While over 15 million tons of gypsum is used by United States alone, most of us that are surrounded by products made from gypsum are likely to ask what it is. Gypsum is a naturally occurring plaster that has been used by mankind for thousands of years as a reliable building material, as evidenced by its presence in the Egyptian Pyramids. This material is particularly useful due to its non-toxic nature, versatility, resistance to air and water infiltration, and environmentally friendly composition.
At SeeLess Solutions, we have revolutionized the use of gypsum by developing plaster mounting solutions that allow you to seamlessly place in-wall wired devices like light switches, wireless access points, thermostats and smoke detectors on your wall or ceiling.
While the Egyptians used gypsum rock in construction, it was further refined by the Greeks, after whose influence the rock is named, i.e. from ‘gypsos’ meaning “plaster.” In the 18th Century, the French discovered extensive gypsum deposits near Paris and it eventually gave rise to ‘plaster of Paris’ – a chemically altered form of raw gypsum that excludes the naturally occurring water content. In the 20th Century, when the United States became involved in World War II, builders started capitalizing on the benefits of using gypsum versus other construction materials. Houses and factories were completed in half the time, with less labor than ever before.
As one can observe, gypsum or plaster is a remarkable building material that allows for increased surface durability and reduces the risk of environmental pollution. SeeLess Solutions utilizes plaster in all our offerings as it can be altered and painted over, providing a wide range of design alternatives that blend with the tasteful appearance of your home.
The growing economy of the 1950's brought about innovative developments in the use of gypsum technology. By the year 1955, the majority of new buildings were built with either gypsum wallboard, gypsum lath or plaster. Industrialization resulted in the expansion of plaster and its applications in commercial buildings, creating increased resistance to fire, mold and noise transmission. Its lightweight properties provided a huge advantage versus traditional building materials like concrete.Benjamin Franklin had brought the idea of plaster to America, and there was no looking back, when gypsum beds were found in New York State.
Gypsum in the present day
Gypsum provides a more durable version of the traditional drywall in a way that minimizes cosmetic maintenance costs and repairs to walls in high traffic areas due to surface scuffs, abrasions and indentation. It has become the interior construction material of choice for more than 97% of new homes across America today.
SeeLess Solutions utilizes the highest quality plaster to design ground-breaking wall mounting solutions for essential devices in your home or office. Creating a 100% stable monolithic integration, our cutting edge mounting solutions preserve the beauty of your modern home, while placing electrical devices unobtrusively with seamless recessed integration.