What to consider when choosing a good plasterer
What tasks do plasterers do?
Plasterers make a wide range of surfaces and structures, from the simple to the complex. One of their tools is plaster which is used to cover walls and ceilings as well as floors in many buildings. Plaster protects against fire, water damage, moulds and insects.
The plasterer applies plaster on various surfaces such as bare brick or concrete block walls before they can be finished with paint or wallpaper. Most plasters are a mixture of sand, lime and cement which is then combined with water using a trowel to produce an even texture that can be painted over later. In some cases, plasterers work on small projects like interior walls of homes alone. If they have bigger jobs like exterior building walls or ceilings, they would work with several other plasterers. The work of a plasterer may not be visible to the general public but it is important because it gives buildings a nice finished look.
It's easier to choose a good plasterer when you know how much experience he or she has and any special qualities they have that other less skilled plaster workers do not have. An experienced plasterer should know wall repair and different wall finishing techniques. They should also have basic knowledge of drylining, carpentry and woodworking skills essential for this line of work.
What services do plasterers offer?
The services plasterers offer include applying plaster to walls, ceilings and various other surfaces. Plastering is a skill that requires special training so if you ever need any work done on your building this is the person you would call for help. A good plasterer will make sure all repairs are done properly and they do not cut corners when it comes to customer satisfaction because happy customers share their experience with others.
What should I look for in hiring someone for plastering?
How much does it cost to hire a good plasterer?
A reputable plasterer should charge between £17 and £22 per hour for work. If you are planning on getting help with hanging heavy items off your wall then you can expect to pay quite a bit more than this. This is because it requires more expertise and therefore takes longer time. Plastering is normally done by an experienced plasterer who has been in business for at least three years.
What is the cost to plaster a 3 bedroom house UK?
The cost of plastering a 3 bedroom house ranges between £800 to £1000 depending on the materials needed for the job and the size of your home. The most important thing you can do when hiring a plasterer is making sure that you see all of their previous work. Although plastering sounds like a simple trade it isn't. There are different skills and expertise required to be a good plasterer. You need to hire someone who will efficiently complete your project so you get the best value for your money.
How long does it take plaster to dry?
The drying time will really depend on various factors. It won't be the same length of time for every person since you have to take into consideration things like temperature, humidity, age of the plaster and many other factors. It'll take 2 to 3 days for plaster to dry depending on the weather.
How many m2 can a plasterer skim in a day?
This will depend on many factors. The quality of plaster, weather, the age of the house or property amongst others.
The normal numbers that you can expect when it comes to skimming a room with an average size are:
A 2 man team will be able to do 500 m2 each per day.
Two 3 man teams will be able to do 400 m2 each per day.
One 4 man team will be able to do 350 m2 each per day.
One 5 man team will be able to do 300 m2 each per day.
How long would a skim coat take to dry?
3 weeks is sufficient time.
How to skimp plaster?
Our advice is to avoid doing this. Skim coat should be applied at 1 - 2mm thick, it shouldn't look too thick otherwise you will end up with a lumpy finish that would need more work done on it later. Another thing that you have to take into consideration is the substrate, skim over a sound surface and your job will be much easier.
What are the dangers of plastering?
Painting plaster on wet surfaces or over spraying areas that have already dried out can lead to mould formation. If you paint over damp areas, it also increases the probability of cracks forming in your walls down the line which could cause structural damage inside your property.
What is the difference between plastering and skimming?
Skimming is a decorative trim that you apply to the top of your plaster finish. It is not load-bearing, so if you need heavy items hanging off your walls then this would not be suitable for you. Plastering is normally used in bedrooms or any other room where you want the smoothest possible finish on your walls. It can also be used externally for work such as garden walls.
Do plasterers install plasterboard?
Plasterers do not normally install plasterboard because it is a much more specialised job, and therefore requires a different set of skills. However, some plasterers will offer this service too if you don't want to undertake the work yourself.
Which is cheaper? To plasterboard or plaster?
The cost of installing plasterboard is almost the same with the cost of plastering. Plasterboard installation often requires lower labour input which makes it cheaper. There may be extra costs involved such as specialist equipment or hiring someone else to do the work.
What kind of plastering is best for my walls?
There are two types of plaster: sand/cement (or ordinary) and gypsum (sometimes known as drywall). Gypsum is lighter than sand/cement and therefore less messy to apply when first setting your wall plaster. It also dries quicker which means that you can move on to installing your skimming/plasterboard sooner. Sand/cement takes longer to dry but it can be applied in a thicker layer meaning that your final surface will be smoother. Sand/cement is also sometimes preferred for areas where you will be installing floorboards as it provides better key (a bond with the timber flooring).
What is the difference between dry lining and plastering?
Dry lining is a technique used to create instant walls for rooms that you have not yet plastered. This can be done in places such as new extensions or loft conversions, where the walls are not able to hold plaster straight away due to them being damp and needing time to dry out before any plaster will stick.
It is also popular for creating an instant living area if the builder has finished work early but the other tradesmen are behind schedule. This allows you to move into your property as soon as possible without having an empty shell of a room on show.
Wooden laths are normally used in dry-lining, which allow the plaster to be held up against it until it dries and hardens enough to support itself.
While drylining is a similar kind of work to plastering, it is normally for internal use only. Dry lining is a bit more detailed than plastering so if you're not sure about getting into the intricacies of it then we'd suggest choosing a plasterer. Dry lining can be done alone without needing any external finishes or paints at all.
At Winchester Plastering and Drylining, we handle a wide range of plastering and drylining projects for both commercial and residential properties. Some of our services include skimming, rendering, preparation of walls, apply and fix plasterboards, acoustic tiles as well as decorative and protective coverings of plaster or cement to interior and exterior structures.
If you have any questions about your interior or exterior walls in Winchester, we are the plasterers near me that can assist you to get the right results. Call us or complete the online contact form and a member of the team will reach out to you promptly.