PLASTERING & DRY LINING
Plastering – skimming of walls and ceilings to a smooth polished finish, ready for painting or papering.
Plaster boarding (ceilings & walls). Plaster boarding - plaster board is applied o a wall or a ceiling to achieve a level flat finish. It’s then tapped and skimmed with plaster to a smooth flat finish.
Plaster boarding used to be called 'tacking', because boards were nailed to the studs or joists with tacks. These would often 'pop' the plaster off themselves if they weren't fixed tight to the ceiling joists or studs and the board then moved. Instead, boards are now screwed with drywall screws that almost eliminate this problem - provided they are not wound in too far. The screw heads need to finish just under flush with the surface of the board.
TYPICAL PLASTER BOARD INSTALLATIONS
This is perhaps the most common use for plaster boarding and stud work. Partition walls are a modern and practical way to create separation between internal spaces, to split a room or to add internal features and facilities like an en suite, utility room or storage space to your home. First of all we create and install the stud work, then a layer of plasterboard is applied and finally a top coat is applied to skim over the surface and create a smooth level finish ready for painting and decorating.
If you are extending your home you will need to have your interior walls covered in readiness for decorating. We are able to plasterboard over the inside surface of exterior walls to give a smooth consistent finish. We can also incorporate the construction of partition walls using stud work and plaster boarding in order to create new spaces for internal features such as utility rooms, cloakrooms, toilets, en suites and recessed storage cupboards.
We work with several loft conversion specialists in Enfield, North London and the surrounding areas to add the finishing surfaces to their construction work in newly converted loft extensions. We usually install plasterboard and stud work to cover RSJ’s, joists, roof lining, insulation and other fittings, as well as to construct separate spaces for features such as en suite bathrooms, showers, fitted storage areas and wardrobes.
GARAGE & OUTBUILDING CONVERSIONS
We have worked on a number of conversion projects where homeowners have decided to change the use of their garage or an outbuilding to create an additional living space. Often these are converted into an additional reception room, encorporated into a kitchen-diner or used to create a separate downstairs toilet/bathroom, utility room, study or home office. We typically install plasterboard and build walls with stud work. Once the insulation and other fittings are in place and the plasterboard fixed in position, we then skim the walls to create a smooth plaster finish. The walls are then ready to decorate.
TYPES OF BOARDS
Boards with loads of different properties are available, from acoustic to fire retardant. Some wall board systems can offer up to 4 hours worth of protection from a fire. 'Aqua boards' are also available that are mould resistant and can withstand high levels of moisture/ humidity, great for bathroom walls and ceilings etc.
Plasterboard is applied to brickwork or stud walls or metal frame work. It can be skimmed with plaster or tape and jointed to a finish ready for decorating.
WHAT IS TAPING AND JOINTING?
Taping and Jointing is a trade designed for bringing plasterboard up to a standard that is ready for professional snag free decoration.
It was originally designed as an alternative to plastering. The basic difference between plastering and Taping and Jointing, is that when plastering an area we would apply tapes to all the joints in the boards. Then we would skim coat the whole surface of the plasterboard with plaster. If taping and jointing the same area, we would still tape all the joints then we would apply 3 coats of jointing compound to the joints only. Once these are dry we sand down the jointing compound to a perfect smooth surface.
3MM SKIM PLASTER FINISH
Do you have damaged walls that make it impossible to decorate?
We offer a type of plastering know as ‘skimming’ – which might be the answer to all of your problems…
WHAT IS SKIMMING?
Essentially, skimming is a top-coat of plaster which is used to cover-up superficial blemishes and restore the surface of a wall or ceiling to a smooth and level finish. Typically skimming is used where old wallpaper has been removed and caused surface damage, or where there are minor scuffs and abrasions to the surface of a wall or ceiling. In the photos above you can see before and after pictures showing some examples of our skimming projects.
In many cases, we have also fitted new coving to give that extra luxury finish, leaving the surfaces smooth in readiness for the decorators. We like to think we make the decorators life easy – giving them an un-spoilt blank canvass to paint on – as you can tell by the crisp edges of the finished painted surfaces!
Artex is no longer fashionable, so we are often asked to remove or cover it and make the ceilings look smooth and even.
In all cases there is a only certain amount you can achieve using a filler and rubbing the walls down. Even after your great efforts the surface may still look uneven. This is when skimming the surface comes into its own, because it gives you a consistent, clean and smooth surface to which you can then apply paint, wallpaper or tiles.
Skimming is ideal if you are intending to paint the surfaces of your walls, as it is an effective way of achieving smooth contours on your walls and hiding minor blemishes that would become more noticeable and even exaggerated by covering them with paint.
Plaster skimming to plasterboard is a popular method of providing a smooth, seamless surface ready to receive decorative treatment.
Skim plastering gives many of the advantages of a traditional solid plaster finish such as robustness, acoustic enhancement and a quick turnaround drying times.
DRYLINING (DOT & DAB)
Drylining is a simple way to directly bond plasterboard to secure flat walls that have a key.
This type of installation is more commonly known as dot and dab. This has a faster drying out period.
Decorative plaster moulds around the ceilings and top of walls in a house. They come in a wide range of choices, put up with the highest standard of craftsmanship by our staff for a fantastic finish.
To add a touch of style to your room, coving is a great option. You can choose from a variety of sizes and designs with decorative coving a great choice when renovating a period building. All coving is cut and joined professionally to give a virtually seamless join.
I'd be more than happy to visit your home to advise you on the coving options available to you and what would best suit the rooms you would like to cove.