PLASTERING & RENDERING
To ensure you receive the best possible Plastering & Rendering services, it is vital that you find a professional, trustworthy, and well-reviewed company who not only has the right tools and equipment but experience and knowledge. Fortunately, you don’t have to look much further when it comes to AKB Property Services.
Internal plastering is always called plastering but when plastering is carried out on external walls and fittings it is always known as rendering.
Although the basic idea of plastering and rendering is much the same – the two processes use different materials and techniques.
First up, let’s stay indoors and look at plastering
Plastering internal walls is important for making your home look comfortable and well maintained because, without it, the whole space would look shoddy and unfinished. Once the plaster has been fully applied you can decorate it either by painting or by paper.
The first layer of plaster to cover the substrate (the raw surface of the wall) is called the backing coat and is generally between 9mm and 40mm thick. This is generally composed of a mixture of cement, lime, and sand mixed with water.
Over this, the plasterer will apply a skim coat or finishing coat to ensure that the finish is flawless. The plaster used for the skim coat is generally composed of gypsum powder which creates a smoother more refined finish.
Types of plastering material
The type of plastering material required will largely depend upon your property. For example, if you live in an older property that may have some dampness, lime plaster is the best option as the lime enables the surface to breathe.
However, it is important to consider here why your home is so damp and remedy this root problem before you have the walls plastered. In many cases, damp can be solved by simple solutions, such as repairing or fitting a damp course or repairing roof damage or damage to guttering.
Gypsum plasters are ideal for a dry environment as these are quick-drying and create a very smooth and even finish.
Cement-based plasters can be effective for internal use but these are more commonly used for exterior rendering as they can be cold and cause condensation when used indoors.
A skilled plasterer will also be able to provide and repair a range of ornamental finishes such as artexing or mouldings. These are not as fashionable as they once were, but if you live in a vintage property with ornamental plaster features such as coving, a good plasterer will be able to repair any damage by making a mould and fitting in place.
He or she will also be able to work with a wide range of substrates (surfaces) too. Many dividing walls in modern properties are constructed from plasterboard. This is a flat sheet of gypsum interlaid with strong paper material. This provides support for the plaster, as well as improving insulation in the home. When these are bonded together with additional coats of plaster, this process is known as drywall plastering.
Alternatively, an older property may use a partition of timbered laths for dividing walls. Sometimes these may need to be reinforced with a stainless steel mesh before the plaster can be applied.
A qualified skilled plasterer will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your property and provide the correct solution.
External walls need far greater protection than internal walls so rendering uses far stronger materials. External render is high in cement and coarse sand which will help protect your home from the wind, rain, and snow.
Rendering helps protect your brickwork and it can look very decorative. Once your home has been rendered it can be painted with exterior paint. Alternatively, you can choose from a range of finishes such as pebbledash which is easy to manage because although it is more expensive it does not require any further maintenance.
The pebble dash will be coated with masonry paint when it is applied and although this job takes longer than smooth rendering a home, it can be cost-effective in the long run.
Because rendering is necessary for the entire surface of your building, you will need to consider the need for scaffolding unless you live in a one-story building such as a bungalow.
A professional company will provide all the necessary scaffolding as part of the total cost so this should not overly concern the homeowner.
Rendering is best carried out during summer.
One issue you will need to consider before rendering your home is the weather. This work is best carried out in the summer months, sadly the time when most plastering/ rendering companies are at their busiest.
If you have any flexibility in your timings, it might be worth getting a quote from a local company and see if they can accommodate you in dry spells of weather such as in spring or autumn. After all, we can’t predict the weather and booking in advance for the following summer may still see your work delayed by rain.
Always obtain competitive quotes.
Whether you are considering having your home rendered or are thinking about interior plastering, it is always important to shop around for price and for the best service.
The cheapest quote is not necessarily the best option. Most importantly you need to ensure that the company you choose is reputable and professional who fully understands the needs of your property and what is required for the job.
Find out exactly what the work entails and obtain an itemised quote for the work. For example, some plastering / render companies will charge extra for painting or for added extras. In many cases, old render or plaster will need to be removed and disposed of before the work can commence. Some companies may charge extra for this.
Your quote should outline exactly what each part of the work will cost so that if there are any unexpected hold-ups or extra costs you can see exactly where your money is going and that there are no hidden extras when it comes to paying the bill.
Can I carry out rendering and plastering myself?
If you usually carry out your own DIY you may be able to carry out this work yourself but it is not generally worth it. Plastering and rendering is a skilled trade that requires years of training and practice and if you do make mistakes, the results will be very visible.
The bottom line…
It is always better to call in the professionals who will be able to complete the work quickly with the minimum disruption to your household. Although doing it yourself may seem like a way of saving money, plastering is not as easy as it looks and if you get it wrong, you will need professional help to undo the damage.
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