When I think of a plasterer, I always think of an older Italian man who might also specialize in drywall. The truth is, a plasterer does both drywall and plastering. Anybody can plaster; anyone can use a hammer and nails to build an outside wall. While it’s true that any DIY weekend warrior could complete that task, believe it or not, it takes some serious skill to properly plaster even the smallest of apartments.
So, you’ve decided that the wooden rafters or ceiling in your home are in a poor state and need attention. You’ve got two options now…either get your hands covered in plaster or call a plasterer to carry out the work for you. But which one is right for you? What should you consider before making your decision? Let me help you make an informed choice before deciding whether to plan, plaster, or call a plasterer!
Which type do you need?
The two main classes of plastering work are solid plastering and fibrous plastering. Solid plastering involves techniques for working with cement, sand, and lime to create a non-structural shell, which is then filled with an infill material like fiberglass or paper to add strength and stability to the shell. Basically, it involves laying sheets of material on a surface that are then covered with plaster layers.
Fibrous plastering places an exterior finish over a solid core. Fibrous plastering is suitable for work on external walls where it can absorb some impact and protects against moisture.
Hiring or DIY?
As a DIY job, plastering does not come in a lot of messiness. Many DIY enthusiasts take up the challenge to learn plumbing and tiling as DIY jobs as well, but plastering is much easier since it is just a mix of lightweight mud and buy some plaster supplies in Melbourne. But for those with no prior skills or those with less confidence in their abilities of tiling and wallpapering, the plastering job must be left up to the professionals since there is no room for errors.
Anyone can hold a trowel and dollop some gypsum onto a wall. But plastering a ceiling is more than just slapping a layer of lath over the wood – it’s knowing how to feather out the plaster so that you get even coverage, rather than an inconsistent finish that takes on an uneven appearance. For this job, you need patience and be prepared to spend a lot of time on your hands and knees, scraping off any areas where the cement has got too hot and then smoothing out the resultant holes …
How to find one?
Hiring a plasterer can be a bit like playing Russian Roulette, what you’ll get might be great, but there’s an equal chance that your plastering project will be delayed or ruined completely. Working with a reputable plasterer will make sure the job goes smoothly.
A warning to all homeowners; ask your plasterer if they are insured. Plasterers always carry out work on the interior of your home, plastering and painting walls or the ceilings, often working alongside your decorating contractors or even inside your own home, having to move furniture and furnishings. They can cause damage without you even knowing it, as any delay in reporting damage could mean you’re left with huge repair bills.