Looking for a plastering company are you? You’ve come to the right place!
We’ve been plastering properties the length and breadth of Scotland for six years now – we’ve got pretty good at it too. With quite a bit of experience under out belts we thought it was about time to write a blog to help our clients understand and choose between our services.
And if you get to the end and still can’t decide whether your home’s more scratch or roughcast, give our team a call and we’ll work it out together.
Scratch render is a relatively new finish for the UK. While it’s been used all over the continent for years, it only made it way across the channel around a decade ago.
We use a cement-based formula for scratch renders, which lets us swap out what cement we use to change the colour of the render. We currently offer around about 30 different colours so it’s easy to colour co-ordinate the render to your home.
The cement we use is super fine so when we apply the render it comes out plaster smooth and perfect. Don’t worry, it won’t stay that way. To achieve the weathered look that everyone loves, we take a nail float and ‘scratch’ the surface of the render.
The scratching creates the texture you see above and gives elevations a really interesting appearance.
Acrylic render – also called silicone render – is made by adding a high quality acrylic pigments to the formula. While miniscule, these pigments provide exceptional protection against solvents, pollutants and ultraviolet light from the sun.
Since buildings expand and shrink in the heat, most render finishes will crack and flake. Acrylic renders, however, are significantly more flexible and will happily bend to and fro for decades to come. That means less upkeep for you.
Acrylic renders are the perfect choice for properties where maintenance could be an issue in the future.
Roughcast is a mixture of lime, cement, sand and gravel. We sometimes use pebbles or shells used in place of the gravel too. When it’s applied to elevations you get a tough, rough and weather-resistant finish.
If Scotland was to have a national render, it’d be roughcast. It’s unbelievable popular across the country and it’s for good reasons. Roughcasting is quick and easy to apply, and the finish will last for 20 years with close to no maintenance. What’s not to like?
Roughcast’s been around for years now and it’s come a long way in that time. We’ve got around 30 different colours and 50 different decorative aggregates for you to pick from. Roughcasting isn’t just the budget choice anymore, people are using it because it looks brilliant.
No, it’s not porridge. Wetcast – also called wetdash or harling – is pretty similar to roughcasting except the aggregate is mixed into a silicone base. The formula creates a wet slurry that is the applied to the elevation.
Wetcast creates an unbelievably tough finish. It will happily withstand the toughest winter wind and rain. Given its tough nature, it’s the preferred choice of render along the coast and in the country.
We typically do a lot of wetcasting for renovation or restoration projects.
Plastering is our bread and butter. We put it in our name for a reason, after all. While we can’t list everything we do, here’s a little taste: skimming, artex, dot and dabbing, coving, ceilings, plasterboarding, partition walls and sreeding.
If it’s not on the that list, we probably do it anyhow. Give us a call and we’ll set you right.
Over the years, we’ve worked on refining our services. For example, we’ve bought a Knauf MP75 machine plastering machine, which lets us spray plaster onto the wall mechanically. This lets us complete work three times faster than traditional methods and pass the savings on to you.