Guest Article by Cheshire Builders
There are many ways to update a home and give it a new look. Plastering a house is a wonderful way to update the design. This technique can be used both inside and outside, with slight differences in the techniques and materials used. When this is done on the outside of a house, it more often referred to as stucco or render. It is an easy way to add interest to the inside and outside of a home. Plastering is nothing new, though. It is seen throughout the world in both modern and ancient architecture.
Cheshire builders add that plastering houses has been used for thousands of years, with civilizations as old as the Romans and Egyptians using the techniques to decorate their walls. Modern day plastering is often done by professionals since it requires skill and knowledge of the materials and techniques involved. In capable hands, plaster is very versatile, able to be molded into forms as well as painted upon. The material can be molded using both mold forms with wet plaster as well as with tools after the plaster has hardened. Since even small tools like sandpaper can easily mold plaster, it cannot be used as a load-bearing material. Instead, it has historically been used to decorate unsightly load-bearing material like brick and cement. Many great paintings have been done using plaster, including the work Michelangelo painted in the Sistine Chapel. Today plaster is commonly found both inside and outside Cheshire builders houses and for that matter all over the world.
The process of plastering a house usually involves three separate coats of plaster. The first layer is very course. It often includes materials like sand lime and hair. It provides a foundation and something for the next layer to adhere to. The following layer is hard and smooth surface composed of sand and lime. The third and final surface is smooth and white. It should be applied by someone who knows what they’re doing such as building firm Cheshire Builders. Often, this is the layer that is molded with ornamental detail. Although, there are many different processes that individual plasterers use, this is a general idea of the process. This same general practice is performed on indoor and outdoor walls and ceilings. Ceilings, however, are difficult for budgets and backs. Contractors often charge much more to plaster a ceiling because of the awkward and difficult angles. A homeowner looking to do it themselves would also face these difficult angles and a difficult time with the installation. For this reason, plastered walls are much more common than ceilings.
Overall, plastering is a wonderful way to improve the look of a home. Although the process of attempting to plaster one’s own home is quite daunting, there are plenty of guides at local home improvement stores as well as online. If the price of a qualified plasterer is not a budget problem, then contact a firm like Cheshire Builders as their experience would make a wonderful addition to a home improvement project. The beautiful techniques separate homes from the norm in a wonderful way. Plaster has a beautiful history in architecture and will most likely continue to show up in architecture around Cheshire, the country and around the world.
For a professional plastering service why not contact 5KC on 0151 736 0072 where we would be pleased to help.