Plastering, in one form or another, has been utilized in construction since as early as 7500 B.C. and has seen quite a few advancements over the centuries. Even now, in the age of instant communication, synthetic materials, and complex machinery, this ancient construction method still looms large in the modern building industry.
So, what makes plaster such a desirable building material, and why is plastering still used today?
The Benefits Of Plastering
There are a number of benefits that plastering can offer the modern home. Here are just a few:
Plaster is an incredibly versatile material when it comes to aesthetics. It can be decoratively molded, textured, and colored. Many different looks can be achieved by a skilled plasterer. Mirror-like finishes, matte finishes, textured finishes, molded designs, and embossed designs are just a few of the options available to add character and charm to your home through plastering.
Properly applied and cured plaster is extremely resistant to a number of environmental stresses, such as mold and mildew, scratching, and even fire. A properly installed and well-maintained plaster wall can last for decades, depending on a number of factors.
The process of plastering walls is virtually dust-free and most common construction materials can be plastered over with little or no special preparation.
Types Of Plastering
Now that we know the general benefits of plaster, let’s take a look at a few of the different methods of plastering that are commonly used by professional plastering services.
This plastering method employs the application of various layers of wet plaster that are built up to form a base for a final finishing layer of plaster that is applied once the desired thickness has been attained.
This is the most traditional and time-tested method of plastering.
This is a method of applying plastering to a wall via the use of prepared, dry sheets of plaster called plasterboard, most commonly known as drywall.
Plasterboard sheets are used to line the interior of a structure to provide a flat surface to which paint or finishes can be applied.
This is the method by which both dry-lining and wet plastering are finished. It involves the application of a layer of plaster that is then smoothed out over the surface it is covering to create a suitable surface to receive paint or finish.
This method is sometimes used as a less-expensive alternative to a full plastering project by simply skimming an existing surface, such as plasterboard to achieve the desired aesthetic effect of a full plastering.
This type of plastering uses plaster that is free of aggregates. The purity of this mixture allows for a subtle, iridescent finish that plays well with natural light.
This is a type of plaster made from pure, natural clay and aggregates. Like traditional gypsum plaster, this material can be used to achieve a wide range of textures, and colors through the use of various natural ochres and aggregates.
Lath And Plaster
This is a method of building a wall that uses horizontal slats of wood which are then plastered over to form a smooth surface. While this method of plastering was the go-to method before the arrival of plasterboard, it is still used today for decorative applications for which drywall is unsuitable, such as rounded features.
Many people believe that stucco is basically the same thing as plaster, the only difference being that plaster is used inside while stucco is used for outdoor applications. This isn’t quite true.
While the methods of application are basically the same, plaster is softer than stucco because it is a gypsum-based material, whereas stucco is portland cement-based. The added durability provided by the portland cement is precisely why this material is best for outdoor applications.
Common Questions About Plastering
If you are like most people, you probably have a lot of questions about plastering you would like to have answered before you consider using it in your home. Here are a few of the most common questions we receive from our clients and their answers.
How Long Before I Can Paint Or Tile My Newly Plastered Walls?
This is a question whose answer depends on a number of unpredictable factors such as humidity, temperature, thickness of the plaster, and more.
When we have finished plastering your walls, we will advise you as to when they will be ready to be painted. Generally, it is advisable to wait at least a week before tiling your painting your newly plastered walls.
How Long Will It Take To Plaster My Walls?
Again, this will depend on a number of factors but it generally takes 1-2 days to plaster a single room.
How Should We Prepare Our Home For Your Arrival?
You won’t have to worry about preparing too much, but we do ask that the room be free of furniture and that children and pets are kept away from the work area to protect their safety.
Many people have concerns about protecting their carpet, molding, and cabinetry or other wall-based features. No worries! Here at All Pro Painters, we work very cleanly and will take all of the steps necessary to protect your home from any mess that could result from the plastering process.
Are You Looking For High-Quality Plastering Services?
If you’re looking for professional plastering service in the Ottawa area, why settle for less than the best? All Pro Painters has been in the business of making your walls look great for over thirty years and our reputation speaks for itself.
We’ll help you achieve your remodeling and decorating goals on-time and on a budget. Contact us today and find out why All Pro Painters is Ottawa’s premier plastering service.