Skimming involves using a finishing plaster to create a smooth, seamless finish on internal walls in preparation for decorating.
We are able to skim to plasterboard, as well as other solid surfaces, prior to painting or wall papering. This is a popular method and the plaster is normally applied at a 2-3mm thickness, depending on the background surface.
The technique used is a very important skill necessary to enhance the appearance of a room. Our services are carried out to a professional standard and you will be provided with a quality finish.
Rendering (external plastering)
Rendering is the procedure of applying plaster to an external wall. It is a great way to protect the outside of your property from the elements. Cement renders can be applied to external walls as an alternative to brickwork.
Dot & Dab
The term “dot & dab” is a technique that was developed to replace traditional wet plastering. It is a simple and quick way to directly bond plasterboards to solid walls.
Once set, the boards are ready for tape and jointing or skimming.
Skimming over Artex ceilings
Artex ceilings are outdated and can be costly to repair or clean.
The procedure we use, as there a several approaches to dealing with Artex, involves lightly scraping back any high spots of the textured pattern to achieve a smoother surface, and then sealing the entire surface of the ceiling with a sealant agent.
Once dry, we apply two coats of finishing plaster which is manipulated to a smooth finish. The plaster must be completely dry before any decorating is carried out to make sure the underlying Artex has been fully covered.
Patching & Repairs
Should you discover a crack or a patch of loose plaster within your home, you will have to repair the area before decorating.
Small damaged areas can often be repaired and / or patched into the existing plaster to avoid re-plastering the whole of affected area.
If this service is what you are looking for, we will organise a home visit around your schedule to determine whether or not such work can be completed. Our skilled professionals can assess the affected area and advise you on the best course of action required.
Replacement of old or damaged ceilings
From cracks, to bulging, to artex, to holes, ceilings can host a whole list of problems; especially in older properties. Therefore, removing an old ceiling can be a messy job!
Our skilled professionals are available to organise a home or site visit provide a reasonable assessment and advise on the likely costs. We can also provide a suitable guide tailored to your needs to make sure your home is prepared and the process runs smoothly.
An old ceiling will be taken down and bagged ready for your disposal (skip rental can be built into any price if required). Thereafter, the joists are de-nailed and new plasterboards are screwed into place ready for plastering and decorating.
Coving and Cornice
We can supply and fit a range of decorative Gyproc cove and cornice which are compromised of a plaster core and encased in a white or ivory paper liner.
Cove and cornice are used to add a decorative touch to the corners of rooms where the ceiling and walls meet and to enhance the ceiling lines.
Installation of Plasterboard and Stud Wall Partitioning
The plasterboard we use are an inner layer of gypsum which is sandwiched between two outer layers of the lining paper.
The plasterboards include various additives in the gypsum layer, they also come in various weights and different strengths of lining paper which will give the finished board different properties – available among others are soundbloc, moisture resistant and fire proof boards.
Internal walls can be made up from a timber frame, with plasterboard attached on top to finish. It is quick to construct, lightweight and strong. The semi-hollow nature of studwork construction also means that pipes and wires can be run within the wall where required or necessary.
Stud walls can be fully insulated for soundproofing or heat retention purposes. The partitioning can be also used to divide up a large space or to box in pipe work.