Answers to All Your Contracting Inquiries
IS PLASTERING MESSY?
There is a little dust from the plaster but It's not that messy, we make every effort to ensure a clean job.
All surfaces, walls, windows and doors will be cleaned after completion.
Any fixtures and fitting that are removed for plastering, will be refitted.
CAN YOU PLASTER ONTO ANY WALL OR CEILING?
The background is the most important part of plastering and it is not always possible to just skim over any wall or ceiling. Skim plaster should only be applied to a thickness of around 2-4mm.
Walls that are back to brick, in very poor condition or heavy Artex may need plasterboarding or floating with backing plaster first.
Ceilings that have many cracks or are too badly damaged may need overboarding with plasterboard before a plaster skim finish.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR PLASTER TO DRY BEFORE PAINTING
Drying times vary depending on the background and time of year. A small window should be left open so that moisture drawn from the walls can escape. What you are looking for is for the plaster to turn from a dark brown to a light pink colour.
HOW LOS DOES IT TAKE TO PLASTER A ROOM?
Most rooms can be completed in 1-2 days.
I HAVE A LOT OF CRACKS
If the cracks are deep and caused by movement, just reskimming will not cure them, the cause of the movement must be addressed first.
f the cracks are surface or hairline then a glass fibre scrim tape is applied before reskimming. This reinforces the crack and 'reduces' the chance of the cracks reappearing.
WHAT TIME DO YOU START?
We usually start works at 7am