There is no limit to the cost-effective services available from Advance Plastering.
We handle new homes and renovations, including the supply and application of interior and external finishes such as:
- Cement render
- Lime render
- Spanish style render
- Acrylic render
- Coloured renders
- Acrylic texture
- Coloured textures
- Lightweight wall cladding installation
- Conite construction
We have extensive experience rendering over every type of material, including:
Haybales • Stone walls • Bricks • Blockwork • Ceramic tiles • Concrete walls • Fibro cement sheeting • Asbestos cement sheeting • Polystyrene boards • Koolwall boards • Nrg cladding • Rmax boards
Our team is professional and reliable. We arrive on time and always leave your home neat and tidy before we leave. Your satisfaction is important to us!
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Solid plastering is the art of coating a surface with a cement render or plaster finish. The finished surface must have the required aesthetics, strength and durability to be left "as is", or be suitable for accepting a subsequent render coat, a setting coat of hardwall plaster, texture coat, or a painted finish.
The term "solid" plastering generally refers to rendering applications as opposed to the mechanical fixing of wallboard sheeting. "Solid" plasterers are therefore true craftsmen, being one of the very few trades to manufacture their product entirely by hand, on site, from raw materials to finished product.
Common Surface Finishes
Float and Set RenderIn rendering and setting, the surface of a wall is rendered with a coat of grey cement, lime and plastering sand. When hard, the grey render coat is then covered with a white "set coat" of lime putty and hardwall plaster. The result is a smooth, white, even surface suitable for the application of a paint finish. "Render and set" is suitable for most internal applications, but can't be used externally.
Sand / Sponge Finish
"Sand Finish" surfaces are produced by working the face of a render with a float and sponge. The float imbeds the coarse particles of sand into the render, and brings fine particles of sand, cement and lime to the surface. The fine particles are then sponged off to produce a textured sand finish.
Stucco / Tyrolean Finish
Tyrolean finishes are applied with a hand-operated Tyrolean machine. The machine flicks small pats of render onto the wall, resulting in a textured finish. The texture, colour and pattern can be varied depending on the nature of the render and how the machine is used.
Sgraffito work is the application of a design or mural to a rendered wall. The wall is first given two or three coats of different coloured render. The desired mural is then stenciled or traced onto the surface. Subsequently, the area around the picture is scraped back to reveal the contrasting renders beneath.
Bag Wash / Bagging Finish
Bag washes are often used for decorating masonry or concrete walls and cement sheeting. A light, 5mm thick render is brushed or smeared onto the wall. When firm, the render is then worked with hessian cloth or a sponge to produce a decorative swirled pattern. The shape and texture of the swirls depends on the nature of the materials used, the desired effect, and the method of application.
Mock Stone Finish
Skilled plasterers can dress up a plain brick or concrete wall to resemble a whole range of different masonry finishes. These finishes imitate limestone, granite blocks, rubble walls, and patterned brickwork.
Usually, a base coat render is applied to the wall, in the colour of the required mortar joints. A coloured top coat render is then applied and textured to imitate the desired stone work. Mortar joints matching the pattern and shape of the required masonry are then cut through the top coat, to reveal the contrasting colour of the base coat.
There is also a wide variety of premixed renders for different situations. Some have a polymer additive to the traditional cement, lime and sand mix for enhanced water resistance, flexibility and adhesion.
Acrylic premixed renders have superior water resistance and strength. They can be used on a wider variety of surfaces, including concrete, cement blocks, and AAC concrete panelling. With the right preparation, they can be used on smoother surfaces like cement sheeting, new high tech polymer exterior cladding and expanded Polystyrene. A few of these require activation with cement just prior to application.
Some of these premixed acrylic renders have a smoother complexion than traditional renders. There is also a wide variety of acrylic bound pigmented 'designer' finishing coats that can be applied over acrylic render. Depending upon the product, they can be rolled, trowelled or sponged on. A limited number can also be sprayed on. Various finishes, patterns and textures are possible such as sand, sandstone, marble, stone, stone chip, lime wash or clay like finishes. There are stipple, glistening finishes, and those with enhanced water resistance and anti fungal properties. Acrylic renders take only 2 days to dry and cure - much faster than the 28 days for traditional render.
The craft of “tadelakt” is a Moroccan tradition, using lime from The Marrakech Plateau, where the original tadelakt lime can be found. "tadelakt" means "to rub in", where olive soap is rubbed in resulting in a hydrophobic lime plaster used on both the interior and exteriors of buildings. It is the traditional coating of the palaces, hammams and bathrooms of the riads in Morocco.
Traditional application includes polishing with river stone and treatment with oleic acid in the form of olive oil soap to acquire its final appearance and water resistance. Tadelakt has a luxurious, soft, undulating character, and has been employed for baths, showers, and basins.