If you are renovating your home or need to make repairs to internal walls or ceilings, you will likely need a plasterer. Many plasterers not only install plasterboard ceilings and walls, but also provide specialist textured finishes, such as artexing.
Installing new plastering is a great way to modernise your property. Over the past few decades, there have been a number of trends associated with plastering ceilings and walls, including rounded edges and textured plaster. Nowadays, many home owners are looking for a plasterer to install sharp edges.
In this guide, we will look at the different types of plastering, the costs of hiring a professional plasterer and there are also some tips on how to save money on your plastering projects.
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Are you looking to install new plasterboard ceilings, or looking to repair plastered walls? We can help you find a great deal by comparing prices of local plasterers. To find out how much a professional plasterer costs in your area, simply use the price calculator below.
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If you need a plasterer, you probably want to know exactly how much it costs to plaster a room, or what factors affect plastering prices? You are in luck, as below we have a useful overview of the common plastering costs.
There are a number of factors that can influence the price of installing new plastering in your home. Below are some of the main pricing components:
- Size: The size of the plastering work you need carried out will influence the pricing. Larger jobs will generally cost more overall, but the price per square metre will drop. As such, the cost of a repair or small ceiling will cost more per m2, when compared to larger jobs.
- Type: There are different costs between plastering ceilings and plastering walls. Also, if your property only requires skimming and a cosmetic finish on pre-installed plaster, the price of the work will be far cheaper than having new plasterboard and dry lining installed.
- Materials: There are different types of plasterboard available. If you require specialist plasterboard (such as fire retardant, extra strong or acoustic) the plastering prices will be higher than more standard plasterboard. You can discuss your needs with your chosen plasterer.
- Location: As with most home improvements jobs, the price of plastering walls and ceilings differs throughout the UK. The most expensive prices are typically found in London and the South East. Prices are also higher in locations with limited or no nearby plasterers.
To find out exactly how much a plasterer costs in your local area, use our plastering price calculator above.
Below is an overview of how much plastering costs based on different job types. We have also included an average plasterer day rate, but plastering prices may differ based on the factors mentioned above.
|Job Description||Cost (estimate)|
|Plaster a room (small - 2mx2m) incl. removal of current plaster, dry line and skim.||£500 - £650|
|Plaster a room (medium - 3mx3m) incl. removal of current plaster, dry line and skim.||£550 - £850|
|Plaster a room (large - 5mx6m) incl. removal of current plaster, dry line and skim.||£950 - £1,300|
|Plaster a ceiling (small 2mx2m) - overboard and plaster.||£200 - £300|
|Plaster a ceiling (large 5mx6m) - overboard and plaster.||£400 - £600|
|Average plasterer day rate (including materials)||£180 - £300|
|Walls - plastering cost per square metre (m2)||£20 - £30|
|Ceiling - plastering cost per square metre (m2)||£20 - £40|
The ‘plaster a room’ prices listed above are for the complete removal of old plasterboard and installation of new plastering, but there may be a cheaper plastering option available. Rather than removing your current plasterboard, you can simply plaster over it.
This is a great way to cover any blemishes and improve the look of your plaster, especially if you are on a tight budget. Re-plastering and skimming a room will typically start from as little as £200.
Cost to Skim a Room
The price of skimming a room varies depending on the size of the room. Skimming is normally included as part of a plasterboard installation or repair. However, if you are looking to skip a room with a skim plastering method, the prices will typically be slightly higher than when opting for traditional plasterboard.
Plasterers also provide external rendering on buildings. External rendering often costs more than most interior jobs, primarily due to the larger surface area that needs to be covered and the potential need to hire scaffolding.
Below is an overview of the different external plastering prices, based on different property types:
- 2-bed bungalow (no scaffolding): £2,000 to £3,000
- 3-bed two-storey semi-detached (scaffolding required): £3,500 to £5,000
- 4-bed two-storey detached (scaffolding required): £6,000 to £8,000
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Due to the constant need to fight gravity during installation, plasterboard ceilings can be difficult to install. In many cases, they should be installed by a professional plasterer.
Plasterboard ceilings are available in a range of different varieties. Most homes have either plane flat plasterboard ceilings or ceilings with down lights, but there is a growing trend for specialist ceilings. Suspended or floating ceilings can look great, but increase plastering costs and installation times.
Plasterboard walls are much easier to install then ceilings, but can still be tough. Whilst there aren’t any specific qualifications required to become a plasterer, most take advantage of specialist training or an apprenticeship to master to skills required to install perfectly smooth walls.
If you are looking to renovate your walls, there are a few steps that need to be followed. Firstly, the old plasterboard is removed. The new plasterboard sheets can then be installed. You will then need to skim the room, which is one of the more difficult aspects of the plastering installation, as imperfection can become extremely obvious. If you would prefer to leave it to the professionals, you can use our price calculator to check how much plasterers cost in your area.
Local Plasterer For Repairs
If you have damaged your gypsum plasterboard wall or ceiling, a plasterer can provide the repairs required. Whilst a DIY fix may seem like the cheaper option, a professional will ensure a higher quality finish, which is especially important on larger walls or ceilings, where even slight imperfections can become very obvious.
If you need a plastering repairs, use our price estimate tool to find out how much it will cost.
Plastering with Artex & Textured Plaster
Whilst not as popular as it was in the past, many homeowners still choose to use artex or textured plaster to create a unique finish on their ceilings and walls. It does typically cost more than other types of plastering, especially as there are fewer professional plasterers skilled in this technique.
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How long does plastering take?
Before you begin any home improvement projects, it is a good idea to understand how long each job is likely to take. Whilst there are always complications and differences between plasterers, but below are the approximate times for each type of plastering job.
|Job Description||Job Length|
|Plaster Small/Medium Room||2-3 days|
|Plaster Large Room||3-4 days|
|Re-Plaster Small/Medium Room||1-2 Days|
|Re-Plaster Large Room||2-3 days|
|Plaster Small Ceiling||1 day|
|Plaster Large Ceiling||2-3 days|
|Exterior Render Small Bungalow||4-6 days|
|Exterior Render Semi Detached||5-8 days|
|Exterior Render Detached||7-14 days|
Money Saving Tips
We love helping UK consumers save more on their home improvements. To ensure you receive the cheapest plastering deals, we have put together some helpful tips and tricks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a few questions our visitors regularly ask about professional plasterers. Our answers below will hopefully help you, but if we have missed anything, please get in touch.
Planning permission is not required for plastering work inside or outside your property. This includes textured plasters, such as artex. There may be some building regulations that need to be followed, particularly regarding fire proofing and insulation.
There are different rules for listed buildings and property’s withing conservation zones. We recommend checking the Planning Portal website for the latest information.
Plastering can be a fun and easy DIY project. Most home improvement stores sell everything you need to carry out plastering work. There are also plenty of useful online tutorials, which provide step by step instructions and helpful videos.
For plastering repairs and replacement work, it is important to understand that some older artex and textured plaster products may contain asbestos.
Whether or not you will need to vacate the property will depend on the extent of the work that is being carried out. For smaller jobs, such as repairing plasterboard, you will not need to leave your property. However, if you are having your house plastered, or more extensive work, such as a new hanging ceiling installed, you may want to leave the property during the works.
There are no formal qualifications required to be a plasterer. However, most professionals will have undertaken training or an apprenticeship to learn the skills required for the trade. A great way to understand the plasterers skill is to request photos of their previous work.
If your plasterer is taking away waste (either such as old old plasterboard), they should have a waste carriers licence.
Asking questions is a great way to better understand the quality and service you will receive. Below are a few questions that you can ask potential installers to gain a better understanding of their experience and services.
- How long have you been installing electric heaters?
- Do you have any example photos of your previous work?
- Can you provide testimonials or references?
- Do you have public liability insurance?
- How long will the installation take?
- Do you supply everything needed for the project?
- Are there any additional costs I should be aware of?
- Does your pricing include VAT?
- Will you take away any rubbish?
- Do you provide any discounts of concessions?
If you are hiring a professional plasterer to install new plasterboard, textured plaster or repair your walls or ceiling, they should provide some type of warranty for their workmanship. In most cases, the warranty will likely be less than 12-months, but some plasterers may offer longer warranty cover. A warranty will provide peace of mind that if anything was to go wrong, your plasterboard will be quickly fixed.
A formal qualification is not required to become a plasterer, but many who provide professional plastering services will have undertaken an apprenticeship to learn the trade. Whilst you don’t need to ensure your plasterer holds a formal qualification, it is always a good idea to ensure they have public liability insurance. This is an insurance that will protect you and your home in the unlikely event of something going wrong. You can request a copy of your chosen plasterers public liability certificate.
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