My newly plastered walls have some small cracks in them. Is this normal?
Unfortunately even with the best preparation, sometimes new walls can still crack. There can be several reasons why this can happen, most commonly it is due to plaster drying out too quickly before it can fully cure. I.e. heating in the home is too high too soon.
My walls have just been plastered. How long do I have to wait before I can paint my new plaster?
Depending on the work carried out, it would usually take around one week for the plaster to dry. During the work, the skim finish will be light pink, within three to four hours this turn a deep brown colour as the plaster cures. As it begins to dry, it returns to a very light pink colour, as this happens it will be obvious it is beginning to dry. You should wait for the entire area to be light pink before decoration.
I have some joint cracks in my plaster ceiling. How can I fix them?
Cracking in a ceiling are usually caused by movement in the timber joists above, you can use a lightweight filler such as Easy fill to try and minimise future cracking.
Do I need to put PVA on the newly plastered walls before painting them?
No, this is common practice for people hanging wallpaper to seal the newly skimmed walls, this helped paper to stick and allow decorators time to position the paper but it actually makes the walls harder to paint as emulsion does not stick well to PVA and cannot soak into the plaster.
Can you plaster over wallpaper or do I have to remove the wallpaper before?
All surfaces need to be stripped before re-skimming can take place.
After removing the wallpaper I noticed that there are cracks, do they need plastering?
Some traditional two coat plaster can be 60 or seventy years old, cracking is normal, you might want to have the walls skimmed for a paintable finish but if you are hanging new paper generally you will be fine to carry on.
Can I plaster over Artex?
Generally speaking, you can plaster over Artex yes, some Artex can contain Asbestos though so please be careful not to disturb it. We usually recommend to overboard Artex ceilings to minimise the risks.
I have had water damage to my ceiling. Should the ceiling be completely re-plastered?
This depends on the extent of the damage, it’s possible to have the water damaged area cut out and repaired but the location and amount of damage would need to be taken in to account.
Can you simply patch up a damaged area?
Usually, damaged plaster can be removed and repaired to blend in with the remaining existing plastered surfaces.
Can I get my insurance company to pay for the plastering repairs?
This would depend on the insurance company you are covered by. Some will supply their own contractors; some may ask you to get three quotes for comparison. We offer free written quotes that you can forward on to your insurer.
How should I prepare the working area before your arrival?
Ideally, the area or room to be plastered should be clear of furniture as much as possible. This allows us to protect the floors with dust sheets and carpet protector so that when we are finished the room is as clean as when we arrive.
Do I need to fully remove my carpet to have the room plastered?
No. We will cover any flooring with the appropriate protection to keep it clean during our works.
Do you require access to water or electricity onsite?
We would need access to clean mixing water from a tap and power for our mixing equipment. We do have a portable generator, but these are impractical to use in a domestic plastering setting.
Will there be a lot of dust? How messy is plastering?
Plaster is supplied as a dry powder in 25kg bags, these need to be mixed with clean water on-site so there is unfortunately always going to be some dust that we cannot contain. All rooms are cleaned as we finish our work but over the next day or so, some dust will settle again. Nothing that a damp cloth or a bit of Mr sheen won’t take care of though so there’s no need to be concerned.
After you finish work do I have to remove any debris?
We remove our own waste material for disposal.
I am having a new bathroom fitted. At what point should the walls and ceiling be plastered?
Your bathroom fitter will usually call us in shortly after they have removed the old suite and tiles. We will then prepare the walls ready for painting or tiling when the new suite has been fitted.
What is skimming?
Skimming is the term used for a thin coat of finish plaster being applied over a new or existing surface. It is the skim finish that you will usually have done to freshen up the appearance of a room ready for painting.
What is dry lining?
People usually refer to dry lining as sticking boards to a wall or “dot and dabbing”. This method cuts down the drying time over a traditional two coat plaster or “float and set”.
How long will it take you to plaster one room?
For most average rooms to be plastered, we would need access for just one day. When we send you a written quote, we will explain how many days it will take to have the work completed.
What areas do your plasterer’s cover?
We cover all of Coventry and Warwickshire and the surrounding areas including Southam, Leamington Spa etc.
Do you do damp proofing?
Damp proofing is a specialist job and should be completed by experts such as Kilrot who would also offer a guarantee on their services.
Do you do coving work?
Yes, we can supply and install coving, there are several styles of coving and cornice so we would need to visit your property to discuss this properly with you.
Can you work alongside builders in a new development?
We work alongside builders and trades on a daily basis and are always happy to quote on a new development. We can work out a cost from approved plans also if you are trying to schedule the works well in advance.
Can the work be done on weekends?
Typically we would work in the week, access to your property in the form of a key is fine for us as we prefer the rooms to be empty while we work anyway but if it’s essential to have your plastering done at a weekend we can certainly arrange this.
What type of payments do you accept?
Our preferred method of payment is bank transfer.
Can you plaster around my radiators, sockets and light switches?
We will remove sockets and light switches before plastering to ensure the best finish. Radiators would ideally be removed prior to us arriving for that reason also.
What is the best time during the year to get outside rendering done?
Rendering is ideally done between March – October. Our weather in the UK makes planning external rendering difficult in the coldest months.
Can you render over old rendering or it has to be removed?
It is best to remove old render whenever possible. If the existing render is solid, then it can be rendered over also and last just as long. Each property and project is different though so this is specific to each job.
My wall or ceiling and it is uneven. Can I use undercoat plaster to even it out?
No, an undercoat plaster is very coarse and designed to fill out a deeper are
Uneven walls would usually be better off with a reskim.
What is the difference between a square and tapered edged plasterboard?
A square edge board is designed for plastering over. A tapered edge board is designed for taping and jointing where a specialist filler is applied to the plasterboard and sanded flat ready for painting directly on to the plasterboard. This method is usually used on a commercial scale i.e. hotels, warehouses etc for speed. It isn’t ideal for a home though as it is very easy to damage the wall surface.
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