ROCKCOTE's Decorative Finishes range creates limitless possibilities for natural aesthetics - from a traditional organic, clay plaster look right up to the most modern polished plaster finishes.
All products are completely natural, based on clay or lime or the combination of both for ROCKCOTE Otsumigaki. All products in the Decorative Finishes range are free of dangerous chemicals and produce no odours or residual off-gassing.
They have low embodied energy (energy necessary for the entire product life-cycle) and are fully recyclable which means they can be returned to the earth after use. Clay and lime finishes can also be positive for psychological well-being. They are inherently sensuous, meaning they enliven the sense and bring us back into contact with the natural world.
Lime Plasters: Venetian Plaster, Marrakesh and Otsumigaki
Lime is an amazing building material: much more environmentally friendly and economical than cement, and also carbon neutral. Like cement, lime gives off carbon dioxide during manufacture. Yet, unlike cement, lime actually re-absorbs carbon dioxide when it sets making lime an ideal choice for conscious living.
Lime is burnt at a lower temperature than cement in the production process (900°C as opposed to 1300°C) and therefore produces 20% less carbon dioxide. Lime is essential in the building of any natural house, including straw bales, timber and earth.
Drawing inspiration from ancient techniques, ROCKCOTE has developed durable lime finishes that are suitable for modern buildings.
Benefits of Lime:
Allows the building to "breathe". Water can escape by evaporation, unlike cement where water can only escape by being absorbed into the bricks, risking damp and substrate erosion.
Clay Plasters: Clay Plaster Decor and Otsumigaki
Earth plasters can create stunning effects ranging from a rustic earth natural clay to a smooth, polished finish.
Benefits of Clay:
They are porous, allowing the building structure to breathe
They have a thirst for moisture that helps to regulate relative humidity in the atmosphere, improving air quality and resisting mould growth.
Create a healthier indoor atmosphere by releasing healthy negative ions into the air (See RHS box)