Q: How long do I have to wait before I can paint my new plaster?
A: You should wait at least 7 days or until the plaster changes colour from dark brown to light pink. If you want us to paint, we can certainly return to do this.
Q: Do I have to remove the wallpaper before the walls are plastered?
A: Yes, walls have to be free of wallpaper to ensure proper adhesion of the new plaster, but if you want us to carry this out we can certainly do this for you.
Q: After removing the wallpaper, I’ve noticed there are some cracks. Does it need re-plastering?
A: Not necessarily, it depends on the level of the damage. In some cases they can be filled, although to achieve a uniform finish then the walls would benefit from re-plastering.
Q: Can you plaster over Artex?
A: Artex can be covered over, but requires more applications of plaster.
Q: I have had a water leak which is causing my ceiling to sag, should the ceiling be totally re-plastered?
A: In most cases the ceiling should be replaced and re-plastered.
Q: I have had water damage to my ceiling, will the insurance company pay for the repairs?
A: Yes, after inspection of the property, we will provide you with a written quote for them.
Q: I just want some coving done, can you do this?
A: Yes, of course. We supply and fit all types of coving.
Q: How do I prepare the room before the plasterers arrival?
A: Plastering is a wet trade and therefore the room needs to be cleared of fixtures and fittings. If carpets can be removed then that is best, but if not we will use dust sheets to try our best to protect your flooring.
Q: Will there be any dust?
A: Yes, dust may be quite heavy at times, depending on what work is taking place. Although we will make every effort to protect your home, we can’t be responsible for problems caused by dust. Dust is a normal part of the plastering process and needs to be considered by the building owner.
Q: What will the plasterers need on site?
A: Generally we will require clean water to mix materials and electricity. We will also need an area set aside for mixing the materials as this area can get very messy. We also need adequate ventilation and a small storage area for dry materials – as well as somewhere to park the van.
Q: I am having a new bathroom fitted. When is the best time to plaster the walls and ceiling?
A: After the old suite has been removed and the plumber has carried out the ‘first fix’ (e.g. pipes plumbed in for the new suite). If you having spot lights fitted, it is best just to have the wires ready for them. If they are already fitted, they can just be popped out and plastered around.
Q: I am having a new kitchen. When is the best time to plaster the ceiling and walls?
A: Much like a bathroom – once the pipes and electrics have been fitted but before the new units are installed.
Q: Do you charge per square metre?
A: No, as every job is different and requires different levels of preparation and varying types of materials to ensure a quality finish. Plaster has to be worked to a smooth flat finish over a period of 2 – 4 hours, so small areas can take a similar amount of time as a large area. If you have 2 ceilings to be plastered, it would generally be more cost efficient to get us to do them at the same time, rather than calling us back for 2 visits.