Plastering is a type of construction process that is used to create walls and ceilings without the use of drywall. Plastering may be recommended for areas with high humidity levels as this process may stand up to moisture and potential rot and mildew better than products with paper. It can also be applied with a custom look or finish, so that walls are textured if you prefer. When you're ready to hire a domestic plasterer like JDP Interior Linings to begin work on your home, note a few questions to consider first.
1. Always ask how long before you can paint over plaster
If the work you're getting done doesn't include a finished paint job, always ask how long you need to wait before you can paint over the material. This is because the answer will depend on the humidity levels of the home, how much ventilation the area gets, and the average temperature. What is called backing or renovating plaster may take longer than skim plaster; backing plaster is added to create the backing for walls and ceilings, whereas skim plaster is added over the current material. Whatever the answer, be sure you ask your contractor about your plastering job in particular so you don't add paint too soon and see it seep through and ruin the plaster.
2. Ask if plastering can be done around your radiators, switches and outlets, and other such fixtures
Very often it's good to have switches and outlets removed from an area where you will have new plaster applied, but you might ask about radiators and the like. Most domestic plasterers can protect your carpeting and anything not directly in contact with the walls, but you don't want to assume that something will be in the way of plasterers or that is should be removed before work begins. Be sure you discuss these requirements when a domestic plasterer visits your home for an actual inspection and estimate.
3. Note if the home has dampness or water damage
While plastering is often chosen to avoid water damage or in areas where drywall and such paper products are not recommended, you don't want to assume that plastering itself makes your home waterproof. If your home has a plumbing leak or water leaks around the foundation, these should be addressed before plastering begins. Your domestic plasterer may even be able to recommend a contractor who inspects a home and decreases its overall dampness before plastering work starts.