You may face a situation where the plastering of your interiors requires emergency repairs due to leaking issues that stem from inferior quality roofing. What if you could simply dial your local roofer not only to repair the roofers materials but also tend to the plastering work for your ceiling?
It is good to know what a plasterer is all capable of when it comes to interior repair work
Besides, plasterers would apply plaster to the ceilings and walls of various homes to improve the looks of the space. Some of the projects they do would include the following:
Solid wall plastering: This would involve applying plaster to solid walls like brick or existing plastered walls in need of repairs. Plasterers would then level out, clean as well as prepare the surface in need of plastering. Once this is done, they would mix, then apply the plaster before finally completing the finishing coats.
Drywall plastering: Used for ceilings and walls, plasterboard or drywall plastering is often used. This is where experienced plasterers would advise on what type of drywall plastering technique would be best suited to your particular space. Also, they would also supply you with the needed materials.
Plaster repairs: When flakes or cracks makes its appearance in your plaster, you will need to repair it. Depending on the extent of the damage caused, plasterers would utilize various techniques for repairing the damaged plaster.
Questions You Should Ask When Hiring a Roofing Contractor
When contemplating hiring a professional plasterer or a roofing company, you should ask the right questions. For one, you need to know if they are able to do the plastering work you require.
While it might not be a problem when getting regular plastering jobs done, it will be a reason for concern when you intend tackling specialist plastering work in your home. For this, you would need to ask what kind of plastering experience they have as well as any references.
Also, try to get at least three quotes. Also, you need to feel comfortable to work with the plasterer or roofer you selected.
Once you got this out of the way, you should ensure the surface in need of repairs is adequately prepared.
Preparing Your Surface the Right Way
Firstly, you need to ensure the wall or ceiling surface you want to plaster free from dust and clean as it will not stick to dusty, damp, unstable or wallpapered surfaces.
Before you attempt any plastering job, you need to make sure existing plaster, paper or dust gets removed, or else the plaster will just not stick. Once the dirt is removed, you will need to put primer on the walls and ceiling using a mixture of water and PVA glue.
What this will do is reduce the actual absorption by the wall in need of plastering. If any of the walls you want to plaster are left untreated, they may suck out all the moisture of the plaster you apply before it even had time to set correctly. What is more, it will weaken the plaster’s strength, and you might find the wall end up lying on the floor in the end.
Also, the PVA mixture that you applied to the wall will ensure the plaster you apply set and bond to the wall. Plaster would need to be applied to the walls when the mixture is still sticky, but yet not too wet. For this, you can make use of your hand to test the walls. Should the wall be too wet, then you need to wait a little longer, until it is sticky enough.
Getting Your Plaster Mix Right
Following the preparation work would be getting your plastering mix just right. You need to add your plaster to the water, then add little bits at a time while stirring continuously to ensure a lump-free and smooth consistency. One way to see that you got it right is by adding plaster to your trowel when leveling without it sliding off. Another way is to stand a stick in the middle of your plastering bucket. If the stick can stand by itself without falling over, then your mixture is ready.
Cleanliness Ensures Great Plastering Work
As any professional plasterer and roofer would tell you, cleanliness, when plastering or installing new shingles, will go a long way in ensuring the work is completed to your satisfaction.
Imagine using buckets with dirt or old pieces of plaster sitting in it. Very soon you will find that the plaster mix would either set too quickly or even get spoiled. This can cost you a lot of time and money to sort out. Instead, ensure you follow good clean plastering habits from start to finish.