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By tauntonplastering, Jan 6 2016 09:51AM



Now you’ve made the decision to hire a professional plasterer, but how much is it going to cost? This ultimately depends on the nature of the job and the amount of experience a plasterer possesses. The table below – taken from the Which? website – shows a range of different plastering jobs, how long they may take and the amount of money you may be expected to pay.


(Prices correct in 2012, prices will be slightly higher now in comparison. Remeber, this is just a guide).



Which? Research into Plasterering Prices and Completion Times
Which? Research into Plasterering Prices and Completion Times

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These prices are merely a guide because prices can vary a great deal in the complexity of a job so there is not always a one-size fits all approach.



The biggest golden rule when seeking the help of a professional plasterer is not to automatically go for the cheapest option. Question it, why are they so cheap? For example, you decide to get a range of different quotes and the cheapest option you have is around £80 per day, plus the cost of materials. Initially this seems great, if you can save money on the new ceiling overskim then you’ll be able to spend more on soft furnishings right? In theory yes, but then, what if the reason why they are so cheap is due to their lack of experience?



Looking at sources online; the average day rate of a plasterer shows that those requesting around £80 a day will most likely be newly qualified plasterers who will be lacking in experience. What if they come across something they haven’t done before? How would they know if there is distemper paint on the wall? The minute uni-bond and then plaster is applied to it, the plaster will blister and fall off!



According to Whatprice.co.uk the typical day rate for a plasterer varies from £150-£250 depending on the materials required and their location. This is also stated on self-build.co.uk: “However as a guide, Tristan Rees (a recommended plasterer on Ratedpeople.com) suggests, a plasterer should charge on average £150 per day and anything from £50-£100 per labourer.” This would be factored into an overall price.



When choosing a plasterer to complete your work, it is always safer to opt for a price rather than a day rate. This prevents any unexpected bills and to stop tradesman from taking advantage. Otherwise, before you know it your day rate price (which seemed very competitive at first) has started getting higher and higher and your job is nowhere near finished. Be cautious.



Years of experience will ultimately result in a higher quality finish and this will not come at a rate of roughly £80 a day.



Everyone is trying to save money, but in doing so they are losing quality. Just remember when looking for your next plasterer, those walls and those ceilings can make or break a room. And you have to look at them every single day. That render, if poorly applied will be visible for all to see. And suddenly that bargain, which you got initially, doesn’t seem like such a good idea now. Remember, your home is your castle.




By tauntonplastering, Sep 15 2015 02:40PM



Search for ‘Artex Ceilings’ on Google, and you’re guaranteed to find a wide range of different forums with many asking, “How do I get rid of Artex Ceilings?” or “How can I smooth over Artex Ceilings?” Because let’s face it, the dated and unsightly textured ceilings have lost their popularity, mainly because of their appearance, but especially since some Artex ceilings contain asbestos which, as we all know, pose potential health risks.



What are Artex Ceilings?


Artex (a trademark of the UK Company Artex Ltd) is a trade name that refers to texturised coatings on walls and ceilings, all aimed to provide a decorative finish. Whilst the appearance of Artex can differ depending on the specific decorative finish, they are usually formed of peaks or patterns and white in colour. The image below shows a typical Artex effect:


The finish was particularly popular during the mid-1980s, because it was relatively easy and cheap to apply. However, as a quicker alternative to plastering, it is prone to discolouration, is usually poorly applied and if a ceiling becomes damaged due to a leak or any other incident, it can make patching in a ceiling very difficult.



Many Artex ceilings pose potential health risks, as the Artex coating was originally formed of white asbestos to help strengthen it. Asbestos was commonly used in the industrialised world, but it wasn’t until 1999 that a total ban was imposed. Therefore, whilst ceilings post the year 2000 are less likely to contain asbestos, it isn’t guaranteed. And according to an article published in the Guardian, “your home has a 50% chance of harbouring asbestos, which could be lethal if disturbed”. For example, there is an increased risk of developing lung cancer, or asbestosis or mesothelioma – a cancer affecting the lining of the chest or abdomen.



This may sound extreme; especially considering so many ceilings/walls may contain asbestos, unbeknown to those living amongst it. However, experts mention that asbestos is only harmful if it’s released into the air; but bear in mind, this could happen at any time, whether through general DIY, home improvement, or if a pipe bursts and causes damage.



Based on the level of uncertainty surrounding asbestos contamination in Artex, it is strongly recommended that you seek a professional to assess the wall/ceiling, in order to limit any health problems that could arise if you were to by tackle the job yourself. More information on this can be found via the HSE website.



Why Seek a Professional?


As previously mentioned, when it comes to Artex, it isn’t as simple as going straight in and scraping a ceiling back or ripping down a ceiling. There needs to be a full risk assessment to determine the safest possible way of removing it. If the risk of asbestos is high, a room would need to be completely sealed off whilst a ceiling is taken down and disposed of within designated asbestos sites. Sometimes if the presence of asbestos is uncertain, it still isn’t worth taking the chance and the ceiling would need to be disposed of in the same way.



But What If I Don’t Want a Brand New Ceiling?


There are now more sophisticated products on the market which turn Artex ceilings into a 'jelly-like' form, enabling it to be scraped back in a safe way. I.e. no dust.

Scraping back a dry ceiling is dangerous because it is in a powder form and easier to inhale. Even though it is possible to overbeard an artex ceiling, whilst screwing into the artex ceiling for fiing, you penetrate the artex which causes dust. This may contain asbestos. Always be very careful and opt for professional help.



Some of Our Work:


Here are some before and after shots of some Artex ceilings we have developed for clients. Remember, for a free quotation and to discuss any Artex ceiling questions, you can contact us by phone, email or by filling out the form on our contact page.



Before Shot - Artex Ceiling
Before Shot - Artex Ceiling


After - Plastered ceiling
After - Plastered ceiling


After
After


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