Plastering Altrincham

Altrincham Plasterers: Plastering jobs come in all shapes and sizes and no matter how big or small, you will want to locate a skilled and professional plasterer to work on your property in Altrincham. Plastering is not really something you can do yourself, it can take years of practise to perfect.

When trying to achieve a number of home improvement jobs, you have to consider the possibility of plastering work being required. It could be re-plastering a ceiling, screeding, plaster skimming dry lining or fitting coving or mouldings before decorating. In reality, it may be any one of a large number of plastering related tasks.

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Any top notch Altrincham plasterers will carry a portfolio (or at least some photos) of successfully completed jobs, ask to see it so you can make sure they know their stuff. You do not want to get landed with a bunch of "cowboys" doing your plastering. You will soon come to realise the many problems that can arise as a result of substandard plastering.

The moment a coat of paint goes on a freshly plastered wall or ceiling, you will soon notice any imperfections. Any defective plastered surface will look even worse in bright sunlight. By using experienced plasterers in Altrincham, you should hopefully avoid problems such as this.

Being simply a base onto which other materials are applied, means that plastered surfaces must be smooth and level above all else. A badly plastered area may cause serious difficulties with the installation of kitchen units, the tiling of wall surfaces, the fitting of skirtings and the decorating of walls and ceilings.

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You can always tell the most experienced Altrincham plasterers because they consistently get a polished finish, right from the trowel. Any professional plasterer will tell you that a correctly plastered wall or ceiling should never need sanding down to achieve a good finish. If a lot of sanding is taking place, the plastering was not done properly in the first place. Be very wary of re-hiring plasterers who make use of orbital sanders.

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A typical reason for calling in a plasterer these days, is to plaster over an old artexed ceiling. The "in" finish for ceilings in the 1970's and 80's, artex is not so widely used in Altrincham currently. To get all your artex ceilings looking fresh and modern again, most Altrincham plasterers will be more than happy to plaster over them. If you're a bit retro in your taste, you might want to give your currently smooth ceilings a little character by actually putting on some artex.

Screeding in Altrincham

Screeding Altrincham: Some plasterers in Greater Manchester can also offer a floor screeding service, whereby a new level floor surface is created using a cement mix. Screeding is typically put on over a rougher concrete sub-floor to be covered with an appropriate floor finish (such as carpet, vinyl, tiles or floor boards), to encase underfloor heating pipes or to be left as a wearing floor surface. A correctly laid screed can help to lengthen the life of a floor and establish its finish, durability and quality. The hand mixing of screed should only be used where smaller areas are involved, in all other cases a proper screed pump should be used to rapidly produce an even, smooth mix of sand, cement and water and to pump this perfect mix directly to its required location, avoiding the need for wheelbarrows and similar equipment.

Pebble Dashing Altrincham: Some people love it and some people hate it but pebble dashing has been around for many years and used to protect and decorate the outside walls of homes in Greater Manchester. There are pebble dashing specialists out there, but often Altrincham plasterers will be willing to do this type of job for you. Pebble dashing (or pebbledashing) is a form of external wall covering which typically consists of two layers of a base made of lime and sand onto which small gravel or pebbles are firmly pressed to form an attractive, maintenance free and strong finish on both new and renovated houses. (Tags: Pebble Dashing Altrincham, Pebble Dashers Altrincham)

Dry Lining Altrincham (Plasterboarding): Some plasterers in Altrincham also provide dry lining services (plasterboarding), which are required in plenty of improvement projects. Dry lining is the process where plasterboard is fixed to a wooden studding or joist, a masonry or brickwork surface or Gypframe metal framing to form a wall surface that doesn't have to be plastered. Whilst it's possible to paint or decorate the plasterboard surface itself, generally most choose to get the plasterboard skimmed with a thin plaster coat afterwards to give it an extra smooth finish. As for fittings, when fixing plasterboard to wood joists or studding, drywall screws or nails are used, when fixing to a brickwork or masonry wall "dot and dab" adhesive is used and when fixing to a metal framework self-tapping (or Jack-Point screws) are used.

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