The cost of having new plaster on your walls or ceiling will largely depend upon the size of the room or walls that you wish to have plastered. Renovation of the plaster will first mean the removal of the current plaster, which can be a messy job. You should make sure that you remove all the furniture you can or cover items with dust sheets. You may also have to budget for a skip so that the builders can dispose of the plaster waste from your current wall.
Do always ask your builder if this included in their quote or will be extra. In most cases your plasterer will be putting the new plaster on to existing plaster board. If the old plaster board is damaged or damp then your plasterer will suggest first installing new plaster board before starting the work.
They may also suggest this will be easier and cheaper in certain cases. New plaster board will already have been fitted if the wall is a new wall. With internal brick walls, plaster will have to be chipped off before new plaster can be applied.
Once your plasterer has done any prep work then they will set about plastering your ceiling and walls. Plastering is a skill and an experienced professional should be able to apply an even coat that is flat the whole way up. They will also agree to return to deal with any cracks that may appear when the plaster dries.
Cracks are a fairly common occurrence upon drying and this does not suggest a poor job. The plaster will usually be applied in two layers. One of these is to bond and the second is the flush, flat finish. The finished layer should then be ‘polished’ with a wet trowel.
Remember that plastering is one of those jobs that can take longer to complete in different environments. Plaster will dry quickly on a warm summer day but take much longer on a damp autumn one. The plasterer will usually cost up the job on the basis of a price per square metre, but this price could be influenced by the difficulty of the job and the time it will take. But you will end up with a great finish that is far more natural and of better quality than simply plain plasterboard.
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