Which polystyrene ?

Which polystyrene ?

Not all polystyrene is created equal, and because we put our name to our products, it's important that the differences are made known.

Most in-house manufactured cornices are manufactured from XPS high density polystyrene. This is a smooth, closed cell high density polystyrene. There are varying qualities out there, and here are the facts :

A cheap polystyrene :

  1. Is usually shiny and rougher to the touch,
  2. Is lighter because the density is lower,
  3. May not meet our fire and building regulations,
  4. Requires more paint,
  5. Breaks easier because it’s brittle,
  6. Will shrink over time and cause unsightly gaps,
  7. Has inconsistent quality.

The polystyrene we manufacture from :

  1. Is smoother to the touch,
  2. Is a consistent high density product,
  3. Is imported from Europe,
  4. Meets and exceeds all our local fire and building specs,
  5. Has a beautiful finish when painted,
  6. Is supple and stronger than needed, hence less breakage and waste,
  7. Has aged for at least 60 days and does not shrink,
  8. Is a consistently excellent quality product,
  9. Is the best on the market and carries our seal of approval.

 Apart from XPS polystyrene, there is also something called EPS (expanded) polystyrene. EPS polystyrene can be identified by the visible balls of polystyrene when you look at it. EPS polystyrene also has various densities, and the higher the density, the stronger the product.

EPS is cheaper than XPS, and we manufacture from EPS if our customers request it. It requires an extra coat of paint in order to get it as smooth as the XPS product.