Plasterers Sheffield provide the highest quality plastering service at extremely competitive prices. Call us on the phone number above, or contact us through the form on this website. All our quotes are completely free and there is no obligation to buy.
Whether your plastering project is large or small, our team have the skills and experience needed to complete your job to a finish you will love. From newly plastered walls or ceilings, fresh 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 to deliver the best results for you.
We are happy to accept all projects whatever the size or complexity. Whether the job is a simple cracked ceiling repair or a large new-build estate, we treat every customer with the same level of professionalism and close dedication to detail. All our customers are valued by us and we deliver the same high quality service to every single one.
If you are unsure about having work done because of the possible cost, why not contact Plasterers Sheffield for a free quote? We think you'll 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 may already have. We're confident that we have best plastering for the best prices.
Along with our excellent prices you can also be content in the knowledge that we only use the best quality materials in all of our work. The finished quality of good plastering is dependant upon the standard of preparation, the products used, and how well they are applied. All of our team are highly skilled plasterers and we use only the best materials at all stages in the process. Your work will be finished to the highest possible standard, 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 interior plaster mixes. It has the benefit of being worked quickly and easily, is 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. Once quarried, it can be 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.
Because they contain approximately 20 percent chemically bound water by volume, gypsum plasters offer good fire protection, an important factor in any home. They also have excellent thermal and acoustic insulation properties, are moisture controlling and are resistant to impact damage. They are also vapour free and so do not release harmful chemicals while drying. During the reaction stage with water, very little heat is produced and so there are fewer shrinkage cracks in the finished product compared with cement plaster.
The smooth finish of gypsum plaster makes it an ideal choice for sharp, modern looking interiors. Walls are ligned perfectly straight with a flat blemish-free finish. Corners are sharp right angles that make a bold elegant statement.
At Plasterers Sheffield we commonly use Flat Venetian Plaster, White Plaster of Paris Dry Mix and Plaster of Paris.
Many older properties, particularly those that were plastered before the last century, are likely to have walls coated in lime plaster. Lime is a versatile traditional plastering material that was first used as far back as the Roman period. Before the growth of the cement industry in the nineteenth century, quicklime from limepits was mixed with horsehair and other binders before being applied in layers onto a surface.
There are many advantages to using lime plasters, one in particular is its ability to let the structure underneath breathe. Before modern double-glazed windows and fitted uPVC doors became standard, many houses were constructed with the idea that the draughts flowing from entrances and exits would keep air constantly circulating through the building. This perpetual movement of air helps to remove internal moisture and prevents damp and mould from accumulating. Lime mortars help in this process by being vapour permeable, which means air can move through the structure of the building and filter moisture out through the walls. When a modern non-breathable plaster is applied in an old property, it canc cause damp and mould to quickly build up, especially if the building also has tightly sealed modern windows and doors. Trapped moisture can cause serious structural issues in buildings and can cost a great deal of money to put right.
Lime has a very high pH value and this property helps it function as a natural fungicide. Mould and fungus struggle to grow on lime plasters, and it is therefore a healthy choice for those living in older properties. Compared to cement plaster, lime is extremely flexible and elastic. It will easily expand and contract under pressures such as heat and moisture, and therefore requires no expansion joints. This also makes it an ideal choice for buildings with unevenly constructed walls.
Lime plasters are a very sustainable and eco-friendly product. It is possible to manufacture them on a small scale without the need for large and damaging industry. Other materials involved in the process of making it can also be fully reused with no leftover waste.
Lime plasters do have some disadvantages, however. They can be much more difficult to apply, and many plasterers don’t have the necessary skills required to work them effectively. They also take much longer to dry than more modern products, and these factors unfortunately make lime plasters more expensive to use than Gypsum. However, in recent years several companies have developed improved versions of traditional lime plasters with the addition of 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.
Plasterers Sheffield 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 plaster used for decorative effects in both the interior and exterior of buildings. It is composed of aggregates, a binder, and water, and when applied wet it can be moulded before it hardens to a dense solid. This means it can be used as a sculptural and artistic material for elements such as internal cornices and mouldings, as well as a decorative and protective coating for exterior walls. It is hard and durable, but can be brittle and will occasionally crack over a long period of time.
Originally made using lime plaster, stucco is now made with portland cement plaster to provide increased durability. Stucco was extremely popular in Britain in the Regency period where it was used to disguise exterior brickwork and 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, have a look at this excellent article .
Natural Clay Plaster
Clay plasters use natural clay as the binding material for a mix of aggregates and fibre. Clay plasters give a unique and earthy feel to a room and are extremely tough and durable.
In its most basic form, clay can be simply dug out of the ground and applied to a wall. But to make life easier there are many clay mixes available on the market now making it a good alternative to more environmentally damaging products. Clay plasters are incredibly ecologically friendly as the materials are easily sourced and require no large scale industry to produce. They require minimal processing and contain no synthetic ingredients.
As there is no chemical reaction occurring when clay is setting, it can be easily moulded into a variety of shapes and patterns, allowing your creativity to run free. 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. 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 continually advancing and moving forward. In recent years many new and exciting products have been created to make plasters more durable and efficient. These often combine the best of traditional materials with the latest scientific discoveries, such as polymers and acrylics, to produce new products that can be easily applied and look amazing.
Plasterers Sheffield have extensive experience in using these products and are happy to advise on their suitability for your particular project.