How Much Does Plastering an Indoor Wall Cost
Wall plastering guide with average price information
Typical wall plastering prices
Points to consider when plastering
Re-plastering walls is one of the most common jobs for plasterers which involves simply or re-skimming over existing plaster to correct any blemishes. This is a simple and quick job which will cost less than £200 for a small wall. Applying new plaster to walls involves stripping the existing plaster off and takes longer than just re-plastering. The most traditional plastering technique uses a wet mix of either gypsum or cement and water which is spread directly onto brickwork using a trowel then finished with a thin skin coat of gypsum. When set, the plaster forms an integral part of the wall and can be covered with paint or wallpaper. Most homeowners prefer wet plaster as it offers a smooth and durable finish, but you can also consider dry-lining. Dry-lining uses manufactured boards of paper-covered plaster boards which are nailed or screwed in place. It is a lot quicker to put up, doesn’t need to dry out and there is little risk of any cracking. Plasterboards can then be painted or wallpapered, or a thin layer of wet plaster can be applied for a smoother finish.
Modern plaster is gypsum based but used to be made with lime and horsehair! Modern plaster is typically applied to walls in 2 coats. The first coat is to take up any discrepancies in the wall and present a reasonably flat surface for the second coat. The second coat uses finish plaster which when applied by a good plasterer, will leave a perfectly flat and smooth wall. Applying this second coat of finish plaster is often called skimming. The older your house, the greater the chance that the plaster will need some attention. You usually find out how bad the plastering is when you are decorating and remove all the wallpaper from the wall and find layers of plaster come away with the paper! You can often tell if the plaster is in a poor condition by gently knocking the walls with your knuckles, if you get a hollow sound, the plaster is said to have “blown” and become incredibly dry, ready to start flaking off in big lumps if disturbed!
Doing it Yourself
If you only need to plaster a small wall where aesthetics are not really important, for example to a wall which will be mostly concealed by wardrobes or other furniture, you might be tempted to do the plastering yourself. However, if the wall has to look good with a smooth and professional finish, then this is normally far beyond the capabilities of most DIY enthusiasts. Plastering is a physically draining and highly skilful trade which is best left to the professionals unless you have some prior plastering experience and are very confident. In addition, a plasterer will usually be able to finish the job far quicker than you will, in addition to giving you a much better finish. Also, some jobs may require specialist tools or knowledge that you simply do not have. Plastering really is one of the few trades where it is almost always better to get a professional to carry out the work for you!
Hiring a plasterer checklist
- Plastering is not straightforward and unless very confident, you should leave it to the professionals
- The best plasterers will come highly recommended by friends, family and previous customers
- Plasterers may give you an estimate over the phone, but will want to see your property before they give you a firm quote
- When hiring a plasterer, it’s a good idea to get at least three quotes for any plastering job
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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I have a hole roughly 15cm wide in my ceiling and would like this boarding up and plastering, there is also an area under one of my windows that needs plastering.
Submitted by Anne
Detatched averaged sized house. Old render needs taking off and replaced with standard smooth render. Potentially painted aswell dependant on price.
Submitted by Rebecca
Plastering 5 wall in separate room only a metre high, from the floor to waist high, also fix/ and fill some holes, old plug sockets, and some sealing holes. if you interested please contact me strait away we could go tomorrow morning to show you the job,
Submitted by Nicolas
Redecorating an under stairs bathroom. Require 2 walls skimming and 1 wall boarding and skimming.
Submitted by Carl
Plaster/skim new ceiling in the conservatory.