Homes in Britain are generally treated to a wet plastered finish by covering the surface to be plastered in mortar and smoothened with trowels to produce a clean finish. The dried wet plastered surface is then papered or painted according to preference and is an ideal way of making damaged walls like new.
Dry Lining & Skim Coating
Dry plastering techniques are very popular due to ease of use, speed of drying times and the flexibility it allows in design. Dry plastering is a method of fixing sheets of plaster board to a wall and can be stuck to a wide range of surfaces making straightening out very uneven walls simple. Typically dry lined walls would be surface skimmed to get a wet plastered finish for decoration.
There are a variety of external plaster techniques – also known as Stucco which we can deliver . When planning the type of external plaster to be used, it’s important to keep in mind the wear and tear and weather damages that may occur to make the right choice which we can help you with.
Rough cast / Tyrolean is applied after creating a smooth finish render and is applied by flicking a sand and cement slurry at the wall. The final finish can vary from a fine (for straight walls) to a heavy texture (usually older buildings).
Spar & Pebble Dash Finishes
Pebble dashing / Sparring provides a strong and maintenance free external render. Once a scratch coat has been applied a top coat of sand and cement can be put on top and while still soft small stones are thrown evenly at the wall thus making them stick. The stones (spar) come in many different colours and can also be used with different colour cements.”;
Float Cast Rendering
To achieve a smooth external render we need to apply a sand and cement scratch coat. The top coat is flattened and when ready will be floated down to create a smooth render. When render is dry it will then be ready to paint.”;
The presence of rising damp is not always obvious as much of it happens below floor level, but as it gets worse it will start to creep up walls. Look out for patches above skirting boards and use your nose – you can often smell damp even if you can’t actually see it. If left unchecked, rising damp can cause damage to brick, concrete and wood structures, and cause wet rot and the dreaded dry rot.
Typical signs are damp and blotchy patches on the wall, wet and crumbly plaster, the presence of fungus or mildew and, in severe cases, water on the surface. Penetrating damp comes from a variety of sources including loose or missing roof tiles, leaking downpipes, overflowing gutters, faulty roofs and wall flashing and badly fitting windows or doors. Pointing, cladding, external render and damaged pebbledash will also allow moisture to penetrate.
On the ground floor, damp problems arise if the ground level outside is higher than the damp-proof course or covers the air bricks designed to allow air to circulate underneath suspended floors. The service we provide is to fully inspect the property and to find the root cause of the damp problem and to provide a fully costed solution, this service is free provided the survey is not for a loan or regarding selling or purchasing the property.
If it’s plastering related, AMJ Pro Plasterers in Preston can do it
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