Gothic arches, also known as pointed arches, have a very medieval feel that signify strength, grandeur, and height. While not as popular as they were once were several hundred years ago, they still make a point.
How to Measure Gothic Arches
- Measure the depth of your opening to the nearest 1/8”.
- Measure the rough opening width to the nearest 1/8”.
- Enter the location (place) where the gothic arch will be installed in your project (for example: Dining Rm, Study, #1 Gothic Arch).
How to Install Gothic Archways
- Measure and mark the center of the header.
- Measure and mark the total height on each stud.
- Fasten each gothic arch kit half to the marks on the header and stud.
Tailored installation instructions will be supplied with your gothic archways for easy install.
How to Drywall a Gothic Arch Kit
Drywalling a gothic arch is comprised of measuring the curvature of the arch, cutting the drywall to the curvature and depth, forming, and fastening in place.
- Wetting the back of the drywall will make the drywall easier to bend.
- For tighter radius gothic arches, consider using a double layer of either ¼” or ¼” flex drywall.
How to Finish Gothic Archways
Drywall, plaster, wood veneer, brick veneer, trim, tile…the list is seemingly endless. Whether you want your gothic archway to have a simple or an ornate finish, the choice is yours.
Gothic Archways Specifications
|Material||Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)(High Grade Moisture Resistant)|
|Thickness (in.)||1” – 1 ½” (depending on width)|
|Depth (in.)||1” to 5 ½” Depths over 5 ½” will be made as a 2 piece split. A 2 piece split is a 5 ½” deep arch with a split cut down the center. When installing, finish the split cut and put one 2 ¾” piece on the front and the other 2 ¾” piece on the back of the opening.|
Finding Your Gothic Arch Rise
Since the gothic arch ends in a point at the center, the rise of a gothic arch is also equal to the total height. Mathematically, the rise of a gothic arch is dependent upon the style which dictates where on the width the overlapping radii start. On an equilateral gothic arch, the overlapping radii start from each end of the width, whereas the lancet radii are drawn from outside the width, and the drop radii are drawn inside the width.
How Do You Ship My Gothic Archways?
Depending upon the size of your order, most gothic arch kits ship in boxes via UPS Ground. If you order several arch kits or if you also order a ceiling or wall design kit, it could ship on a pallet via LTL common carrier. If you’d like to know how it will ship before placing your order, simply call us and we’ll let you know.
“We’re a huge fan of the Archways & Ceilings’ product line. Amongst our favorites are their gothic archways, soft archways, barrel vaults, and groin vaults kits. Since we’ve started using them in 2012, they save us time, improve quality and all at a reasonable cost.”
John Lamb/ Area Construction Manager
Cranbrook Custom Homes, Shelby Township, MI