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One of the key jobs in renovating an old home or finishing an extension or new home for painting and decorating, is the plastering. A plasterer is there to prepare the finish for ceilings and walls inside, but you may need them to render external walls ahead of painting or to screed internal floors.
This is a highly skilled trade that you really should leave to the experts. Within 50 miles of Peterborough our plasterers can help you prepare your home for decoration and the final finish.
Can’t I do it myself?
Professional plasterers will have been working in the trade for many years and can do a far better job than someone who does it themselves. Our plasterers in Peterborough know how to tackle a range of plastering jobs ranging from very old houses that have wood lath plastering to newer homes with metal lath or plasterboard. Screeding floors and rendering external walls is something best left to the experts too!
For kitchens and bathrooms especially, where there is a lot of moisture in the air, it is a very good idea to leave the job to experts, as they can apply the finish you desire at a fraction of the effort a novice would take. In the long term, a professional plastering job will be cost effective as there will be fewer risks of the plaster blowing due to an unskilled hand doing the job in the first place.
Our plasterers can help you finish your renovation or extension in any of the following areas including Peterborough PE1: Bretton (PE3), Orton (PE2), Deeping (PE6), Bourne (PE10), Stamford (PE9), Spalding (PE12), St Neots (PE19), Huntingdon (PE28), Oakham (LE15), Uppingham (LE15).
At what stage does a plasterer come in?
Plasterers may come in at different stages of the build process depending on what needs doing. If you are doing an extension, internal plastering will begin when the building is weather tight, though on the outside they may begin as soon as the walls are up. For screeding the floors, plasterers will begin work before the walls are plastered, while ceilings are done after the walls.
Our company offers complete building solutions so we will be happy to give you advice as to what trade needs to come in and when during a multi-trades job such as an extensive renovation or extension.
When can you paint after plastering?
It is important that you do not paint the walls too early after plastering as this can seal moisture in and it will never cure properly as a result. Skimmed plaster on plasterboard can take 3-4 days to cure while backing plaster can take 4-6 days to cure. There are a number of variables that can alter the drying time. If it is particularly cold in the room then you should expect to wait a while longer. If the air is humid then this can delay the drying process too. If the plastering is done during hot weather or extra heat is applied in the room then the plaster will cure more quickly, though you really shouldn’t try to hurry the process up too much as this can cause problems too!
How long does plastering take?
Generally we can do a bedroom in a day depending on how many people we have on site. As part of the quote we offer you we will give an accurate estimate of the time it will take that largely depends on the size of the space that we need to do.
Plastering around obstacles
When building an extension, plasterers normally come in before things like electrical sockets and radiators are fitted, but after the extension is weather tight. These are put in afterwards so the walls are plastered properly throughout the construction.
If you are renovating a building or room, it is advisable to have a plumber remove radiators so plasterers can do their job properly. Our plasterers are expert at plastering around electrical switches and sockets, but pipes and radiators can cause problems, and this is why you should consider having them removed before the job is done.
Another thing to consider is carpets! These should be either removed altogether or protected before the plasterer begins their work.
Plastering on stud walls
Where you are dividing a room or having an extension built, you will almost certainly use stud walls. Once installed, plasterboard is laid over them over the wooden uprights (called studs) and these are then skimmed over.
Plastering in kitchens and bathrooms
Plasterers will use special plasterboard that is designed to take extra weight in bathrooms and kitchens. Ask our team about using Gyproc MR plasterboard or Aquapanels. These cost a little more to install, but are hardwearing and can both handle the weight of tiling as well as the heat and humidity that kitchens and bathrooms can experience during use.
Where you are renovating an old building you may well find that it has wooden lath plasterwork and a lime plaster. Traditional lath is a wooden framework on which the plaster is put on, and this is known to give a superior finish compared to plasterboard.
Lime plaster also helps old buildings breathe – where the building has damp walls the moisture can escape over time.
Where there is damp or the room is below ground level, our team may consider ‘tanking’ the wall, which involves putting a sealant on the wall before plastering. This will keep out the damp. It is important however to try to find the source of the damp in the first place and try to tackle this at root, perhaps by putting in a soak away outside or improving the drainage around the building. This should prevent the damp issues from emerging in the first place.
Five things to prepare ahead of a plasterer coming in
Ahead of the plasterer coming to do the job you need to make certain preparations for them so they can do their job properly. Here are five things to do before they arrive so they can do their job as quickly and efficiently as possible:
- Make as much space as possible for them to do their job
- Remove or cover all furniture in the room.
- Where possible, have radiators and pipes removed ahead of them coming in.
- Make sure there is no damp where they need to plaster as this could delay their work.
- Switch off all power for the room being done, so they can loosen light switches and electrical sockets
5 types of plastering
There are broadly five types of internal and external plastering that we can do through our building company. Let’s look at each one and consider the pros and cons:
The first three are for internal walls and ceilings.
- Dry lining is a faster and easier job than wet plastering. The drawback is that though it is quicker to do, many people say that it doesn’t have the same finish as wet plastering. It is cheaper to do but as with all things, cheaper isn’t always better!
- Insulated dry lining is a better form of dry lining. Plasterboard sections are bonded to insulation, and in installing this you can improve sound and heat insulation in your home. This can be particularly good for the inside of external walls on older buildings that don’t have the same insulation that modern buildings do.
- Lath and plaster. This is generally held as the best plastering available. It requires a lot of skill on the part of the plasterer but the results are noticeably better than dry lining of any kind. Where you don’t want to compromise on finish, this is the best way to achieve what you want.
- Screeding is for flooring, and is often done where a level smooth finish is required. Another reason for screeding floors is where you may have had under floor heating installed.
- External renders and pebble dash is also where you may call in our plasterers in Peterborough. These differ considerably from the internal plastering that you will inside your home, but where you don’t want a brick finish to your walls or have used cement blocks in the construction of the building, then external plastering is often done for the final finish.
With energy bills only going upwards, having good insulation is going to help reduce your energy bills. Buildings built before 1919 or so do are generally solid walls and will let more heat out than cavity walls.
Where you have solid walls, you should consider installing insulation inside the home. This can be done through specially insulated stud walls or through insulated dry lining. Insulated dry lining is installed in the same way as normal dry lining, though is considerably thicker – up to 50 mm depending on the product you wish to use.
For advice on insulating your property during renovation, contact our team and they will discuss your needs.
Other Plasterers In Peterborough
If you didn’t find what you were looking for, the below establishments might be able to help!
Please note that the following list was put together from publicly available records and was correct to the best of knowledge at the time of posting. If you’d like to remove or edit your business please get in touch via our contact page.
G D Plastering142 New Road, Peterborough
|Steve Johnson & Son Plasterers||96 The Whaddons, Huntingdon|
|CJW Plastering||5 Poplar Close, March|
|Fox Plastering/artex/coving||9 Humber Drive, Yaxley, Peterborough|
|Danny Lenton Plastering||24 Queen Street, Yaxley, Peterborough|
|N.L.M Plastering||56 Granville Avenue, Northborough, Peterborough|
|R A Hamblin Plastering||6 Hall Close, Hartford, Huntingdon|
|Nigel Steadman Plastering Ltd||2 Clay Drove, West Pinchbeck, Spalding|
|J.A.Bradbury Quality Plastering||59 Cheyne Walk, Kettering|
|Northamptonshire Plasterers||Whitsundale Close, Finedon, Wellingborough|
|First Choice Plastering||10 Mulso Rd, Finedon|
|Top Skim Ltd||8 The Rowans, Doddington, March|
|Grandline Plastering Ltd||14 Regal Road, Wisbech|
|DMQ Plastering Services||23 Ledbury Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering|
|A+ Plastering (Northamptonshire)||13 Albert Road, Finedon|
|Mick Weetman Plasterer||15 Cley Hall Gardens, Spalding|
|Alby’s Plastering Services||14 Chariots Way, Baston, Peterborough|