Plasterng Direct, owned and run by Carl Kells are based in Hythe (Hampshire) and can offer the following plastering services to Southampton and surrounding areas.
Plaster is a building material used for coating walls and ceilings, it is made as a dry powder and when mixed with water forms a thick paste which you thjen apply to walls or ceilings to provide a surface for painting or wallpapering. Plastering is the process of applying the plaster to the walls and is an art that is best carried out by a professional plasterer. It can be a DIY job but without the years of practice a professional has, the finish you will get will most likely not be acceptable for your home. Plaster can either be applied directly onto brickwork onto plasterboard or onto a previous coat of plaster. Plastering only requires a few tools, a hawk to carry the plaster, a trowel to apply the plaster and a float to achieve the smooth finish, depending on the size of the job you will also require a plaster mixer. More information on plastering tools here.
Skimming and plastering are often referred to as the same thing. Skimming actually refers to the final coat of plaster to achieve the smooth finish. If you were having new plasterboard fitted then you would only get a skim coat over the plasterboard. If on the other hand you were repairing damaged plaster then you would apply a bottom coat of plaster and let this nearly dry out then apply a skim coat on top.
You normally say “my walls need plastering” when they might just need a skim coat. Skimming is a term mostly used in the trade and plastering is a term that a customer would ask for when they need their walls made smooth.
Re-skimming is the application of a skim coat of plaster to an already plastered wall. This may be to fix some imperfections or to create a new surface for painting onto. The process of re-skimming is to apply a couple coats of PVA glue to provide a good bonding and apply a skim coat onto the already plastered surface.
Plastering over Artex
Plastering over artex is a common plasterers job. A lot of ceilings are coated in artex with ornate patterns, which most modern home owners do not like. To achieve a smooth surface for your ceiling a few coats of PVA glue are applied to the artex and then a coat of plaster is applied to the ceiling covering over the artex to achieve a smooth finish which can then be painted over.
Rendering is the application of cement to external or internal walls to achieve a smooth finish, for the most part this is for aesthetic reasons. It can also improve the waterproofing of a building and in some countries. The main ingredients of render are cement, sand, water and lime.
Theoretically, rendering could be a DIY job, it really depends on the results you want to achieve and how big an area you have to cover and how much time you have. Only an experienced plasterer can achieve the smooth, uniform result that you would expect of a professionally rendered surface. Professional rendering usually more than pays for itself, too, since it can dramatically improve the appearance of a home. Rendering with cement is physically demanding and best carried out by a qualified renderer.