When we think of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), no one automatically associates it with beauty. It does seem, after all, like a hunk of white, and not much else. But what if I told you that this very hunk of white could be a more economical replacement for conventional facade elements, architectural ornaments, shading overhangs, or facade fins?
These decorative elements may or may not serve any other purpose than beautification- facade fins also serve to control the sunlight entering a glass facade, while other ornaments may be purely for embellishment purposes. These are usually made of glass fiber reinforced-concrete (GFRC), or plaster, or, in case of fins, metals like aluminium. So naturally, their weight has to be taken into account when planning for structural strength, and depending on the material & design, they might take a lot of time and money to create, affix, and maintain.
How amazing would it be if you found a replacement material that had all of the pluses and none of the minuses for these decorative elements? I'm here to tell you that EPS offers just such an alternative. It can be easily cut into any desired shape, no matter how finely detailed it is. And it doesn't necessarily require the creation of moulds for the purpose of shaping, though the EPS can be easily moulded in order to mass produce the ornamentation. It is also extremely easy to affix to the building, and the whole process from production to finishing takes less time than that required for its conventional counterparts.
Moreover, EPS is an excellent insulator! In the form of cornices, it will not only hide joints, but also prevent thermal expansion and contraction from causing cracks in the structure. If used as decorative elements or fins on the facade of a building, the only upkeep that will be required shall be painting - there is no cracking or breaking!
If the above reasons haven't convinced you to incorporate EPS in your ornamental elements, the overall cost of EPS-based facade elements is similar to or even lower than their conventional counterparts! What more could one want?