A plasterer can add value to your home by helping protect the walls from moisture and other effects of the weather. They also provide a surface that is ideal for painting and can create decorative mouldings.
Plasterers Glasgow use a mix of clay, lime and sand to apply coats directly to walls. This can require three applications of the base or scratch coat, brown or infill coat and a finish coat.
Adding plaster to walls creates an attractive finish that helps to make a room fire-resistant and soundproof. Wall plasterers work on new construction and may also handle repairs to existing walls or ceilings. They use lathe to spread one or more coats of plaster, or mud, on the surface of a wall or ceiling. Plasterers can also create decorative elements by using tools to sculpt the plaster into designs on a wall or ceiling.
Plastering requires a great deal of physical stamina because it involves long hours of bending, reaching and working on ladders.
As well as providing basic surfaces for walls and ceilings, plasterers can also use their skills to create architectural details that enhance the look of a space. They can use sculpting tools to create recessed designs in plaster walls or ceilings, or they can add decorative mouldings.
Plasterers are usually employed by building contractors, although some work for themselves. This type of construction worker often works indoors, which provides a controlled environment and allows them to focus on producing high quality results.
In addition to plastering walls and ceilings, plasterers often apply a layer of plaster to floors as well. This helps strengthen and smooth the surface, as well as insulate it to keep heat from escaping and protect it from fire.
When working on new construction, plasterers collaborate with other building professionals such as carpenters, painters and electricians to ensure that plastering is completed at the proper stage of the construction process. They may also be responsible for repairing damage to existing structures.
If you live in an older house with plaster walls, and they’re not falling away from their laths in chunks, it may be worthwhile to keep them. They’re a big part of your home’s character, and you can keep them looking their best by patching small cracks and spots with a standard three-step plaster method: a scratch coat keys into the lath; a brown coat adheres to the scratch coat and builds thickness; and the finish coat consists of lime putty and gauging plaster.