How to Plaster During Winter Months
There is a lot of conflicting advice about plastering during winter months, some people even suggesting you should push your plaster and render work back until the spring. This is of course not true and would result in your renovation project being left at a standstill for several months.
Plastering tools and materials are designed to be used all year round, and as long as you plan careful and take extra care for your own safety, plastering during the winter can be achieved without any stress.
Prepare for Longer Setting Periods
Due to cooler temperatures, plaster can take longer to set during winter months so it’s important to allow for this during your project.
Freezing temperatures can have a huge impact on applying plaster. Whatever plastering materials you’re using, you should never use them on a frozen substrate. Be sure to also not apply if there is a risk the plaster could freeze before it’s thoroughly dried (keep a close eye on those weather forecasts before you begin).
Drying plaster requires ventilating a room – even cold air that’s moving is better than stagnant air, so don’t be tempted to go shutting all the windows and trying to heat the room. If it’s really to cold for you to work, then don’t begin.
Safety Always Comes First
Make sure you wrap up warm (this includes the correct plastering PPE, not just a vest or doubling up on your socks).
Take extra care if you’re working in frosty conditions – don’t take the risk if you’re needing to carry heavy plastering equipment, tools and materials with ice and frost around.
Get the Right Tools for the Job
Our top brand plastering tools are designed for use all year round. However, many plasterers and renderers have told us that there are certain products they favour in the winter. Take the OX Speedskim for example, many professionals comment on the flexibility and ease of use being ideal for cold months.
If you’re using a spray plastering machine, you’ll also need to ensure you start draining the water from your machine at the end of every day as soon as temperatures go to freezing.
Failure to do this can not only damage flow tubes but also caused more serious issues with regulators and pumps. Contact us today if you’re not 100% sure on the process of doing this with your plastering machine.
For more information on plastering during the winter or for any help and advance, pop into our Cheltenham-based plastering superstore or get in touch via phone or email.