Plastering in the building industry used for finishing walls has been used for centuries and is still a popular option for both interior and exterior walls. If you have been looking at getting your walls redone, you can’t look past plastering as an option.
What is plastering?
Plastering consists of using plasterboard which is screwed into the wall frames to form the interior walls. It is then covered with drywall compound to cover the seams and make the wall seem like one single piece. Once this is done, wallpaper is sometimes used on top of the plaster, or the wall can be painted. Some also choose to leave the plaster raw. For exterior walls, sand and cement with water proofer must be used to withstand against weather conditions.
Correctly plastering a wall takes a great amount or practice, skill, and following a correct procedure. You don’t want the plaster to crack or peel off the wall, and you want it to withstand the test of time. So preparation, correct mix for the application, correct application of the plaster are all crucial to ensure a tip top job.
Wet plaster walls
A big issue in New Zealand was with leaking homes, which was catastrophic for homes that has plaster walls which were left unattended to. The walls soak in the water, which then rot and there is no way of repair, which means that the whole wall will need to be replaced.
So what do you do if you have wet plaster walls? If it’s a small amount of water, such as a splash or some wet clothing rubbing against it, this typically won’t be detrimental. Wipe it off quickly with a dry cloth and you will will remain solid. Sometimes aiming a fan at the wet spot is beneficial if it still feels damn.
If it is a significant amount of water on the plaster, it can quickly soften and loosen the plaster, especially if left untreated. This type of damage is often found after leaks, such as in the leaky homes referred to earlier. It is very common in basements. The thing to keep in mind is the longer the water sits, the more damage it will cause, and will eventually begin to have a negative impact on the air in the home. So this is something that should be remedied as soon as it is discovered.
Using a licensed plasterer will ensure that you get a job of the highest standards. Licensed plasterers must undergo correct training and several years of practice to ensure that their finishes are up to and beyond standard, every time. They have spent years perfecting their skills to the point where you can expect a 100% finish every time.
Our team of licensed plasterers will ensure that your home has the finish you desire, whether the plastering is internal, external or both. Our team have spent years plastering homes all over New Zealand and will meet and exceed your expectations. Talk to us today and let us begin your plastering!