20 Oct Repairing Plaster Versus Replacing It
If you already have plaster on your walls, removing it entirely can actually be more costly than simply calling in the professionals for repair. Even after you take off the surface layer, you are then faced with the cost of installing an entirely new interior surface. If your home already has plaster or stucco, quality care and upkeep are investments that just make sense.
There are clearly plenty of reasons to have and keep up plaster and stucco walls, but repairing old or damaged surfaces requires the work of a skilled craftsman. So what can you do? Call in the professionals, of course. Homeowners can avoid messes and mistakes by having an experienced professional handle their repair. Our team can assess the current state of your walls to answer questions like:
- How well is your plaster or stucco attached to its lath (meaning the wooden slats that attach it to the wall’s framework)?
- Is it salvageable at all?
- How is the surface quality?
We will then decide exactly what the best technique is to reattach your layer of stucco or plaster to the lath, repair surface damage, and repaint it to get the exact look you want.
We always look at the size and shape of the cracks since they are a good indicator of what the problem is. Minor stress cracks usually happen because of the typical expanding and contracting that we all know happens with our drastic weather changes. These can be filled in with a strong mesh fabric that expands and contracts with the wall. Larger cracks tend to run diagonally in the middle of a wall, and could be as long as three to five feet.
Cracks like this generally mean that your surface is pulling away from the lath, sometimes because the lath has warped over the years, also a victim of Florida’s heat and moisture. We can fix this. If your surface is severely starting to crumble away, we might need to pull it completely off and replace the rotting lath before we apply new plaster or stucco.
Whichever approach is the right one for your walls, after we’ve built a strong, solid base, the next step is adding primer to the surface, and then the surface is ready for painting.
If your walls are starting to show cracks and gouges, take action before the situation gets out of hand. Our experienced team provides timely and courteous service, with clean, tidy work habits that ultimately mean minimal intrusion into your home. Contact us today to learn about our plaster repair services and see what we can do for you and your home!