Plastering Kingston upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames Plasterers: If you have some plastering that needs doing on your home in Kingston upon Thames, you will be looking for a skilled and professional plasterer to do a proper job on your behalf. It doesn't matter if it is just a small patch, a whole room or your entire property, it is important that you get a decent tradesman. Plastering can take years of practise to perfect, so you shouldn't attempt to do it by yourself.

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A certain amount of plastering work can be created by even the smallest home improvement projects. It might be fitting coving or cornices before decorating, plastering over an old artexed ceiling, skimming dry lining or plaster repair before tiling. In truth, it could be any of hundreds of plastering related chores.

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Ask to see some photos of previously completed work when meeting with prospective Kingston upon Thames plasterers, anybody who knows their stuff will be glad to do this and have nothing to hide. This is not the sort of work you want to be trusting to "cowboys". Even inferior plastering can sometimes look passable at first glance, but as work progresses, the problems start.

Once you start decorating the defects will begin to show up. Defective surfaces become even more accentuated in bright daylight. So, make sure you only consider competent plasterers in Kingston upon Thames.

Since plaster is always covered up with other materials it is easy to forget how important it is that it is level and smooth. A badly plastered surface will cause severe problems with the installation of kitchen units, the fitting of architraves, the tiling of wall surfaces and the wallpapering and painting of the surfaces.

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You can always tell the best Kingston upon Thames plasterers because they invariably get a perfect finish, straight from the trowel. Sanding (especially with machine tools) should never be necessary on newly plastered walls and ceilings, a quick rub down with fine paper is all that should be needed. If the plastering hasn't been done properly, strenuous sanding may be needed, and this calls the plasterers skills into question. Be very wary of re-hiring plasterers who make regular use of electric sanders.

Kingston upon Thames Plastering and Coving

One of the most requested tasks for plasterers in recent times, is plastering over artex ceilings. A popular form of ceiling finish in Kingston upon Thames during the 1970's and 1980's, artex is pretty much out of favour today. In order to get your ceilings looking fresh and modern once more, your Kingston upon Thames plasterer will be happy to cover them up with a smooth new finish. If the contrary is the case, then many plasterers will bring that old style back once more by applying a coat of artex.

Rendering Kingston upon Thames: Rendering is similar in technique to plastering, and is the process by which a mixture of lime, sand, cement and water is applied to exterior (and sometimes interior) walls in order to achieve a textured or smooth surface. Rendering is a popular method all over Europe and is particularly common in the Mediterranean countries. A rendered finish is water resistant and has some fire resisting properties, though it's largely used for cosmetic purposes. While it is possible to paint a rendered surface, a much better solution is to mix colour into the render itself, giving a more long lasting, durable end result.

Screeding Kingston upon Thames: A number of plasterers in Greater London also offer screeding services, whereby a smooth, level floor surface is formed using a sand and cement mix. Screeding is usually applied over a rougher concrete sub-floor to take on the final floor finish, to cover underfloor heating pipes or to be left as a wearing floor surface. A correctly laid screed can help to prolong the life of the complete floor and assure its durability, quality and finish. Hand mixing screed should only be used for smaller areas, in all other instances a proper screed pump should be used to rapidly ensure a smooth, even mixture of cement and sand and to transport (pump) this perfect mix straight to its exact location, avoiding the use of wheelbarrows and other equipment. There are a number of different sorts of floor screed available in Kingston upon Thames, therefore you need to inquire about which is suitable for your particular project, you will be choosing from traditional screed, unbonded screed, bonded screed, floor levelling compound, structural screed, free-flowing screed and fast drying screed. (Tags: Screeding Kingston upon Thames, Screeders Kingston upon Thames, Floor Screeding Kingston upon Thames)

Pebble Dashing Kingston upon Thames: Although it is not everyone's cup of tea pebble dashing has been around for many years and used to decorate and protect the outsides of houses in Kingston upon Thames. There are people who specialise in pebbledashing out there, but often Kingston upon Thames plasterers will happily do this sort of job for you. Pebbledashing (or pebble dashing) is a kind of exterior wall covering usually consisting of 2 layers of a base made of sand and lime onto which small gravel, pebbles or shells are firmly pressed to form a strong, attractive and maintenance free finish on both new and renovated buildings.

Kingston upon Thames plastering specialists can usually help with float and set plastering, blown plaster, dry dashing, lay in grid suspended ceilings, plastering restoration, lath and plaster walls, rendering with sand and cement, quotes for plastering and rendering, lime rendering, artexing ceilings and walls, asbestos testing, artex patching, repairing holes in ceilings and walls, fire and flood renovations and other plastering work in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London.

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