Plastering is the process of working with plaster. Plaster is a material which is mainly used in building walls and ceilings. Plaster forms a protective layer on the walls which helps the paint last longer. It also gives a textured finish to the walls. Plaster mainly consists of lime, gypsum and cement.
There are different types of plaster available in the market, these plasters have different ingredients mixed in different proportions. Some plasters consist of cement and course sand called sand facet plaster. There is another type of plaster having gravel and sand mixture.
It is called rough cast plaster. Instead of gravel sometimes clean-cut pebbles are used in plaster mixture. Some plaster mixtures also consist of different colored small marble chips which gives a decorative look to your house. Plastered walls make your house look attractive. It also makes the paint durable.
There are few things one needs to know about plaster
One should be aware of the thickness of the applied plasters. For undercoat plasters the thickness should be 11 mm for the walls and 8 mm for the ceilings. Finished coat plaster needs to be applied with a thickness of 2 mm. Some plasters need to be applied at least 3 mm thick.
One should know which plaster is suitable to be applied for cement and sand undercoat. The suction level of the material which is on the background decides which finish will be best to apply.
If you have installed DPC you should know the correct plaster that should be applied. Cement based plaster can be used if a damp roof is re-plastered. One should have the knowledge of plastering a wall that has already been painted before. If the condition of the paint is very good with respect to strength, quality, adhesion etc, wire brushing the surface may be possible using a suitable detergent. After that the plaster of your choice can be applied.
Plaster helps in lessening air leakage in the building. Air tightness of the building can be easily maintained by applying plaster on any kind of cracks.
One should know which plaster to use in which situation. Not all types of plaster are appropriate for every building. Depending on the background you should choose the correct plaster.
One should also know how to deal with a plaster which is contaminated with salt. The plaster should be kept free from any kinds of salt. The background must be kept clean and dry. Damaged walls are a result of heavily salted contaminated walls.
A person should also have the knowledge about the fact that the thermal mass is also increased if plaster is applied on your walls as it enables heat transfer between air and fabric of the building.
Benefits of using plasters
Plastering is very advantageous; though it is a bit expensive but plaster gives a permanent smooth finish to your house. The whole process is hassle free. All you need to do is to appoint some plasterers and provide them with all the materials required. If you tell what you need they will plaster your house in exactly the desired way. But the problem arises with repairing a plastered wall.
If some damage occurs to your plastered wall it becomes tricky to repair it, but skilled plasterers know to repair these damages. Everyone wants their home to look attractive and edgy, so for them plastered walls are the most suitable options. Plastered walls give a very smooth finish to the house.
Though nowadays people tend to opt for pocket friendly methods but in spite of plaster being a costly method, but it also a fact that this is durable if maintained properly than other methods. Thus you should always consider applying plaster to your walls when thinking of remodeling your house. This will give your house a textured finish.