07 Jul Venetian Plaster Wall Finish
Venetian plaster is a wall finish that is comprised of slaked lime and marble dust and has numerous benefits over other traditional wall treatments, such as drywall. Originating on the walls of structures in Venice, Italy, during the end of the 16th century, Venetian plaster has become a popular wall finish. Some of the reasons for its popularity include versatility, durability, timelessness in its appearance, easy to maintain and its environmentally friendly.
Venetian plaster is considered one of the most versatile wall treatments, because it can be applied to almost any type of interior wall or ceiling. Some examples include drywall, wood, tile, cement board, exterior wood, and brick wall. It is also one of the easiest wall treatments to apply to columns and archways.
Venetian plaster is also extremely durable. It dries to hardness comparable to that of a rock. This type of plaster also resists shrinking and has some movement to it, making it capable of tolerating impact that could cause other types of wall finishes to crack. If there is ever need to make a repair on Venetian plaster, it can typically be repaired easily without having to repair a very large section of the wall.
The Venetian plaster finish is also timeless. It is smooth, which makes it easy to make modifications with very little advanced prep work. It is also very easy to maintain. It is offered in a variety of pre-mixed colors that last for a very long time without fading, which eliminates the need to paint. It also wets and dries rapidly, so even walls on the exterior of a home or other structure are easy to clean. Plaster allows water vapor to permeate freely and water to evaporate without difficulty, which avoids the containment of moisture under the surface.
Lastly, this type of plaster finish is environmentally friendly. The ingredients used to make it are all natural and non-toxic. Lime is naturally high in PH, meaning it acts as an antibacterial surface, preventing the growth of mold and fungus. Plaster can also have a positive effect on your energy costs by adding insulation to your home or office.