Plastering is a method used for covering walls and ceilings to create a smooth surface ready for decorating with either emulsion paint or wallpaper. Plaster has a number of applications in building and construction industry, for instance; it is extensively used in the construction of new ceilings, for re-skimming and dry lining purposes, among others. This is an area, which requires both skills and knowledge. Therefore, if you are looking for a company for any kind of plastering job, such as re-skimming or dry lining, make sure you contact the most reputable company. It is one of the few jobs that isn’t recommended for the D.I.Y person unless it is a small area that’s not easily seen. Large walls and ceilings take a lot amount of skill and knowledge to create a perfect finish.
There are 3 main types of plastering –
Wet plastering is the most traditional way of plastering. The bare surface is covered with a number of layers, depending on thickness, of backing plaster such as sand and cement, bonding, dri-coat or other specialist plasters depending on the situation. The ‘wet’ plaster is applied and then levelled off with a tool called a Darby, a type of straight edge. When the required thickness and level is achieved a finish plaster is applied to make a smooth surface. For large areas it can be quite expensive but depending on wall types it can alleviate a lot of problems caused by damp as special types of plaster can be applied
Dry-lining is a lot easier than wet plastering and but still requires professional skill for installation but a smoother finish is easily achieved as the finished plaster is applied to almost perfectly flat surfaces. Dry lining involves fixing plasterboards which are held in place using different methods either by mechanical fixings (screws) or adhesives which stick the boards straight onto brickwork. When using this method while the adhesive is still wet the boards are pushed and levelled into place until set and the finish plaster is applied. Other applications of dry wall are wood and metal frame stud walling.
Plaster Skimming – Both of the above methods are finished with a plaster ‘skim’ giving a very smooth and durable finish. It is done in two stages with the first one being the actual application of the plaster as it is spread evenly over the surface and within an hour it is trowelled to the final smooth finish and left to dry ready for decoration. This final stage of the plastering process is the most critical. If a smooth finish isn’t achieved by the time the plaster sets it is very difficult to rectify without sanding down when dry or having to re-plaster the surface again. As such, Plaster skimming is best left to professionals.
To make it easy for you, below is a list of qualities that you should look in a plastering company.
- Reliability: There are certain methods you can use to find reliable and trustworthy companies in your area. The first obvious choice is to ask people known to you about the best companies around. You can even use internet to search for the best plastering companies, by reading reviews and testimonials of various companies present in your area.
- Services: Different plastering companies specialise in providing different types of plastering services and packages to their clients. Analyse the services list of all the present companies, and choose the one that perfectly suit your needs and requirements.
- Affordability: Apart from looking at the most appropriate services, you should also make sure that all the services, such as re-skimming or dry lining, are available at most affordable prices. This approach will help you to get the best services within your budget.
If you succeed in finding a company that fulfils all the above mentioned criteria, you can rest assured that you will get the highest quality plastering services that will surely exceed all your expectations and leave you with beautiful smooth walls and ceilings!