If you are planning to carry out any work on your home after Christmas, you may want to start looking at making a plan and deciding what tradespeople you need to bring into the project with you. One of the main tradespeople which you will need if you are doing any work on your home is a plasterer. Plasterers are trained specially to make sure that your walls are structurally sound and completely smooth. It might on the surface seem like a fairly straightforward job, but there is a lot of work that goes into that perfect finish.
There are two types of plastering work which are both common in the household: solid and fibrous plastering. Solid plastering is the classic way of applying plaster to the home and smoothing it over to give a seamless finish. Fibrous plastering is decorative plastering which you will often see on ceilings such as stippled effects or roses. Plastering is a trade which takes a long time to fully master which is why you may need to hire a plasterer if you plan on doing any of the following works to your home:
- Applying a wall or ceiling
- Restoring a damaged wall or ceiling
- Adding decorative finishes
- Rendering the outside of the home
Why do you need a professional?
If you are filling in a small spot on the wall and you don’t really mind what it looks like then you can easily do that yourself. However if you want to rip out features in the home and redo the walls; you will not be able to achieve that smooth finish that you want if you try to complete the work yourself. There are plenty of jobs which you can complete around the house yourself, but the plastering isn’t one of them. A plasterer will have years of experience doing jobs like these and they will be able to not only do the job better, but often they will complete a job much quicker too. It will save time and money on getting any repairs done on a botch job afterwards. The good thing is that you have someone you can go back to if the job isn’t quite right, whereas if you do it yourself you cannot get back that cost or the time it took you to complete it.
How to choose one
It can be difficult to find a builder when you first look at competing work on your house. It’s stressful and can take up a lot of time in the evenings asking your friends and family for recommendations. A simple way to look for a builder is the the local telephone book. There will be a host of different traders advertising their skills for you to pick from. If you would rather look online you can search on trusted trader and similar websites to see what people have said about their service and whether they are worth spending the money on. Try and make sure you find a plasterer who has a permanent address for doing business so that they cannot just disappear without a trace once the work is completed. It is crucial with any trade that you look out for the best qualified person for the job. There are certain levels of qualification your plasterer must have in order to work on a home, so make sure you check they have proof of their qualifications before they start work on your home.
Once you have narrowed down your search and found a few potential plasterers for your home, you will want to get them round to take a look and discuss a price for the job. Make sure that you request a full written breakdown of the costs for the labour and materials so that you can keep it as evidence later down the line if the plasterer tried to charge you a lot more for their services. Once you have chosen the best quote, ring up the plasterer and let them know. At this point make sure that there are not any other fees you may be charged for the work. You may have to arrange for someone to let them into your home if you are at work, and then make sure that you keep a window slightly open to let air into the room to aid drying. Your plasterer will most likely give you some advice anyway but it will be helpful if you can prepare a little bit in advance.