mouldings used to create an attractive façade to a building, columns and arches are the most beautiful and eye catching. Dating back to very early architecture they have long been used as an architectural feature.  When they were constructed of stone and stucco they were extremely heavy and difficult to install, thus were only used for large, public buildings or very expensive homes. Concrete made the addition of an arch or columns to a family home more accessible and these days with the development of lightweight decorative mouldings arches and columns have become a common sight throughout suburbia, adding a certain glamour to modern houses.

The Finishing Touch are leading suppliers of high quality decorative mouldings. Their lightweight mouldings are made from computer cut high grade EPS polystyrene and builders can choose from two styles of finish. The sandstone finish moulding is triple coated with a multi-part compound then reinforced with a triple coating of sand whereas the smooth finish moulding is reinforced with fibreglass mesh and coated with one or two coats of an impact resistant and flexible polymer modified cementitious render. Both coatings produce a durable exterior finish, which will not crack, shrink, expand or bend.

The Finishing Touch supply a wide range of decorative mouldings to suit most house styles, including French Provincial, Georgian and post-modern.  Recently the builder of a fifty squares home in Chadstone with North African influences called on the Finishing Touch to supply decorative mouldings for this already built modern home.  The addition of five round columns, each 200mm in diameter and 2.7metres high (model # RO200) with Tuscan capitals and Doric bases will ensure this house has a stunning façade. Another home in Old Warrandyte Road, Donvale required an Arch (model # M1), 120mm x 30mm, 1200 mm wide, along with 18 metres of parapet mouldings (model # P7180), 180mm x 95mm, 5 metres of window architraves (model # M1), 110mm x 30mm and 5.5 metres of flatband moulding (model # M120),  120mm x 30mm.

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