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Kent Plastering FAQ

How soon after plastering can I decorate my walls?

From around 7 to 10 days, the plaster we apply should have dried. It will become a lighter powdery colour as the water in the plaster sets. After this time, it will be safe to paint or wallpaper the walls.

Do I really need a professional plasterer to do this work?

Plastering and dry lining is a skilled job and to achieve straight smooth walls we strongly recommend you use a professional with the right experience and expertise.

After all, this is your home – a first time plasterer just won't do so take on someone who has the experience and skill.

Do I need to prepare the room/s before you arrive?

Yes please, although we are fully insured we do not want to cause damage to your home, or leave it dusty.

We always ask that you clear the room – this ensures your furniture is kept free from dirt and damage, and allows us free movement around the walls and ceilings.

We'll bring building paper and dust sheets to cover flooring, protecting it from plaster and dust.

We will require access to water and electricity whilst we work at your property.

Finally, radiators on the walls we are working on will need to be removed prior to our arrival.

Why is the plaster in my home flaking off or cracking?

More often than not, the bond on old plaster can become less adhesive than it was when it was applied. If there is moisture present in the walls, plaster will eventually come loose.

Can you simply patch up a damaged area?

Patching is fine but noticeable, and other parts of the wall or ceiling may crack in time meaning you will meet more expense than if the whole area was remodelled.

We usually recommend that a damaged ceiling or wall be plaster boarded and plastered, then sealed with a plaster sealing paint. This gives you a whole new clean and smooth area ready to decorate.

How much can I expect to pay for the plastering or coving work?

Because all of the jobs we undertake vary, we will quote per project. The cost of any work will depend on the complexity and size of the job.

Can the artex in my home be smoothed over or do I need to replace the plasterboard?

In most cases artex can be smoothed over and it is a fairly straight forward process. We will remove the larger peaks before starting work, but then will apply the plaster mix to the artex to cover the smaller peaks. We will always achieve a clean smooth finish.

If my ceiling is sagging, do I need to replace it?

The simple answer is yes, once you are confident there are no underlying issues that are causing your ceiling to sag.

We will remove the sagging boards and replace them with new boards to achieve a new flat finish.

Can you work alongside builders in a new development?

We can sub-contract for developers and builders, or take commissions for projects should you be building your own property.

We'll attend to the project room by room, once the builders have finished, leaving the walls, ceilings and coving in place ready for the room to have skirting boards attached and the room decorated.