The job of plasterer is not easy as it involves dealing with the home and giving it a new look. Quality services offered by a plasterer doesn’t fade away easily and stays even after many years.
Before you call any plasterer and start with the work, ensure that your walls are plaster-ready, that will save you a lot of money when it comes to paying your plasterer. Also, this will save the time of a plasterer as he doesn’t need to rework on the removal of the old plaster and this will add to the time they spend their job on quality work.
Now you really need to understand what the things are you necessarily need to do before the plasterer comes.
How to prepare the room?
Before the start of any work, make sure that you clear the room and more importantly cover up everything that can’t be taken out of the room.
Since, all the plastering work require a good amount of water, make sure that there is a proper water supply. Try to provide a route to the water source without making a mess or disturbing plaster. Do cover carpets too.
How will Plasterer work to renovate?
Plastering Over Old Plasterwork
Now when it comes to your plasterer to apply a fresh skim coat to old plaster walls, you will first need to prepare your walls. If there is any damaged and crumbling old plaster, it is necessary to remove it off, before the brickwork beneath is cleaned off.
If there are any old pieces of wallpaper, scrap it away then apply an adhesive, such as a diluted solution of PVA, which works like a primer. You can also go for an alternative such as Blue grit, it is expensive than PVA but due to its small sand-like granules it sticks to the wall and provides a great ground for a new plaster coat.
Plastering Directly to Brickwork
This becomes sometimes necessary to plaster directly to old brickwork or blocks. This is more commonly done to cover up small areas of a wall where sections of old plaster have come away and are done as a ‘patching in’ job, rather than over an entire wall.
Skim coating not only leaves plaster in place, but it also helps in smoothing the surface of walls and ceilings with three or more thin coats of plaster. While doing skim coating, a plasterer can ensure a fine, smooth, level and durable finish of walls that will easily take paint or wallpaper.
Plasterers even try to cover up large patches and holes with drywall, to blend the repair into the rest of the plaster walls topped by thin layers of skim coated plaster. Since it’s important to fill these holes to renovate, a plaster expert can also fill the hole with an underlying substrate such as the lathe.
Repairing sagging plaster
It is important to repair the plaster if it is coming off. In case, any section of plaster has separated from the underlying lathe but is otherwise in good form, a plaster expert can use plaster pins to reattach the plaster. After that, he can skim coat over the pins so that they are not visible.
Repairing damaged plaster details
If somehow a part of decorative plaster details is broken, missing or melted, plaster can make it up using moulds, forms or freehand techniques. This kind of work is usually very expensive and requires advanced skills.
A plasterer can easily handle skim coating, significant repairs, and decorative plaster details. He can create perfectly smooth, level, and durable surfaces that will easily take paint or wallpaper. Transitions to adjacent surfaces such as mouldings will be appropriate and attractive.