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.
Plastering your walls in Redbridge, east London
As professional plasterer, we are of course biased to the beautiful finish a plastered wall will give you. The benefits of this method are that it provides a long-lasting, smooth surface for your walls and it insulates the room against the cold, damp and noise.
Beautifully plastered walls rely on the quality of the materials and the quality of the workmanship. This is not a skill to just have a go at, even if you are a keen diy-er. We always recommend you hire a professional plasterer. This is not the method to choose if you’re in a hurry. Plaster has to be mixed, applied, allowed to dry, then mixed again and applied before the final phase of drying. Plastering a room from scratch will take days rather than hours. Also, good plasterers tend to be book up, so you may even have to wait a while for them to be available for your project.
What is dry lining? Should I choose this method?
Dry lining has been around for many years. It’s a quick method of creating a smooth, paint-ready surface. Ready-made boards are cut to size and then attached to the wall using masonry adhesive, or studs. Once in place, we fill the screw holes and tape the joints to leave a smooth finish that can be painted or wall-papered immediately.
The advantage of the dry lining is the speed and efficiency of its installation. There are no wet materials involved so there is very little mess. You also don’t have to wait around for the plaster to dry (which usually takes several days). Having said that, the finish isn’t as smooth as plaster, nor does it provide as good a ‘seal’ for the room, like plastering your walls does.
Plaster vs Dry Lining – which should I choose?
Sadly, we are unable to answer that for you. It depends on what you prefer, how much time and budget you have. If you’re on a limited budget, dry lining will provide a good quality solution. If, however, you’re taking your time on a renovation or refurbishment that you want to last you for years, plastering is certainly well worth the extra time – and budget.
Plasterer Redbridge covers east London and Essex, offering you our plastering, rendering and external wall insulation services. Get in touch on: 020 8088 0926.
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