Building Decorative Materials

Edited by

  • Yan Li, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Shuxia Ren

Buildings should not only be functional but aesthetically pleasing. This requires the use of decorative materials both on the exterior and inside a building. Building decorative materials reviews the range of materials available and their potential applications.

The book begins by considering the main types of decorative material and the physical, mechanical and other properties they require. It then discusses types and potential uses of decorative stone materials such as marble, granite, slate or gypsum. It then goes on to discuss the ways cement and concrete can be used for decorative effect, before considering the role of ceramics in such areas as tiling. The following chapters review decorative glass for windows or facades, metals and wood before assessing polymer materials such as plastics and textiles. The final group of chapters discuss coatings, including waterproofing materials, multi-functional materials used for such purposes as soundproofing and thermal insulation, and the use of more sustainable decorative materials.

Building decorative materials is a useful reference for architects, civil engineers and those studying civil or structural engineering.
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Architects, civil engineers, and those studying civil or structural engineering


Book information

  • Published: May 2011
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-257-1

Table of Contents

Basic properties of building decorative material; Building decorative stone; Gypsum decorative material; Building decorative cement; Building decorative concrete and mortar; Building decorative ceramic; Building decorative glass; Metal decorative material; Decorative wood; Decorative plastics; Building decorative fiber fabric and its products; Architectural coatings; Adhesives; Waterproof materials; Acoustic and thermal insulating materials; New energy-saving and environmental protective building materials.