What is a decorative profile?
Decorative profiles, also known as architectural details or elements, are individual components that in combination contribute to the formation of the aesthetic vision and individual style of a building. Decorative profiles help to recreate trends in popular architectural styles, as well as to realize modernist concepts.
What is the history of architectural decoration?
One of the first associations when it came to decorative elements such as columns and arches was the Acropolis of Athens. In fact, it was built in the 9000th century BC, while the first architectural decorations are evidenced by ancient Neolithic settlements such as Gobekli Tepe (2300 BC) or buildings discovered in ancient Mesopotamia dating from XNUMX BC). Subsequently, with the development of civilization, architecture began to occupy an increasingly important part in the culture of many nations. To this day, we are witnessing beautiful and picturesque buildings dating back hundreds and even thousands of years.
Where are decorative profiles used?
Decorative profiles are used both in the interior and on the facade of a building. Regarding the internal application, the architectural elements are suitable for installation in corridors, living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and wet rooms, as well as offices, waiting rooms, lobbies, retail outlets and other heavily loaded areas.
What types of decorative profiles are there?
There are hundreds of types of decorative profiles, divided into dozens of categories. Some of them are:
- Cornice profiles (with / without LED lighting)
- Linear profiles (with / without LED lighting)
- Window sills and window sills
- Frame profiles
- Profiles with rustic channels
- Pilasters (including base, body и capital)
- Columns and semi-columns (including base, body и capital)
- Consoles и decorative supports
- Pediments и ornaments
- Corner stones
- Decorative supports and brackets
- Decorative siding
- Decorative wooden beams и facade boards
- 3D panels
- Floor skirting boards
- Architraves and main beams
- Decorative facade panels
- Decorative fireplaces
What are decorative profiles made of?
In the past, decorative profiles were made of solid materials such as plaster and marble. Today, thanks to advances in technology, decorative profiles are now made from lightweight, environmentally friendly materials such as polystyrene (EPS), polyurethane (PU) и duropolymer (HDPS).
With what decorative profiles from EPS, PU и HDPS superior to those of marble and plaster?
The development of production technologies has brought a number of advantages of the new decorative profiles over the traditional ones. From light weight, through low price, to easy installation, today decorating interiors and facades is far easier and more comfortable. The main advantages of architectural details of EPS, PU and HDPS over those of marble and gypsum are the following:
|Decorative profiles from EPS, PU и HDPS||Traditional decorative profiles|
|Low weight, not loading the base||Heavy and stressful on the base|
|Easy and affordable installation||Difficult and expensive installation|
|Possibility for easy painting||More difficult to decorate|
|Resistance to aging||Wear over time|
|Easy to clean and maintain||Laborious and complicated cleaning|
|Affordable solution||A bigger price|
|Virtually unlimited design possibilities||More complex production process and limited design possibilities|
How to install decorative profiles?
One of the many advantages of decorative profiles made of EPS, PU and HDPS is their easy and convenient installation. Even if you are not a professional, you can fix profiles quickly and easily. In most cases, decorative profiles are mounted only with the help of glue. However, in some situations, such as the installation of sill profiles or elements that will be subject to more serious stresses, it is necessary to additionally mechanically fasten them with dowels. For this purpose, we have prepared detailed instruction manuals, with the help of which you can transform your home in just a few steps.
Can they be painted?
Decorative profiles can be painted with virtually any type of paint, which provides freedom of choice. Thus, the architectural elements can easily fit into the concept of any project.
How to clean decorative profiles?
Decorative profiles are especially quick and easy to clean - just with a damp cloth. Thanks to the coating with which they are treated, they do not absorb dust and layers from the external environment, but on the contrary - keep them on the surface of the profile. Thus, the decorative details can be cleaned in just one movement.
How much do decorative profiles cost?
StyroDesign's portfolio of solutions offers over 5000 different products, divided into dozens of categories. It is for this reason that the prices of decorative elements vary widely. Some linear profiles, for example, start at prices of BGN 3.50 m, while other, complex combinations of elements or complete solutions reach hundreds of levs. More importantly, our product portfolio offers something for every project and budget.
What is the service life of decorative profiles?
As for the material from which they are made, decorative profiles offer virtually unlimited service life, as it does not age and retains its properties for a long time. Thanks to the special polymer coatings with which the profiles are treated, they acquire significant resistance to external influences such as precipitation, variable temperatures, mechanical particles, layers, chemical aggressors, etc. In addition, the coating gives the profiles a special strength, which makes them resistant to pressure, impact and mechanical impacts. For this reason, when used in heavily loaded rooms such as corridors, lobbies and conference rooms, for example, profiles withstand human trafficking and the resulting friction, touch, abrasion, impact, etc.
Can I order a decorative profile?
StyroDesign offers custom-made decorative profiles. For this purpose, all you need to provide is a sample diagram / drawing of the element, as well as the dimensions in which you want it to be produced. Everything else is done by our professional team.