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Why Choose Plaster Instead of Drywall

by Nancy Minter on 06/22/16

Several  things convinced me to select plaster instead of drywall:

  1. Plaster is much harder than drywall. This makes for a far more durable wall surface. This is vital if you have kids that think your house is a indoor race track. Drywall’s lifespan can be measured in decades, or less if it gets wet. Plaster’s lifespan can be measured in centuries.
  2. Quality installers are able to perfectly match existing texture. If you’re trying to match texture on existing plaster work, I’d definitely go with plaster if possible. There are lots of variations of plaster though, so if you’re matching, make sure your installer knows the best-suited plaster and application technique.
  3. Plaster is more fire resistant than drywall. If you’re paranoid about that kind of thing this may sway your thinking.
  4. The acoustics of plaster just aren’t the same as drywall. Plaster tends to create a much more echoey sound than drywall. Because Plaster is a bit thicker, more solid, and has more mass, plaster is also a somewhat better sound barrier.
  5. Plaster is a more unique skilled trade. Find a true plaster craftsman with decades of experience and a great reputation. Actual plaster work is not particularly DIY friendly. It’s worth hiring a pro. After watching a pro do it, you’ll probably think plastering is easy. . . . trust me, it’s not.

Plaster vs Drywall

by Nancy Minter on 06/22/16

These days you have two general options when it comes to finishing walls: the first is standard drywall. It’s everywhere. Drywall consists of gypsum sheets (sheetrock) screwed or nailed to the studs. Drywall compound and tape are applied to the seams between boards, and the compound is also coated over the fasteners to cover up the heads. Even when they are high-end, the finish durability is underwhelming compared to plaster.

Modern plaster is typically applied over a special type of wall board referred to as blue board. The old style was usually applied over lath. Blue board looks like sheetrock, but it’s designed to handle the high degree of moisture in wet plaster, and it’s engineered to create a tight bond with the plaster compound. The plaster is applied over the blue board either in multiple coats with a scratch and then finish coat (a more traditional style), or in a single or double veneer coat. Either way, the plaster covers the entire wall surface.

Many people consider plaster finishes to be more high end than drywall, and they have seen a surge in popularity. I think mainly because of the unique expertise required (there are probably 1000 drywallers to every plaster pro), plaster projects tend to cost a bit more. All in all though, the two techniques are fairly comparable in overall price.

Do Your Painting Homework.

by Nancy Minter on 06/21/16

Painting your interior is an excellent way to give your home a fresh new look while boosting the impact of your décor. If you are tackling a large interior painting project, advance preparation and planning will facilitate smoother, faster completion of the job. The following are some helpful homework tips before starting a new interior paint project:

  • Figure Out Your Budget Cutting corners on cost is not recommended for painting interior walls, since the walls have such an impact on the beauty of your home. Do research on the cost of quality paint. If you plan to hire a professional, contact our painting experts. Although you may find a painting company that gives you a lower estimate, it is doubtful you will get the same guarantee of high-quality results and a perfectly durable paint finish.
  • Research Paint Ideas and Colors Spend some time browsing decorating magazines and websites, for inspiration and ideas on trending paint shades. If you are painting for the purpose of selling your home, expert realtors recommend choosing neutral paint colors that make it easy for buyers to imagine their own decorations in each room. If you are interested in paint that is less harmful to humans and the environment, choose low-VOC or no-VOC paint. Choose good quality paint, to ensure that the paint job will look good for years to come.
  • Clear out Rooms In the rooms to be painted, remove all clutter and all of the furnishings that you can. Light fixtures, art, and hardware on the walls and ceilings should also be removed.
  • Prepare Surfaces It’s important that walls are ready for painting and that any repairs needed are done beforehand. Repair minor dents, cracks, and holes with spackle. Patches of mildew should be cleaned with bleach and thoroughly rinsed. Take special precautions if scraping and sanding are needed because before 1978, harmful lead paint was widely used. Walls should be cleaned for the purpose of removing dust, cobwebs, and dirt. In kitchens, degreaser should be used. The same product is also recommended for use throughout a home in which people smoke.
  • Provide Needed Ventilation You may need to open doors and windows and turn on interior fans, to provide sufficient ventilation and help the paint dry more quickly.
  • Make Housing Arrangements It may be best to spend the night away from home for a night or two during the interior painting process. This is an especially important consideration if there is an infant in the household or someone with any type of respiratory issues, such as asthma. Don’t forget about your pets & furry friends, too.
For a professional quality interior paint job with minimal inconvenience, call our expert painters today.