Plastering is often a forgotten feature of our homes, yet it is a vital component that impacts everything from damp to decoration. If you’re considering plastering rooms in your home, or changing the render on the outside of your property, you’ll want to know what kind of plastering costs you can expect to pay. We’ve spoken to some of the expert tradespeople on My Builder to find out how much plastering really costs. Hitch Property Constructions has a wide range of plaster painting services.
Plaster is one of the most common materials needed for interior finishing. Once the drywall has been hung, plaster is used to smooth the surface and create a finished, even look. Sometimes, plaster can be applied to add texture to the walls before painting. Regardless, there are a number of variables that affect the cost of plaster application.
Plaster application is generally charged by the square foot, rather than by the hour. Many professionals will include all of their materials and hourly labor costs to provide a single, easy-to-understand estimate.
The most relevant factor for the cost of a plastering job is the size of the area to be plastered, be it a single wall in a small room or several rooms and ceilings in a large house. Plasterers will measure up the job and consider any relevant factors before judging how much time the job will take and how much material will be needed. Replastering – adding a new, thin top coat of plaster suitable for adding paint or wallpaper too – will be considerably cheaper than a full plastering job, which involves removing old plaster if necessary, constructing a new base, skimming the surface and finishing up. A simple skimming job in a medium sized room would cost around $400 – whereas a full plastering job may cost $700 or more, before VAT and any other costs. Prices in London are likely to be higher than in other parts of the country.
Other considerations and costs
- The cost estimates above do not include prepping the surface for plastering or removal of existing plaster, except in the refinishing estimate. This is what makes refinishing so much more expensive than a new plaster application. There is much more work involved.
- If your home was built before 1978, you might need lead or asbestos testing when replacing or refinishing plaster and breaking into walls in the home. Testing isn’t very expensive, but if lead or asbestos are found, the abatement (removal) process can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Plasterer Cost by Type
Different varieties of plaster have advantages and disadvantages. The variations in durability, style, cost, and ideal environments make understanding the characteristics of each a vital part of your decision. Another factor is the complexity of the product. Some plasters may require special training and experience to be installed properly. Homeowners should note the differences and choose wisely to receive the full benefit of your plaster.
Veneer Plaster Cost
Veneer 3 plaster price per square foot is $5 to $10. This construction methodology is the process of putting a thin veneer plaster over a substrate. The substrate most often used is gypsum or blue board. Veneer plaster is harder than drywall, so it eliminates problems such as dents or dings. It doesn’t show joints at all. It creates a great surface for paint to adhere smoothly and evenly. The only concern is that it must be installed correctly to ensure a long-lasting veneer plaster.
Venetian Plaster Cost
The Venetian plaster price per foot is $5 to $15. Venetian plaster is made with fired lime plaster. It was used in the ‘90s during the Tuscan movement. However, today’s Venetian plaster has been improved upon and has recently become popular when looking for a minimalist style. The difference between this plaster and others is there are no aggregates mixed with it. Traditional Venetian plaster has a shiny surface, while Marmorino plaster has more of a matte finish. It is a durable, low-maintenance product that is forgiving. Applying it is a complicated procedure that must be performed by someone who knows what they are doing.
Lime Plaster Cost
Expect to pay around $9 to $11 for a square foot of this product. One of the best choices, lime plaster, is lightweight, flexible, and crack resistant. It is a mixture of hydrated lime, sand, and water. While lime plaster is breathable, it doesn’t work well in extremely damp environments. Application requires a talented, experienced plaster specialist. You will see it often in older homes due to its flexibility.
Gypsum Plaster Cost
Gypsum plaster cost per square foot is $10 to $11. Gypsum plaster is an excellent choice as it is easy to install, does not require an extra finish, and provides good thermal insulation. It is stylish but also deters the spread of fire. On the con side, it doesn’t recover well from water damage, is less robust mechanically, and may be prone to rust due to steel corrosion.
Cement Plaster Price
The cost of cement plaster per square foot is $11 to $12. Cement plaster is a strong, easy to work with material. It works well in damp conditions. However, it isn’t flexible, so homes that are older or that are settling won’t fare as well and maybe prone to develop cracks in the plaster. It consists of a mixture of plaster, sand, cement, and water.
Acoustic Plaster Price
For acoustic plaster, expect to pay $13 to $14 a square foot. Acoustic plaster is mixed with cotton fibers to achieve its primary purpose of soundproofing. It is an easy install and produces a lovely finish that can be made to look like marble, stone, or cement. It works well as long as the humidity index isn’t above 70%. It doesn’t react well to water or leaks. Acoustic plaster is typically used for commercial buildings where soundproofing is required but could be used for a music or theater room in a house.
It is an expensive install at $15 to $16 per square ft with labor and materials. Originating in Moroccan architecture, Tadelakt is a lime-based product that is mixed with black soap from olives. The soap makes it waterproof and water-resistant. This unique blend makes tadelakt perfect for bathroom and kitchen applications. Though extremely durable, it has its drawbacks as it is challenging to repair and usually needs to be replaced if damaged.
DIY or professional?
- Plastering is one of the few trades where it pays off to get a professional to carry out the work for you. This is for the following reasons:
- There is a deeper level of knowledge and skill required to obtain a perfect finish.
- It requires the use of specialised tools and equipment (scaffolding for example, is required when rendering a multistorey building).
- The results of a poor DIY job may take time to come to light but may result in more damage than it would have cost to hire a plasterer in the first place.
- A professional plasterer hired via RatedPeople for example is insured and will provide a guarantee for their work.
- When all the factors above are taken into consideration, it becomes evident that hiring a professional plasterer is worth it. You will need to ensure you do your research to find the best plasterer available for the money you are willing to pay.
Average plastering costs?
How much you will pay for getting your room or entire house plastered will depend on the amount of plastering to be done. Most plasterers will use a measurement of how many square metres of wall space will require covering. This is mostly due to the number of plasterboards and other materials the plasterer will need to purchase, how long the work will take and the labour of course. Hitch Property Constructions has a wide range of Melbourne plaster painting
Standardising costs to a per square metre basis allows you to compare quotes with ease. Another popular means plasterers use is a measure of the room size. This is why it’s common to find pricing in terms of small, medium and large rooms. All this does is it gives you a starting point because until the plasterer comes in to have a look at the job at hand, all you have is an estimate.
Common types of plastering jobs
There are some plastering jobs which plasterers call their staple, or bread and butter jobs. These are given below, with an estimate of the price and time it will take to complete each type of job. Again, this will provide you with an estimate from which you can work out your budget.
This is one of the most common jobs for plasterers which some home owners can probably carry out on their own. Repairing or re-skimming over existing plaster to correct blemishes in plaster. For a small room, prices range between $380 and $500.
For medium rooms, you can expect to pay from $420 and $550 respectively. Average duration is between 1 and 2 days depending on the size of the room.
New Plaster Walls Only
Another popular job is applying new plaster to walls. This job involves stripping the existing plaster and takes slightly longer than replastering. Other aspects of the job include dry lining, skimming and applying cosmetic finish to the plaster.
Costs for small, medium and large rooms start from $600, $$650 and $1,000 respectively. This price includes materials and labour but excludes VAT as some of the contractors are self employed or work as sole traders and are not VAT registered. Old plaster will require a skip for disposal and this may increase the overall cost of the job. A typical plastering job will last between 2 and 4 days.
Plastering the ceiling is one aspect of plastering that takes a lot of effort but can be done quickly with the right tools and equipment. Overboarding and plastering a small, medium or large ceiling should cost from $$200, $280 and $425 respectively. Time wise, it should take anything from 6-12 hours for the small ceiling, 8-12 hours for the medium sized ceiling to 2-3 days for the large ceiling.
Unless you are an accomplished plasterer this is one aspect of the trade best left to professionals. Prices will depend on the size of the property and whether it’s a single or multi-storey building. Additional costs for multi-storey buildings are incurred from scaffolding hire which can be costly.
For guide price purposes we have assumed plastering a small 2-bed bungalow, a two-storey 3 bed semi and a 4 bedroom detached house so as to cover the most common types of properties. The estimated price for plastering the bungalow also makes the assumption that no scaffolding will be needed. For a simple flat render with a sponge finish you can expect to pay the following:
- 2 bedroom bungalow – anything from $1,900 and 4-6 days to complete.
- 3 bedroom semi – prices from $3,800 and 5-8 days for the job excluding scaffolding hire. Always ensure the final price you are quoted includes everything needed to do the job.
- 4 bedroom detached house – from $4,500 and 7-14 days for the finish.
As you can see from the information above, the costs for various plastering activities varies. Using a site like MyJobQuote will allow you to control your costs while finding a reputable and trusted plasterer.
Plaster Removal Cost
In older homes, it may be necessary to remove plaster walls or ceilings. The biggest problem in removing old plaster is the possibility of the presence of asbestos. Asbestos is a very dangerous construction material used primarily before the1980s. The natural mineral is a carcinogen and causes mesothelioma, a deadly cancer. Only those with training and education in asbestos should remove plaster due to this risk. It is a messy job to remove plaster that creates lots of dust, and it is easy to inhale asbestos 5. Asbestos removal can be expensive. The average cost for removal starts at $400 to $500 and goes to as much as $10,000 for a more complicated project.
Plaster can become water damaged, cracked, buckled, bulging, or otherwise unusable. Remember that often the plaster can be repaired. This is always the best recourse. Plaster is thicker than many other types of walls and provides a natural acoustic barrier. It is also a major factor in the authenticity of historic homes. The cost to remove plaster walls is $2.10 to $3.20 per square foot. Check out Hitch Property Constructions for a huge range of Melbourne plaster painting
Removing a plaster ceiling is slightly more expensive due to the nature of the work. It requires standing on a ladder or scaffolding with the neck and arms up for hours at a time. The cost to remove a plaster ceiling is $3.50 to $6.90 per square foot.