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Premier Plastering Service
Seriously Smooth Plasterers
Plastering Wigan provide you with the highest quality plastering service at extremely competitive prices. Give us a ring on the phone number above, or contact us through the form on this website. All our quotes are completley free and you are never under obligation to buy.
Whatever your plastering project is, our team have the skills and experience needed to get your job finished to a standard you will love. Whether you need plastered walls or ceilings, exterior rendering, or even removal of Artex, we will give you the best possible service. All our team have years of hard-earned knowledge and skill between them to deliver the best results for you.
We are more than happy to accept all projects whatever the size. Whether the job is a simple cracked ceiling repair or a large new-build estate, we treat every customer with the same professionalism and dedication to detail. All our customers are valued by us and we deliver the same high quality service to everyone.
If you have delayed starting your project because you are concerned about the possible cost, why not contact Plastering Wigan for a free quote. You might be happily surprised at what we can offer you. We always aim to be competitive and fair with our pricing, and we will do our best to match or beat any other like-for-like quotes you have already had. We believe we have best plastering at the best prices.
Alongside our excellent prices you can also rest assured in the knowledge that we only use the best quality materials in all of our work. The finished quality of any plastering work is dependant upon the standard of preparation as well as the skills and materials used. All of our plasterers are highly skilled craftspeople and we use only the best materials at all stages in the process. Your job will be finished to the highest standard possible, and for the best price around.
A Handy Guide to Plaster Types
Gypsum is widely used as a plastering material in the UK and is a component in most types of plaster mixes. It has the benefit of being easy to work with, tough and hard-wearing, and is extremely durable. It is likely the walls in your house are coated with a gypsum based plaster.
Gypsum itself is a naturally occurring chalk-like mineral found in layers of sedimentary rock. It is composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate and is formed by the evaporation and replenishment of waters containing calcium and sulfates. It is ground into a fine powder and when mixed with water it becomes pliable until it hardens, thus providing a smooth surface to cover brick, block, or concrete walls. It has excellent thermal insulation properties and offers good fire and impact protection. It is also vapour free and so doesn't relsease harmful chemicals as it dries. During the reaction stage with water, little heat is produced and so there are fewer shrinkage cracks in the finished product compared with cement plaster.
The resulting smooth finish of gypsum plaster makes it an ideal choice for a clean, sharp, modern look to a room. Walls are perfectly straight and level with a blemish-free finish. Corners are sharp right angles that make a sleek elegant statement.
At Plastering Wigan we commonly use Flat Venetian Plaster, White Plaster of Paris Dry Mix and Plaster of Paris.
Many properties that were plastered before the last century are likely to have lime plastered walls. Lime is a wonderful traditional plastering material that was first used as far back as the Roman period. It is both extremely hard-wearing as well as long lasting.
Lime plaster has many advantages, one in particular is the ability to let the structure underneath breathe. Before modern double-glazed windows and fitted uPVC doors became standard, houses were constructed with the idea that draughts flowing from entrances and exits would allow air to constantly circulate through the building. This continual movement of air helped to remove internal moisture and prevented damp and mould from accumulating. Lime mortars help this process by being vapour permeable, thus allowing air to move through the structure of the building and out through the walls. When a modern non-breathable plaster is applied in an old property, damp and mould can quickly build up, especially if combined with tightly sealed modern windows and doors. Trapped moisture causes serious issues in the fabric of buildings and can cost a great deal of money to repair.
Lime itself has a very high pH value and this helps to work as a natural fungicide. Mould and fungus are unlikely to grow on good lime plaster and it is therefore a healthy choice for those with older properties. Compared to cement plaster, lime is extremely flexible and far less brittle. It will happily expand and contract under pressures such as heat and moisture, and requires no expansion joints. It also makes it an ideal choice for buildings with unevenly constructed walls.
Lime plaster is also a very sustainable and eco-friendly product. It is possible to manufacture it on a small scale without the need for large and damaging industry. The gentle properties of lime also allow all the other materials involved in the process of making it to be fully reused with no leftover waste.
In terms of disadvantages, lime can be much more difficult to work with, and many plasterers don’t have the necessary skills required to work it effectively. It also takes longer to dry than more modern products, and these factors unfortunately make it more expensive to use than Gypsum. However, in recent years several companies have developed improved versions of traditional lime plaster by adding plastic polymers intended to make the mix easier to work with. This is creating an increase in the popularity of lime plaster with a subsequent drop in costs.
Plastering Wigan use the following lime plasters; Breathaplasta, Hydrated Lime Type S and N, Miracle Morta-Lok and Masons Hydrated Lime.
Stucco (Portland Cement Plaster)
Stucco is a decorative plaster used for both the interior and exterior of buildings. It is composed of aggregates, a binder, and water, and when applied wet it hardens to a dense solid. This allows it to be used as a sculptural and artistic material for details like internal cornices and mouldings, as well as a decorative and protective coating for exterior walls. It is both hard and durable but can be brittle and may occasionally crack over a long period of time.
Stucco was extremely popular in Britain in the 19th century where it was often applied over exterior brickwork to create the appearance of finely jointed stonework. A good example of this is Carlton House Terrance in London.
For the differences between plaster and stucco, check out this excellent article .
Clay plasters use clay as the binding material for a mix of aggregates and fibre. Clay gives a unique and wonderful feel to a wall and is extremely tough and very durable. Unfired clay plasters are ideal in bathrooms and kitchens as they are excellent at absorbing moisture in the air and will release it again slowly when the air becomes dryer. They are also an ecologically friendly product as the materials are easily sourced and require no large scale industry to manufacture. They are an excellent choice for a unique natural and organic feel to a room. Clay is vapour free, and so there are no toxic chemicals to worry about when it is being applied.
High-Tech Plastering Products
The technology of the plastering industry is constantly advancing and in recent years it has created many new and exciting products. These often combine the best of traditional materials with the latest scientific discoveries to produce new products that can be easily applied and look amazing. This is often achieved by the introduction of polymers and acrylics as a part of the formulation.
Plastering Wigan have extensive experience in using these products and are happy to advise on their suitability for your particular project.
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