Plastering and the different types of plastering

Plastering is a standard process in construction and home innovation projects. It involves using a tiny coat of plastic mortar to cover walls, ceilings and other parts of buildings. The result is a neat, smooth and durable surface finish.

The plaster that goes on the wall is a mixture of dry powder (plaster) and water. Water is added to make a paste, which is then applied on the wall. Two of the most commonly used plaster material types are cement-based plasters and gypsum-based plasters. Most interior jobs use gypsum based plasters while cement-based plasters are suitable for both interior and exterior projects.

There are several benefits of plastering your walls. Besides providing smooth finishings, plastering can likewise protect walls from environmental conditions such as harsh weather changes over time. It can also prevent water penetration while improving the aesthetics of the property. There are different types of plasters available in the market for homeowners and contractors to choose from.

Lime plaster

It involves a mixture of water, lime, sand and small quantities of cement. Lime plaster should not be confused with lime mortar. They are very similar with the key difference being in their application and not in their composition. Lime plaster has good binding properties, and it is very durable.

Cement plaster

It is a mixture of one-coat cement, sand, water and suitable plaster. It can be applied to both interiors and exterior of masonry. The result is a smooth and crisp surface finish. When using cement plaster, it is recommended to use one coat with a typical thickness of 12 to 15 millimetres or 20 millimetres.

This could depend on several factors such as property type, site characteristics and more. When plastering RCC surfaces a thickness of 6 millimetres and plastering ratio of 1:3 or 1:4 is ideal.

Mud plaster

When working with mud plaster, it is advisable to prepare the plastering surface to be similar to how you would prepare for cement or lime plaster.

It is recommended to use two coats when working with mud plaster. The first coat should be 18 millimetres thick whereas; the second coat should be maintained at 6 millimetres.

Stucco plaster

If you are thinking more aesthetic, then stucco plaster can be just what you need. It offers a decorative aspect of plastering with a remarkable finish. When working with Stucco, it is recommended you use three coats with a combined thickness of 25 millimetres. The first coat is known as a scratch coat. The second coat is termed fine coat, and the last coat is the white or finishing coat.

Plastering is a task that can no doubt improve the value and aesthetic of your home both inside and outside. It prepares the wall for painting or decorating as you please. Feel free to get in touch with Render Force if you would like help with plastering your home or if you have any questions regarding plastering and home renovation.

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