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Plasterboard – good or bad?

Plasterboard is a relatively modern invention within the history of the plastering trade, cutting plasterboard plaster hand with dirty sawand was developed as a quick and easy method of creating wall surfaces in new builds, that did not require the same level of attention as traditional plastering; plasterboard could be put up in less than half the time it takes to prepare and scratch coat a wall, and then only needs a quick skim coat on the top, with none of the worries of wall suction, damp or other surface issues that can cause problems for a plasterer.  Building practices change according to more stringent demands on time and cost, and some modern buildings are now being built without that skim coat of plaster on top of the boards.

Many homeowners don’t know they need to prepare these walls for decorating; while some may get away with wallpapering straight on to plasterboard, more often than not the surface decoration does not hold, and they spend more money getting it fixed.  Bare plasterboard should be sealed, either with dilute PVA solution or a manufacturer’s sealant product before decorating. However, for a longer lasting surface that will stand up to frequent redecorating and stripping, a skim coat of plaster on top of the board is the best option.

Plasterboard is made up of a gypsum sheet with thick lining paper on either side, and comes in thicknesses from 6mm to 15mm. There are also specialised boards for sound proofing, moisture proofing and fire protection.  Fire retardant plasterboard is often used in places that are exposed to a lot of heat, such as furnace and boiler rooms and in public buildings, where evacuation procedures can be time consuming, such as hospitals and schools.  The standard width of boards is 1200mm, which fits well with the 600mm stud spacing on new builds.

Although some traditionalists would argue that plasterboard is a short cut and doesn’t involve as much skill as plastering the old fashioned way, there is no doubt that it is here to stay, offering a cost saving on new builds, as well as loft conversions and renovation projects.  However, having said that, plasterboard should be used with caution on old building renovations that have structural or damp problems, as by covering everything over with nice smooth plasterboard, you could create hidden problems of damp and cracked walls, that will get much worse before they are noticed.

Plasterboard is not ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and other rooms that may experience high levels of moisture (like a home gym or beauty treatment room), as it can absorb that moisture from the atmosphere and become damp.  There are special plasterboards for these rooms, but they are more expensive than standard ones as they contain silicone layers to resist damp penetration.  Despite the higher initial cost, there should not be any need to replace moisture resistant plasterboard in a few years, whereas with cheaper, standard plasterboards you could find it needs completely replacing if it gets damp, meaning ripping out the entire kitchen or bathroom suite to do so.

Plasterboard has many advantages in terms of time and cost savings and is widely used for these reasons.  The increasing trend of not finishing the boards with either a skim coat or sealant is worrying for plasterers who make their living skim coating new builds on a contractor basis, so there is a valid argument that it is detrimental to the trade in this area.  Plasterers affected by this change can capitalise on this by advertising to new build owners, who may be unaware that they can protect their wall surfaces and make future redecorating easier by having the bare boards plastered over, thereby retaining the work, but on a much better rate than being paid by the square metre by a cash-tight property development company.

What You Should Know About Home Improvement Market Demand of Plastering Services

There’s not been any time since the Second World War that plastering services weren’t inA man repairing a crack in the wall. demand, in the UK. Whether it’s something minor, such as to skim over a damaged section of wall or the entire renovation of a kitchen, plastering is playing a serious role in home improvement. This is partly down to the fact that it’s a type of task that can only be done properly by a qualified and knowledgeable specialist.

Fortunately for all of us, the UK home improvement market is a big market. In 2015 in the DIY arena, there was a whopping £18 billion spend!  There is not data available for our specific field; however, I’m sure you can get the picture from that statistic alone.

The British like doing up their homes and it’s been this way for a considerably long time. Even when there aren’t surplus funds to go out to eat and drink, the Brits will be spending on doing up their properties. After all, the winter can be long and they need to spend a lot of time in their homes, not to mention that some people take part in competition with the neighbours.

It’s because of this demand that some plastering professionals are making remarkable earnings. There are plenty of jobs to do and only a specialist can do them.

Money is not just to be made from straight internal plastering jobs either. There is also:

  • Fibrous plastering
  • Rendering
  • Coving
  • Pebble dashing (yes! Some plastering companies do provide this service)
  • Damp course installation repair

The only thing left for consumers to do, is to select their preferred plastering professional. If we have any consumers calling us to ask how they should go about finding the right person for the job, we always tell them to ask around. The best people will have their ‘fans’ who have had work done and recognised quality first hand. If they don’t know anybody who has had any plastering done at home recently, then they should ask local builders for recommendations.

Buying a Plastering Machine Through Finance

If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to invest in a plastering machine, you don’tM-Tec plastering machine against a white background have to wait any longer. We’ve put together a number of finance packages so that even the most cash-strapped plasterer can enjoy the financial rewards that owning a rendering machine can bring.

Unless you’re just starting out in the industry, banging plaster onto the wall manually should be something that is well behind you now. We know that some of you prefer this method, but for many, it’s far too labour intensive and slow.

Fortunately, rendering is a job that has a lot of customer demand these days. An ever increasing number of properties are requirement machine applied renders and it’s a profitable market to get into.  After all, it’s where the big money earners of the plastering industry are making it.

Every once in a while, you come across an idea that you know is going to play a part in determining the future of your business. Investing your profits into a plastering machine is of course one of these ideas. It’s also the case that very plasterer that we ask feel that they unquestioningly made the right decision when they purchased their first machine. (NOTE: You might want to ask some that you know so that you’re satisfied with your own research into this matter.)

You’ll most likely have already done some research on machines and know that they are a complex piece of kit and therefore, they come with a relatively large price tag on them. Fortunately, here at Plasterers 1 Stop Shop we’ve been in talks with Cotswold Finance and have worked out several approaches to make it possible for you to own your own rendering machine.

The benefits of taking finance are plentiful. Of course, it’s a way to be able to purchase an item with a higher price tag without messing up your cash flow.  A way to secure another tool for your plastering business that will enable it to grow and flourish.

The good thing about plastering machines is that they soon start to pay for themselves. In some cases, it only takes a couple of jobs and you’ve got the money you spent on your machine, right back in your wallet, where it belongs.

Any accountant will tell you that financing a plastering machine is the smart way to go about it. It keeps your cash free to flow so that you have enough to purchase materials, pay your bills and basically keep your money around for unexpected expenses.

If you’re thinking that finance might be for you, read on through our examples of what might be possible:

You will no doubt have already seen the M-Tec M200, our brand new plastering machine that has been developed specifically for the UK market. Here’s how the numbers break down for it when you opt to secure it using finance:

(For Image: M200 £5995 (excl. VAT) – Deposit £1199)

Monthly payment options as follows:

24 Months: £274.77

36 Months: £189.01

48 Months: £147.38

60 Months: £122.40

Break down this further and you can see for yourself that the machine will cost you a very meagre £30.60 per week.

Of course, the example that we’ve given you above is based on credit offered. If you’re interested in purchasing a plastering machine using finance, then contact us today on 01242 236699 or email: ryan@pftcentral.co.uk

Plastering Goes Further Than the UK

Although there are some truly outstanding examples of ornate plasterwork to be found in sri mariamman hindu temple, chinatown - the UK, it’s obviously not just here that they exist. Let’s head over to Singapore for the fascinating ‘Rojak’ style.

‘Rojak’ means ‘mixture’ in the language of Malay. It is sometimes used as the name of a salad or fruit salad that is comprised of a mixture of additions. When applied to plastering in Singapore, it can refer to the ornate plaster work that is applied to the façade of a building.

For example, running through the centre of Singapore, sits Balestier Road and a fascinating building. Although the external wall of this building may not have plaster as we know it, using the familiar gypsum, it has rendering that has been worked on to produce locally important figures that are raised from the wall.

A mixture (‘rojak’) of symbols such as monkeys, cherubs and pineapples are on the walls. At the entrance, there are two guards who stand to symbolise protection of the building. Look closer and you’ll see a collection of other animals including bats, dragons and peacocks.

Although to visitors to the country, it may look to be just a random mixture of animals, it’s actually a collection of important symbols that represent the different races of peoples that have migrated to Singapore.

The peacocks represent the valued virtues of Hindu culture, compassion and patience. They also represent the Chinese cultural values of peace and beauty.

The unusual external plasterwork is expensive and a display of wealth in Singapore. It has been created in the unique Straits Baroque style. Unfortunately, the location of the shop, which is on a busy road, means that the passing cars and pedestrians don’t see the beauty as they are in a hurry to reach their destination.

Considered to be a heritage building in the local area, it has been featured films. It is located close to the local film studios and would most likely be recognised by many as a landmark building.

Plastering is used all over the world in different ways. If you know of an interesting building, send us pics and we’ll share them with our followers.