About Plastering & Rendering
Plaster is generally applied to ceilings and walls prior to decorating. The plaster is usually spread over the internal brickwork or blockwork of a building so that the walls can have a smooth and level surface, on which to paint or attach wallpaper. Ceilings too can be plastered, which usually involves applying a coat of finishing plaster to plasterboard, which has been attached to the supporting timbers. So, plastering is a specialist skill required for the final stage of the construction process of a new build house or it could be the refurb of an existing, established Stoke-on-Trent property. Rendering is mostly carried out on the external parts of a house or other building and involves spreading a sand and cement mixture over concrete blockwork. The principle is the same in as much as it's all about creating a finishing touch.
What are Plastering & Rendering Services?
Plastering and rendering are carried out by experienced, professional and specialist contractors who cover Stoke-on-Trent. This work, especially concerning new build properties is often carried to out a specification stipulated by the development company, a company surveyor or perhaps the architect. When applying plaster to an internal, bare block wall, two coats of plaster are generally needed. The first coat is known as bonding plaster, which can be applied relatively thick in order to cover up any uneven areas. Before this coat dries it is usually scratched with a sharp implement or nail, to form a key for the next layer of plaster to adhere to. The next layer of plaster is known as finishing plaster and is much finer in texture. A thin coat of this is then applied to form a smooth finish. There are several forms of specialist plastering also, which might involve ornate or highly decorative works.
Rendering is carried out much the same way. If rendering over blockwork then a first coat is often applied and allowed to dry before a finished coating is applied. With both plastering and rendering a wet sponge can be used to help create a smooth finished surface and in both cases angle beading is used on corners and wherever you might want the plaster or render to stop. For example just above the DPC level on an external wall or on a return/corner of an internal wall. Beading makes it possible to get a clean edge that will not easily break off. On external walls where render is to be applied, it is very often necessary to apply a coat of PVA to ensure the render sticks to the wall surface, also the addition of a waterproofing solution in the render mix will ensure the render remains watertight. In some cases a job may call for specialist rendering treatment involving external wall insulation.
Who Needs Plastering & Rendering Services in Stoke-on-Trent?
If an internal Stoke-on-Trent wall is showing signs of damp and the plaster is crumbling then this will need to be removed and the wall re-plastered. Also, a ceiling that has seriously cracked or developed a gaping hole due to a water leak will need to come down and be reconstructed with new plasterboard and finishing plaster. Small areas of damaged plaster can be removed and repaired providing it has not blown or is showing signs of damp penetration. Both residential and commercial properties may need some re-rendering or render repairs at some stage, especially if the existing render becomes blown and allows water to penetrate. For any other type of specialist plastering or specialist rendering jobs a reputable expert or tradesman will be required.
It's important to have plaster or rendering that has deteriorated replaced or repaired as soon as possible because the situation will inevitably get worse. External Stoke-on-Trent rendering that has cracked or blown will allow water to penetrate, causing further damage and damp problems inside. Plaster that is crumbling will not support wallpaper and paintwork will just flake off. There is no option but to have remedial works carried out.
Interesting Geographical Information
Stoke is polycentric, having been formed by a federation of six towns in the early 20th century. It took its name from Stoke-upon-Trent, where the town hall and the railway station are located. Hanley is the primary commercial centre. The four other towns are Burslem, Tunstall, Longton and Fenton.
Staffordshire oatcakes (very different from the Scottish version and traditionally made in corner-shop style oatcake bakeries) are a much-loved local culinary speciality. They remain popular although are no longer the cheap alternative to bread. Oatcakes can be eaten cold or hot with any sweet or savoury fillings. Lobby, a stew not unlike Lancashire hotpot, is still made by local people.
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