Does your plastering look worn out, or does fresh paint never seem to last long? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, maybe it's time you re-plastered your room?
Unless you have experience wet plastering, I recommend you hire a professional. Wet plastering (as opposed to dry lining) is a real skill, so it often pays to use the pros.
This guide on 'How Much To Plaster A Room' discusses the costs associated with plastering and the advantages of hiring a recommended professional.
The points below highlight why it makes more sense to hire an experienced professional to plaster your walls:
When you take all the above points into account, it becomes clear that professional plasterers are well worth the money. However, make sure you do plenty of research to find the right one. Here's a good place to start: www.ratedpeople.com/local-plasterers-renderers
Plasterers will often provide a quote based on the size of the area in square meters. I prefer this ‘cost per square meter’ method as you can compare quotes accurately. Room size is another costing method used by plasterers, as they often provide a quote for small, medium or large rooms.
Typical plastering jobs are listed below, along with a rough estimate of time and cost. Please note that these estimates include materials and labour but exclude VAT. Also, these costs will vary across the country with London being the most expensive.
This job involves skimming over the original plaster to improve the finish.
For a small room, you should be looking to pay around £250. A medium room should cost about £300 and a large room will approximately set you back £400.
The average time to complete the job is between one to three days, depending on the size of the room.
This job involves stripping off the original plaster and often includes dry lining. Therefore, this job takes much longer than skimming.
Prices for small, medium and large rooms cost around £500, £750 and £1,000 respectively.
Old plaster will require a skip for disposal so this may increase the overall cost. Ask the plasterer if he's including skip hire in his quote.
A typical fresh plastering job will last between two and four days.
Plastering a ceiling is hard work. However, using the right tools (e.g. a plasterboard lift) and a second pair of hands can make the job much easier.
Plastering a small ceiling should roughly cost around £225. For medium to large rooms it should cost around £300 and £450 respectively.
The time to complete the whole job can take anything from 6-12 hours for a small ceiling, 8-12 hours for a medium-sized ceiling, and 2-3 days for a large ceiling.
As mentioned, the numbers above are just rough estimates. For more details, please use the table below:
Average Time To Complete Task
Re-plaster small room
Approx room size 2x2.2m. Walls only. Skimming/cosmetic finish 5-8mm on top of existing plaster
Re-plaster medium room
Approx room size 3.4x3m. Walls only. Skimming/cosmetic finish 5-8mm on top of existing plaster.
Re-plaster large room
Approx room size 5x6m. Walls only. Skimming/cosmetic finish 5-8mm on top of existing plaster.
Full new plaster small room
Approx room size 2x2.2m. Walls only. Remove and dispose of existing plaster. Dry lining and skim, cosmetic finish.
Full new plaster medium room
Approx room size 3.4x3m. Walls only. Remove and dispose of existing plaster. Dry lining and skim, cosmetic finish.
Full new plaster large room
Approx room size 5x6m. Walls only. Remove and dispose of existing plaster. Dry lining and skim, cosmetic finish.
Plaster small ceiling
Approx room size 2x2.2m. Overboarding and plaster.
Plaster medium ceiling
Approx room size 3.4x3m. Overboarding and plaster.
Plaster large ceiling
Approx room size 5x6m. Overboarding and plaster.
A survey conducted in July 2012 by Which Magazine
Targeting recommended plasterers, Which Magazine ran a survey to find the average cost for standard plastering jobs and how long each should take. All their prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.
Armed with the information above, you should now know what questions to ask, the rough price you can expect to pay and approximately how long each job will take.
Also, here's a good calculator for working out the rough costs for your specific situation: http://www.whatprice.co.uk/costs/plastering-cost-calculator
In addition to the information provided above, here are some important 'tips & tricks' to remember:
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