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Plastering FAQ

How do I know your the right company to do the job?
We actively encourage our prospective clients to research us as much as possible. We have many pictures and reviews of our work available but we also offer the chance for them to accompany us to a recent job we are in the process of or one we have completed. We can also provide phone numbers for previous clients who are happy to talk to you.

What render do I want?
Thats a tuff one! We have special powers that allow us to plaster very well but were not mind readers just yet! It all depends on many factors. The current property condition is a big factor along with age, location, surrounding they all come into it when deciding. For instance it isn't best practice to put a new through coloured one coat Monocouche Render onto a very old cottage out in the country that is surrounded by other cottages with say a lime Render finish. It would stand out like a sore thumb and is also not the best product for that type of building. Give us a call and we can make a visit to determine whats best for the property.

Can you carry out the new External Wall Insulation (EWI) systems?
Yes we can. Some of our tradesmen are now approved installers for various systems such as Weber,Wetherby and Parex. We can carry out these projects to the highest of standards and specifications and include Insurance Backed Guarantees where necessary. Please call for a quotation.

Why have I got Artex?
Artex is a similar material to plaster but that’s where the similarities end. Artex was used many years ago as it was a cheaper and quicker alternative than modern plastering. It was used for many purposes. Decorative finishes used to be in but not anymore! It was also used to cover any lumps and bumps in uneven walls and ceilings. The thicker the pattern the more likely its hiding uneven surfaces but its easily rectified.

How is the Artex on my ceilings/walls covered?
Depending on where the Artex is depends on which method is used but it’s nothing major. Ceilings are either re-plasterboarded and skimmed, or if the Artex is only a light pattern its scraped to remove any high points and skimmed. Walls are similar to ceilings but instead of re-boarding they can be prepped with a backing plaster first to cover and then skimmed to smooth finish or if it’s a light pattern a 2 coat skim finish will suffice.

Can I do anything to prepare the room/reduce costs?
Of course! Simple things can help reduce our time spent on each job saving the customer money in the process. Each job varies but here's a few things that can be done prior to commencement: • Removing radiators. • Sheeting/protection of floors and carpets. (Carpets don’t need removing) • All furniture removed. All the above and more can help us, and also keep costs down. We will always have suitable sheeting with us to protect all necessary workspace. We’d also be really grateful for some power and cold fresh water for our mixing equipment.

Do I need to remove the wallpaper before plastering?
Yes please. Unless quoted for, all paper needs to be removed right down to those little sticky pieces usually still hanging on otherwise it will affect the finish.

We scraped the wallpaper off and now the walls look really bad with cracks and scags?
In many cases this is just down to the age of the walls and how much damage is created removing the wallpaper! Usually just skimming the walls will do the trick making them perfect for painting. It’s also down to personal preference! You may be happy just using some filler and making good. If you’re not sure then please call us! We’re here to help and advice. We don’t charge for advice!

If I wanted a new bathroom/kitchen at what stage does the plastering commence?
What we will do is communicate with the installers (if it’s not us) to work around a time that suits everyone. Usually all first fix work is completed first e.g. moving/insertion of any new pipe work or cables maybe even walls then the plastering is carried out before final fit (second fix) to complete the job.

When can my new plaster be painted/decorated over?
Many factors decide when its ready and they can vary dramatically. Generally the drying process of plaster is 7-10 days. During the process it will dry from dark brown to light pink. Don’t worry too much as we will advise approx times once were finished.

How do I 'seal' the plaster?
There are numerous ways to ‘seal’ new plaster the one we use has never failed us. Give the plaster a quick brush to remove any dust. Using white matt emulsion water down around 50:50 and then apply by brush or roller a mist coat. Don’t worry if its patchy it just needs to cover the whole area. This will help the top coats to adhere better but also to give a greater finish.

My ceiling is damaged due to a leak. What can I do?
The root cause needs to be identified first. Whether it be a leaky pipe or roof the leak needs to be stopped before any other work is carried out. Depending on the extent of the damage the affected area will need to be removed and replaced. If a sag has been created then its best to correct with new plasterboard and plaster. We can patch and blend most surfaces to get them looking identical again. In some cases the damage/sagging may not be visible immediately but if the ceiling has absorbed a high amount of water, in time it will cause lasting damage. Damp plasterboard is also a medium for mould growth which is bad for our health.

Can I get my insurance company to pay for the repairs?
Most probably. Check with your provider first but we can arrange a visit to assess the damage and then supply, free of charge a detailed quotation to submit to your Insurance provider. We will do all we can to make it as hassle free for you as possible. If needed we can deal direct with the Insurance company.

My walls have holes where I tried removing some tiles. Have I ruined them?
Just a little but they can be fixed easily enough! If you have plasterboard walls, either the whole board is replaced or if the holes are relatively small they can be filled and smoothed. It also depends on the new finish chosen. If retiling the wall then less work is likely than if you went for a painted finish. This also applies to walls of various background.

What do you base your prices on?
This is a very popular question. As no two jobs are the same no two prices can be either! Every job is unique and this reflects in our price. To achieve a quality finish every time we must prepare each surface along with sourcing the best materials for the job. These vary frequently which in turn alters each price. We aim to price each job as fairly and competitively as possible, the best way to achieve this is by arranging a visit for a quotation. We also have a pricing structure for letting agencies and builders etc with contractual work where a daily rate can be agreed if necessary

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