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When planning your plastering project here are a few important elements to factor into your planning/budget:
What does it cost to plaster a wall or room? How much should you expect to pay?
Depending on where you are in the UK, prices will vary for plastering work.
The bottom line is that you get what you pay for. Going for the cheapest quote is not always the best option and may not get you the finished look that you require. Any good plasterer will have a portfolio of their work that they can share with you, so that you can see the work that they have previously undertaken.
Also consider what it is that you need doing. Are you looking to patch up part of your wall and therefore need a repair? Or do you need one wall plastered or are you looking to have a whole room skimmed?
Patch repair vs skimming a wall
If you are planning to paint a wall and need a small patch of wall repaired, you may get a better finish by skimming over the whole wall. Patch repairs can leave the patch with a different texture, which would be noticeable through the paint. But if you plan to wallpaper your room, a patch repair would suffice.
How long does it take to plaster a wall?
For a small repair, usually couple of hours for small repair.
For a whole wall allow half a day.
How long does it take for plaster to dry?
Plaster will normally be dry within a week but may take longer in the colder weather. If you want to paint the walls, you should leave it for around 10 days - you will be able to see when the plaster is completely dry as the colour will lighten in shade.
How much does a plasterer cost?
Most plasterers wouldn’t take on a job for less than £150.00 - even for a patch repair. It's not only the cost of the materials, but it is their time, fuel costs, as well as tax and National Insurance.
Are you looking to get a price for plastering your wall? We can help! Get in touch today on 0800 193 7877.
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Are you planning to decorate an internal wall?
Would you like to know if it's possible to to plaster over paint?
This is something that you could leave for your plasterer to take care of, or if you wanted to save some of your budget, you could do some preparation before the plastering professionals arrive.
What is plastering? Why should I plaster first?
If your walls are uneven or rough, if you want a perfect finish to your walls, we recommend plastering or skimming. Plastering is usually done on walls and ceilings. As well as providing a smooth finish, plastering can provide structural support to the wall or ceiling too.
Can I plaster over painted walls?
The answer is yes! Plastering over paint is a possibility, but it's essential that you ask yourself the following questions first:
1 Are the walls free from damages and cracks?
2 Has the existing paint peeled at all?
If you have replied yes to either of these questions, then additional preparation will be needed before the plaster can be applied.
Should I hire a professional plasterer?
Whilst you may be an avid DIYer there are some jobs that are not worth risking. The investment in professional services will pay itself off in the long run. After all, you don't want to sit back and stare at uneven walls for the foreseeable future.
Plastering is a highly technical skill. Hiring a professional plasterer, will guarantee that your walls will be perfectly smooth once the plaster has been applied. What's more is that when you go to paint it afterwards that the paint will bond properly.
Preparing the room for your plasterer
Before your plasterer starts, it is essential to clear the room out or cover anything that can’t be taken out of the room. Plastering is a messy job - regardless of who does it. If you are planning on keeping your existing flooring, make sure that it is properly covered up. We recommend a professional carpet protector that has a sticky back, as dust sheets will move and don't ensure complete protection.
Your plasterer will need access to a water supply - make sure that the route to the water supply is protected too.
Should I remove old skirting boards?
This depends on whether you want to keep them or not. If you want new ones, then removing them beforehand will save your plasterer having to do it.
Most plasterers will find it easier (and prefer) to plaster down to an inch or two above the floor rather than to skim down to the top of skirting.
If you want to keep your skirting boards in place, then any good plasterers will be able to skim down to the existing skirting boards. Note that this is more time consuming and will increase the cost of the job.
If you would like to know more about what is required for your renovation, give us a call today.