Plaster is something we don’t tend to notice unless there is something wrong with it. A good smooth coat of plaster provides the ideal surface to decorate inside your home. Over time it may deteriorate, have lumps gouged out of it or be damaged through the over-zealous removal of wallpaper while decorating. Damp patches can cause the plaster to ‘blow’ – that is, to move away from the wall. You’ll know if this is the case – knocking on it will produce a hollow sound you won’t get from the rest of the wall.
Regardless of the reason you want a patch, ceiling or entire room re-plastered, it helps to know more about it before you dive in.
How Much Will A Plasterer Charge?
Many people find plasterers expensive, but this is often because the best ones make the job look incredibly easy. Remember: many years of experience have gone into making it look that easy, if you’ve ever sat and watched someone do it. You are paying for a level of professionalism that will provide you with the smooth plastered surface you are looking for.
The price you will pay depends on a number of things:
- The size and complexity of the job
- The individual plasterer and their level of experience
- The location you are in
For example a London-based plasterer is likely to be pricier than one based in the countryside in Wales. Similarly most people would understand that getting an entire room re-plastered is going to cost more than having a single small ceiling re-done.
A ceiling skim might cost less than £100 for a small room but it will typically be a couple of hundred pounds, perhaps more. An entire room is likely to cost approximately £750 on average to plaster. Remember that averages take into account the sharp differences in charges between plasterers in locations like London to those in more rural places. They also take into account the differences in room sizes.
To have a room drylined and then skimmed to finish you could be looking at upwards of £1,000 and possibly a lot more, again depending on the size of the room. Whatever you need to get done, get a selection of quotes to determine the best person for the job.
Skimming is the process used to provide the finished layer. Drylining is where plasterboard is used to get a good layer that is then skimmed to finish. The traditional plastering job is called wet plastering – which is exactly what it sounds like. Wet plaster goes on the wall, is left to dry and the plasterer then returns to skim a thin finishing layer over the top.
Always Go For The Professional Touch and Finish
This is the most important thing to remember. Many people assume plastering is easy – until they actually have a go at it themselves. While you might get away with doing a reasonable job on a small patch, the chances are you’ll still see a difference between that area and the surrounding area when you’ve painted or wallpapered over the top of it.
Even the keenest of DIY plasterers will go pale at the thought of tackling a ceiling. After all gravity is firmly against you there! Similarly the thought of doing an entire room is more than many people would consider. This is why most people are more than happy to find a good plasterer they can rely on.
A professional plasterer will have experience and the ability to provide a finishing touch that is impossible for a novice to achieve. If you want your home to look its best the plastering needs to be done properly – and that means finding a reputable plasterer for the job.