The Pros & Cons of Plaster Cladding

Plaster cladding – also known as stucco or render – has been used as a finishing material in properties for centuries. It’s the perfect finish for any wall and façade, indoors and out. Nonetheless, like anything in construction, there’s always pros and cons to plaster cladding, especially when we consider how innovative other cladding solutions are at the moment!

Find out more, below.

Pros

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Plaster cladding is versatile, and can create a number of aesthetically appealing finishes on your walls. It can be smooth, textured, patterned, tinted or painted; the options for customisation are almost limitless.
  • Weather Resistance: When used on a property’s façade, plaster cladding provides expert protection against the tough elements outside; rain, wind, sleet, snow and strong UV rays included. Your building will look brand-new for much longer.
  • Insulation: Depending on the thickness of the plaster cladding used, it can be effective at bolstering your property’s thermal insulation when used indoors. It regulates the temperature of your property, and improves your overall energy efficiency.

Cons

  • Cost: Compared to other finishing materials, the cost of plaster cladding can swiftly add up, particularly if you’d like intricate designs or more specialised techniques to be used. Always contract with a reputable plasterer, like we at Quality Plasterers in New Zealand, to be given an affordable and appropriate quote.
  • Cracking: Occasionally, plaster cladding is prone to cracking if the substrate beneath moves over time. To resolve this, periodic repairs are required, which is an additional expense. But, depending on the quality of your installation, cracking can – more often than not – be avoided.
  • Complex Installation: Applying plaster cladding requires a high level of experience (that can be difficult to find) as the risks of improper installation are manifold. Bad application causes cracking, poor adhesion and moisture problems, all of which will degrade your property over time.

Contact Quality Plasterers for plaster cladding of a high quality and lasting finish. As expert plasterers, we bring your property up to scratch before the decoration stage so your project can progress as quickly as possible.

Solid Plastering vs Plasterboard

We can plaster Auckland properties by either undertaking solid plastering or installing plasterboard. You might be wondering which of these approaches would be suitable for your home or workplace if there’s a wall or ceiling requiring plastering before painting or decorating.

How Do These Plastering Methods Differ?

When people mention ‘plastering’, they are often referring to solid plastering specifically. ‘Solid plastering’ is also known as ‘wet plastering’, as it involves applying a wet material known as plaster. This material can then be left to dry and harden over four weeks.

On the other hand, plasterboarding involves affixing flat, lightweight plaster panels to the wall or ceiling. Following this, jointing compound is used to fill in the joints and screw holes, creating a level surface.

Which Would Be the ‘Best’ Plastering Method for Your Needs?

For the majority of plastering jobs, plasterboarding would suffice. A plasterboard — a wallboard panel sandwiching gypsum plaster between two paper layers — comes readymade and is easy to cut in line with dimensions of the space where it will be fitted.

Plasterboard is often the best option when time is of the essence, as the gypsum board can be put in place more quickly than wet plaster.

However, because wet plaster is, well, wet, it can be carefully moulded to ensure a smooth finish even on curved walls or ceilings. The pliability of wet plaster also makes it ideal for when you want to give your building an array of decorative or ornamental features in more elaborate designs.

In summary, wet plaster is generally considered a ‘higher-end’ choice compared to plasterboard, particularly because the former, once dry, tends to be more physically durable. Plasterboard, being lightweight, may be more susceptible to water or fire damage unless specifically engineered to resist such incidents.

Struggling to Choose Between Wet Plaster and Plasterboard?

If so, feel free to contact our skilled plasterers for expert advice. We can carry out solid plastering or plasterboarding work to a high standard in any residential, commercial or industrial building you own in Auckland. We offer free quotes over the phone on 0800 PLASTA.

WHAT CAUSES PLASTER WALLS TO CRACK?

Plaster is an integral part of the aesthetics of your house. It also helps to strengthen the walls and can make decorating easier on a practical level. However, cracks can easily form in plaster, meaning you have to quickly look for plaster repairs in Auckland.

Cracks can form in plaster for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the main ones.

1. WEATHER

Weather is one of the uncontrollable things on this list. However, whether we like it or not, it can have a big influence on the plaster in our homes. If you live in an area prone to very hot days and rather chilly nights then this can play havoc with your plaster as the air moves in and through your walls. Furthermore, if you are fond of keeping yourself toasty warm on a cold winter’s night, the temperature contrasts can cause cracks to occur.

2. REMODELLING 

Remodelling projects normally involve a lot of upheaval for your house. Maybe you’re inserting a new wall or laying new foundations. Alternatively, maybe you’re adding an annexe or an extension to increase your space.

With so much going on, it is only natural that there will be some settling and shifting for a year or so after a major remodelling project. This can cause cracks to appear but normally a coat of paint will fix them.

3. NEW HVAC SYSTEM

HVAC systems work by pumping air into a room. This forced air can often start drying the walls out, whether it’s hot or cold, and can cause some substantial cracks to form in the plaster. Some can get so bad that you will have to look for plaster repairs in Auckland to sort the problem out.

To prevent this process or at least reduce its effect, you will need to install a humidity control system for your house. Ideally, your house should have a humidity level of around 30 or 40 percent, both for your sake and the walls. By having one of these systems installed, you can regulate your humidity and ensure it is at the right level.

4. DRY AIR

Dry air can cause serious cracks in your plaster as it pulls the moisture out of it.

Dry air is becoming more of a problem in modern households due to energy efficiency and dehumidifiers. Again, you may have to fit a humidity control system to sort out this problem. Any substantial cracks will need to be dealt with by someone who can do professional plaster repairs in Auckland.

5. STRUCTURAL ISSUES

If you have wide or very long cracks in your plaster then this can be a sign of a more serious problem.

Exterior walls with cracks running down them can be a sign of subsidence or other foundation issues. It may also be evidence of a problem with a recent renovation. For instance, if you’ve removed a wall, the remaining walls may now have to take more weight and this may be proving too much.

If you see discolouration or staining around a crack, this is likely to be a sign of a leak somewhere, either from the roof, a window, a water pipe, or something else.

If you are looking for a professional to carry out plaster repairs in Auckland, please get in touch. We have an excellent reputation and can make your plaster look like new again.

Why It’s So Important To Repair Any Damaged Plaster As Soon As Possible

When you notice cracked, broken and sagging plaster around your home, you may think, “that can wait till next month”. But then next month turns into the next year and it may never get fixed at all. As experts in plaster repairs in Auckland, we’re here to tell you that you should get these repairs done as soon as possible. Here’s why:

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