Liverpool Plasterers

Plastering

We offer plastering services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Liverpool.
Plastering is a process in which plaster, such as plaster of Paris or gypsum plaster, is applied to the walls and ceilings of a room. It can be done with a paintbrush or trowel. The plaster then dries and hardens to form a smooth surface for painting. Plastering has been used for centuries as an alternative to paints because it creates a clean finish that doesn’t require priming before applying paint.

Importance of plastering

The list of the benefits of plastering is as follows:

– plastering creates a clean finish that doesn’t require priming before applying paint

– plaster is more durable than skim plaster or joint compound

– the smooth surface of plaster reduces condensation and eliminates drafts for better energy efficiency.

Also, plastering helps to reduce noise and plaster creates a good acoustic environment.

Tools we use for plastering and their uses

Shears

These come in handy for cutting plasterboard edges so they fit flush with other materials (such as laths) before applying plaster onto them.

Float

A float is a flat tool, usually made of steel or wood, which has been coated in plaster and applied onto the surface to make it smoother for painting over with plaster

Brush

Brushes are used by plasterers on larger scale projects where they will apply plaster to walls using long strokes before smoothing up the plaster with a trowel

Plasterboard tools

Plasterboard tools such as plasterer’s hawk or plasterboard knife are commonly used when applying plasterboards over laths; these helpers facilitate spreading out of the plaster evenly across the wall without leaving any air bubbles behind – after all, this could lead to cracks later on.

Hammer

Hammers are used for plastering on a smaller scale, such as plastering cornices.

Trowel

For small jobs, it is typically enough to just use a trowel to apply plaster onto walls. A trowel has an edge at one end which makes this task much easier than using a paintbrush. They are also commonly used with squeegee scrapers where they will push on the base coat of wet plaster then scrape off excess plaster from the surface with another tool so as not to leave any plaster residue that can be seen.

Handsaw

Plasterboard saws are a type of handsaw that can be used with plastering, but they’re less common than the plaster-specific types.

Rollers

These tools are useful when applying plasters to more sensitive surfaces such as ceilings or intricate areas where troweling is difficult; they also help reduce dust generated by the application of plaster on walls.

Dust mask

This could protect you from breathing in airborne particles from the plaster mix – not only those created during the application but also any loose bits left over after finishing off your work.

Spackle knife

This tool can be used to apply plaster onto vertical surfaces, such as around pipes or other fixtures.

Mixers

When the plaster is mixed on-site before use, a mixer will make it easier to prepare a consistent mix of plaster that’s ready for application.

Buckets

A plaster bucket can be used to mix plaster on-site, or it could also be filled with plaster and carried around the job site for application.

Utility knife

A utility knife is a plastering tool that offers versatility, allowing you to scrape and cut plaster.

Metal scraper

This plastering tool comes in handy for scraping up old plaster or paints off surfaces before applying new plaster.

A vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter

A vacuum cleaner can be used on-site after finishing the plastering work to help clean up any loose debris left behind.

Wallpaper stripper

To prep walls before the plasterer’s work, remove wallpaper by using this specialized plaster preparation tool–just make sure your surface is degreased first so it doesn’t leave residue behind when scraped away from the wall.

Paddle mixer

A plaster mixer can be used to create a fresh batch of plaster or plaster-based product.

Bucket with lid

This is the traditional container for mixing plaster on-site, but many plasterers prefer using wheelbarrows nowadays instead.

Plasterboard (or plasterboard) sheets

These are drywall panels made from gypsum plaster and cement that you use to build up walls as part of rendering–allowing it to come in different thicknesses depending on your needs. Once installed, these boards provide more insulation than standard drywall sheeting would.

Mortarboard

This holds the plaster in place while you’re working with it and can be made from wood or metal.

Reflective sheeting

Reflective sheeting is typically suspended to keep dust away from work areas during rendering. They also help direct light so you don’t need to use additional artificial lights when plasters and mortars are drying–saving energy costs.

Plaster gauges/plaster rods

These tools have different thicknesses depending on what your needs may be; some might prefer a thicker plaster rod (or gauge) for installation purposes, but others will want a thinner plaster rod to create a more delicate look.

Mortar

Mortar is the adhesive substance that holds plaster together, and plaster gauges are used with mortar as well.

Putty/putties

Putties can be found in varying levels of hardness depending on your needs–some might want putties to use for filling small holes or gaps while others may prefer them because they’re easier to work with than mortars due to their softer consistency.

Hawk

A plastering hawk is a tool that you’ll use to smooth out your plaster, and it’s recommended for those who want an extra-smooth plaster job.

Lath

Laths are typically used as the surface of plaster walls–you can choose from different sizes depending on what size gaps they’re meant to cover up.

Paintbrush

Paint Brushes are used to brush plaster onto walls.

Plasterboard/plaster mesh/other types of board

These boards are needed when working on larger plaster projects and they’re typically what carpenters or builders would recommend using.

Typesetting paste

Typesetting pastes are traditionally known for being white so there’s no need to paint plaster.

The process we use for plastering

The plastering process can differ depending on the type of plaster and plasterboard you use. On large plasters, carpenters or builders may recommend using plasterboards as opposed to normal laths (which are traditionally used for smaller gaps).

Firstly, we plaster the plasterboard with a typesetting paste. This is done to make sure there’s no plaster seeping through and then we plaster up using a thickness of at least 150mm, which can be made by mixing in more plaster or water as necessary.

The process includes:
– applying plasterer’s “wet mix” plastering over any surfaces that need filling (often leaving it for a day)
– creating backing pieces from wood laths covered with thin layers of plaster on both sides underneath where you want to apply the new plaster surface

Then we use timber strips into trenches cut in the floor around each wall plate, making sure they’re level so everything will meet flush when all finished. We also put down sheet materials like metal.

Different types of plastering

Special effects plastering

This is a process involving plaster and plastering products, such as paints or pigments.

Flat plasterwork

This is plaster that has been applied to a wall in one layer without any texture being added (except for occasional shrinkage cracks)

Marble plastering

This plaster is made to closely resemble the surface of a marble. It can be applied on plasterboard or directly onto walls

Textured plasterwork

This type of plastering will have been textured using techniques such as screeding, gauging, and combing before application

Fibrous plastering

This is a plaster that was applied using fibrous materials such as hemp, straw, and cotton.

Self-adhesive plastering

This type of plaster can be used on either plasterboard or walls. It is applied in one layer with no need for the use of lath (a shaped framework)

Laminated plastering

Laminate plasters are usually made from cement material mixed with an aggregate which may include sand, lime, horsehair, or asbestos fiber to provide strength and flexibility

Heritage plastering

This plaster is applied to the walls of older properties with a traditional plaster finish

Machine plastering

Machine plastering is the most common type of plaster used in modern construction.

Maintenance plastering

This plaster can be applied to prevent mold growth and make a room look fresh again for when it’s time to sell your property

Sarking plastering

Sarking plaster provides protection from water damage by sealing gaps between walls and windowsills or filling holes around pipes etc., with an impervious material

Solid plastering

Solid plastering is used to coat the outer skin of a building or structure

Stonewash plastering

This plaster can be applied in a cyclical way so that it gradually builds up over time, giving your property an aged look

Dry lining plastering

Dry lining plaster is plaster applied to surfaces that are not exposed to the elements.

Bonding plastering

Bonding plaster, also known as “remedial plaster”, is a specialized type of plaster used in refurbishment work where patches have been made on walls or ceilings, and where there’s no need for an additional layer

Tadelakt plastering

Tadelakt plaster is a plaster made of lime, sand, and marble dust mixed with water. It has an extremely high-luster finish

Rag plastering

This type of plaster was used among the Ancient Egyptians for building pyramids

Kitchen plastering

A plaster made with a mixture of lime and sand, designed for plastering the inside surfaces of kitchen worktops

Venetian plastering

A plaster made from a mixture of lime, sand, and marble dust mixed with egg white

Stucco plastering

This type is used for surfaces that need to be painted or plastered to provide decoration rather than protection against dampness

Internal plastering

Plaster applied internally over timber laths on internal walls

Polished plastering

A plaster that is usually applied to ceilings and high surfaces

External plastering

Plaster applied externally over timber laths on external walls

Italian plastering

A plaster made of lime and sand with a high proportion of marble dust

Boiled plastering

Plaster produced from slaked gypsum plaster

Lime plastering

Plaster made with lime only

Living room plastering

Plaster applied to the living room walls of a house

Long plastering

Plaster that is continuous horizontally for several spans and usually has a decorative surface pattern

Damp-proof plastering

A plaster that seals dampness in buildings

Terracotta plasters

Plaster with an orange or brown color, made from burnt clay mixed with sand, used as decoration on surfaces such as ceilings and external walls

Bathroom and spa plastering

Plaster work in a bathroom or spa

Cladding plastering

Plaster applied over timber cladding on the exterior of buildings

Heat-proof plastering

It is relatively impervious to heat and does not crack.

Scratch-resistant plastering

Plaster with a surface resistant to scratching by hard materials such as metal, stone, or wood.

Pointing plaster

A type of plaster for plinths, lintels, and window sills in which the lime putty dries extremely quickly on application.

Frequently Asked Questions

We want to help you out, so we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you to be informed about the answers. You can go through them and get your queries answered if anything comes up!

We want to help you make your project as perfect and problem-free as possible! Reach out if there are any questions or issues that need addressing.

Is plastering a messy job?

No, not at all! The plaster will often dry within minutes after application which means that cleanup should take no more than five minutes

Are there hazards in plastering?

Yes, plastering can be a hazardous task. There are dangers of breathing in plaster dust so it’s important to wear masks and protective clothing if you’re plastering an area outside the home or in your living room where there is potential for mold growth

Do you need to wash the walls before plastering?

No! You should only have any type of liquid applied if they’re already painted with an oil-based paint such as latex paints which are water-soluble so that it doesn’t ruin whatever surface has been plastered over time due to high humidity levels and condensation when there’s not enough ventilation.

How long after plastering can you put the heating on?

As soon as plaster dries (usually between 12-24 hours) it is safe to turn heaters back on but we recommend waiting until 24 hours has passed before applying paint or wallpaper so they don’t get damaged by excess moisture from humidity levels rising

The average cost of plastering

The cost of plastering depends on factors like how many square feet you need to be plastered, how much time will be spent plastering your house (a couple of hours versus multiple days), whether you have any mold damage that needs fixing first, etc., but on average this service costs about $0.70 – $0.90 per square foot in the US (not including paint or plaster materials).