House render is a type of layer for the exterior of the house and is just one of many options. It is applied to the exterior of a home, much like plaster is applied to the interior walls. There are two main reasons for house rendering:
When you’re decorating your room, you must think about a number of things when it comes to the finished look. When it comes to your walls, often people ask us should I plaster or dry line the walls. We always take the time to talk about the advantages and disadvantages to both finishes, so they can make an informed decision.
If you’re looking to reline your interior wall, this blog will explain the differences, so that you can choose which method you prefer.
Have you just completed an extension and want a uniform finish to your home? Is the outside of your home looking a bit tired? There are number of reasons why homeowners decide to have their properties rendered. Render provides a decorative finish that can brighten up tired-looking houses, especially those with existing discoloured render or exposed brickwork.
Plastering a wall or ceiling may look easy, but anyone who has had a go themselves will know just how tricky it really is. A good plasterer is so highly skilled in his or her craft that they can make the job look effortless. Smooth, creamy plaster glides onto the surface and dries out evenly and perfectly flat - but only when the job is done well.
About Condensation Damp
Condensation Damp is generally a bi-product of how we live and can effect damp walls, and damp cellars. Various things that we do on a daily basis exacerbates the levels of atmospheric moisture in our homes and buildings and this has a direct bearing on the levels of condensation damp.
Cooking, bathing, showering and even breathing can increase moisture levels in the atmosphere with the average person expelling up to 5 pints of moisture a night just while they are sleeping!
There are a couple of reasons that could explain why your ceiling is not looking its tip top best. The following solutions explain the processes that could be undertaken by yourself. However, like with many things, if you are time poor or lacking in confidence – the team at Plasterers Redbridge would be delighted to help.
Common ceiling treatments include popcorn ceiling removal, treatment for joint shadow lines, treatment for dark areas and others. Some of these treatments can be addressed with DIY efforts. Learning the difference between various treatments allows homeowners to get a better view of what is required of them.
Joint Shadow Lines
Drywall ceilings can develop lines on their surfaces. This problem occurs because of a lack of insulation on the top of joists. The joist tops are exposed to low winter temperatures. The wooden joists are not effective insulators and there is a temperature difference between adjacent parts of the ceiling. The difference helps to create the appearance of lines. Condensation occurs because of the lower temperature: dirt and mould become trapped in these wet spots and shadow lines are produced.
Solutions exist even for problems which seem as insurmountable as this one. Homeowners can address this problem. A special paint can be applied to the ceiling and followed up with repairing the insulation on the joists. This insulation should fill spaces between joists in addition to covering those wooden tops which were previously left uncovered.
This treatment, while intricate, can seem less daunting than the task of popcorn ceiling removal (cottage cheese or acoustic ceiling removal), which can include testing the surface through the help of a laboratory and then contacting an asbestos abatement company in case the samples prove dangerous.
Bulge in Plaster Ceiling
Older homes with plaster ceilings may contain bulges which concern homeowners. In older homes, plaster was applied over metal, wood or gypsum lath in order to coat walls and ceilings. Vibrations and water damage to the roof may interact with the substances applied in the plaster placement process. Layers of plaster coating can cause the plaster to break away from structures within the surface and a bulge is produced.
A lack of heating can cause even the finish coat to create sags in the wall.
Two methods for repair are available. The DIY method, applying plaster washers, may appeal to homeowners wanting to fore-go the cost of the alternative: contacting a plaster contractor. Valuable resources point to an important difference between a plaster contractor and a drywall contractor, indicating that choosing the inappropriate repair business is a common mistake.
Obviously, the DIY method could entail steps which surpass those and involves in popcorn ceiling removal. Yet, if a contractor is involved, popcorn ceiling removal could still equate to more errand work for the homeowner than this treatment would create.
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It may come as a surprise to many people that it’s common place for newly built extensions to get cracks. This occurs because of movement between the ground and the wall.
But it’s just been built! I hear you cry. Whist we understand that it’s a pain to have to re-plaster and redecorate an area that’s just been built, it’s a job that’s got to be done.
We empathise that paying out more money to fill the cracks is the last thing you will want to do, don't rush into this. We recommend that you wait at least a year before tackling the problem.
The movement in a newly built extension takes place over a period of time and can affect various places. Settlement cracks can occur in the joint between the ceiling and wall.
The weather and quality of materials used in your extension are determining factors of the severity of cracks seen in your walls and ceilings.
So, if your extension is just a couple of months old and the sight of those cracks are driving you mad - get in touch! We can assess the damage and book you in to be seen in a few months’ time. This will give you peace of mind and time to allow any further cracks to appear.
Plasterer Redbridge covers east London and Essex, offering you our plastering, rendering and external wall insulation services. Get in touch on: 020 8088 0926.
Our top benefits to having External Wall Insulation (EWI):
There are a lot of homes and other buildings in the UK that could benefit from External Wall Insulation. As we know our heating (and lack of proper insulation in our building) contributes to our carbon footprint. One way of improving the efficiency of our homes is by considering external wall insulation.
EWI systems provide a retrofit solution for many properties up and down the country. So what is EWI and why should we be using it?
EWI insulates a home by fitting insulation to its external walls, improving thermal performance and reducing energy consumption.
EWI systems are built up in four distinct layers:
Here are some clear benefits:
1. Improves the thermal performance of a building
EWI limits the heat loss usually experienced with the home. A good EWI system will raise the temperature of your outside walls, meaning that you can turn down the temperature of your heating in your home. The lower your thermostat, the lower your electric or gas bill.
2. No more damp issues
Heat loss through the walls of a home causes damp and the development of mould. Damp homes can also contribute to respiratory problems. Effectively insulating a home limits the effects of condensation, and can eliminate issues with damp.
3. A quieter home
If you live on a noisy street, one way to change that is by having external wall insulation. It will help reduce outside noise such as traffic and other outside activities.
4. No interruption to you living at home whilst the work is being done.
You home is habitable during the works, as most of the work is done from the outside. There is also no need to interfere with plumbing or electrics.
5. Makes a more attractive home
EWI is covered with a decorative finish such as paint or render, such as silicone and acrylic paints, mineral renders, brick effect and dry dash. Choose the style that suits your home and taste.
6. Increase the value of your property
Investing in external wall insulation will future-proof your property and increase its value. Potential future buyers will be interested not only in the appearance of the home, but will be reassured that their new home has been coated in fire-retardant materials.
7. No more maintenance
Homes with EWI are easy to maintain. There is no need for painting in the future; all you home will need is a yearly wash down. Most good EWI installations have a ten-year guarantee for the paint and the system comes with a twenty-five year guarantee for extra peace of mind.
If you live in or near Redbridge in East London and you are thinking of opting for External Wall Insulation (EWI). Call Plasterers Redbridge on 020 8088 0926.
Sooner or later, almost every plaster wall and ceiling develops cracks - if not in the broader expanses, then at least where flat surfaces join one another. Wind pressure on the house, structural expansion and shrinkage, traffic vibration, and household activities all contribute toward weakened plaster. Before any redecoration can take place, the inevitable patching must always be done.
How to fix big cracks
First, clean away all material that appears loose in and around the crack. If it's a fair-sized crack, crack to its deepest part, then undercut it so that it's wider underneath than on the outer surface.
How to fix smaller cracks
Little cracks can simply be brushed clean. With a spray, a sponge or rag, thoroughly dampen all surfaces of the crack. If this is overlooked, moisture from the new plaster will be absorbed into the wall, leaving the patch powdery and weak. Press the mix into the bottom of the crack, build up slightly more than necessary, smooth off the excess, and let it dry for 2 to 4 hours. Then use sandpaper to smooth off the excess. If you are going to paint later, a few strokes with fine-grit sandpaper will finish it off nicely.
How to patch holes
The general procedure for patching holes where plaster has fallen from the wall is the same as for patching cracks: undercutting, cleaning, dampening and applying new plaster.
How to repair a bulge
To repair a bulge, first create a hole where the bulge appears. Do this by rapping the bulge with a hammer until the loosened plaster falls out. Be sure to knock or pry away any loose plaster around the hole so as to have sound plaster at the edges of the patch.
If you don't want to do the job yourself and you are looking for well-priced, professional and friendly plasterers in Redbridge, give us a call.
Plasterer Redbridge covers east London and Essex, offering you our plastering, rendering and external wall insulation services. Get in touch on: 020 8088 0926
There's an art to plastering a wall well, and the use of the proper tools is essential. These include a plasterer's trowel, a corner-shaping tool, a hawk, a darby, a screeding rod, a brush and a bucket. To order the materials you will need, figure the size of the area to be covered. The undercoat is a mixture of sand, prepared gypsum plaster and water.
If this already sounds like hard work, let us take care of it for you. Call Plasterers Redbridge on 020 8088 0926.
If you still want to give it a go, here are the tools that you will need.
1. Trowel: a plasterer's trowel is a must. This has a long brace bar on the top side. It costs a bit more for this trowel, but it's worth the price.
2. Hawk: this is the classic mortarboard device. Use one made of aluminum and save wear and tear on yourself. The wooden type is much heavier. Load with plaster and hold in the left hand while the right does the work (unless you're left-handed!)
3. Darby: a two-handled smoothing tool to level large flat areas. It is held flat against the wall as it is moved along and levels out any bumps.
4. Screeding Rod: a straight-edged wood or metal stick to level off rough plaster applications. One end is usually held against guides as the upper end scrapes excess plaster back onto board for reapplication.
5. Water Brush: this, and a bucket of clear water, must be kept on hand for finish plaster coating. The brush spreads as well as dashes water over the surface being troweled smooth.
How to mix the plaster
To mix, use either a wheelbarrow or shallow wood box and mix the sand and plaster, dry, in one end. Tilt the mixing box with the dry mixture in the upper end and put water in the low end. Then draw the mixed sand and plaster into the water a little at a time, mixing constantly. If water is added into the dry mix, or all of it is pulled into the water at once, lumps are formed which can't be easily broken up. Mix to a heavy creamy consistency. Add more of the dry mix or water, as necessary.
Apply the base coat. The final coat of finishing plaster is mixed with water without sand and applied. Plaster is applied from a full trowel on upward strokes, using light pressure only.
As you can see, plastering is a skill that needs to be mastered in order to have smooth walls that will bring years of pleasure. We don't recommend giving it a go, if you are not a handy and meticulous person.
If you want the job done right and you are looking for plasterers in Redbridge, or nearby, give us a call on 020 8088 0926.
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