Plaster is a concrete, sand, and water mixture that is added to the top of textured walls and ceilings to even out their surface layer. Plaster provides a clay-like substance that’s spread over the top of other wall materials such as brick, stone, and even concrete, to level out the wall and smooth any cracks, creases, holes, or imperfections in the wall. Plaster can be a technical and difficult material to apply so it’s best left to the professionals to layer plaster.
Wall plastering can be done in as little as one day. The important part, however, is to ensure that plaster receives enough time to dry before any more layers or solutions are added to the surface layer. Walls that have recently been plastered should be allowed at least a few days to dry before adding primers or paints. When we plaster your walls, we always take precautions to cover the floors and furniture to avoid plaster dripping onto unnecessary places.
Due to the location of ceilings or their current state, it may take longer to plaster ceilings than standard walls. This is because some ceilings will need to be cleared before adding plaster. For older ceilings that have the popcorn-like or texture, will need to be cleaned of any dusty residue that flakes from the surface of the ceiling. Not removing this can result in small pieces of the so-called ‘popcorn’ sticking to the plaster and creating an uneven finish. Once cleared of dust, flakes, and residue, the ceiling is then ready to be plastered.
While the appearance of plaster isn’t one that you’d exactly rave about, it does provide you a starting ground to get creative. If you are plastering over brick or other building materials that cannot easily be painted, newly-plastered walls offer the basic appearance that lets you customize them in every which way. Once a wall has been plastered, you have the freedom to paint over it using standard wall paints. You’ll need a primer and to add what’s called a ‘mist’ layer of paint, as adding paint to a recently-plastered wall can cause the paint to dry quickly and peel even quicker. Adding a diluted mist layer of paint will prevent this from happening and can enhance the color of your final product.
The cost of installing plaster ranges depending on the size of the room you’re looking to have work done in. Larger walls and ceilings or space to cover will incur more expenses. Plaster has long been known for its stability and strength, so when you invest in plaster to cover your walls and ceilings, you’ll be getting quality for its entire use. If the cost of plaster is what’s setting you apart from installing it, we’re here to help make the decision a bit easier. If a product or service doesn’t fit into our clients’ budgets, we find alternatives and make suggestions or work out payment plans that deliver the services to our clients without compromising the quality of their home.