Types of Finishes Using in Building Construction Process

Finishing materials improve the appearance of buildings. There are different types of finishes and methods apply during the construction process of a house, residential, commercial building or any type of building projects.

Inherent finishes and applied finishes are two types of finish for the building fabric. Inherent finish provides natural finish because further work no needed for example materials such as timber, stone, brick and glass. Applied finishes are materials such as types of paint or plaster to timber or walls.

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A variety of finishes in terms of colour, made, textures, style are available. The choice will be dictated by several factors such as the context of the building and the client’s requirements.

Here is a list of four main building components finishes frequently used by building contractors.

1. Floor Finishes

  • Bricks
  • Stone
  • Rendering
  • Tiling
  • Wood floor covering
  • Terrazzo
  • Asphalt
  • Rubber
  • Linoleum sheet
  • Glass floor covering
  • Concrete floor covering
  • Mosaic floor covering
  • Cork floor covering
  • Magnesite floor covering
  • Vinyl asbestos tiles


2. Wall Finishes

  • Plastering
  • Tiling
  • Skirting
  • Wallpaper
  • Painting
  • Dry Linings
  • Molding
  • Architraves

3. Ceiling Finishes

  • Plaster Board
  • Plaster Board cove moulding
  • Steel Lathing
  • Plastering
  • Ceiling linings
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Spray plaster
  • Ceiling papers
  • Timber Cladding
  • Expanded Polystyrene Tiles
  • PVC Cladding
  • Ceiling Painting


4. Roof Finishes  Types

  • Corrugated steel
  • Profiled light aluminium
  • Wood shingles
  • Concrete tiles
  • Clay tiles
  • Glazed
  • Lightweight metallics
  • Synthetic slates/tiles
  • Natural slates
  • Artificial mineral fibre
  • Cement slates
  • Titanium-cladding panels

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