How much does plastering cost?

Good quality plaster work is an essential part of any refurbishment or project.

We understand that homeowners are often after a bargain but be aware that while it may be possible to get a cheap quote, you may be far from happy with the end result.

Here at J L Plastering & Son we offer a great product with competitive prices in all aspects of plastering and rendering.

Don’t understand all the technical terms?

Don’t worry... J L Plastering & Son are ready to help.  Whether a small or large job we will advise you on the most appropriate work required for your situation. Some of the more common aspects are listed and explained below.

  • Skimming
  • Plaster Boarding
  • Rendering
  • Pebble Dash
  • Floor Screeds
  • Lime Plaster
  • K-rend System
  • Artex Skimming
  • Swimming Pools
  • Wet Rooms
  • Damp Proofing
  • Float and Set
  • Insulation
  • Insurance Work
  • Building Work


Skimming is the application of a finish coat to a wall or ceiling. It’s usually applied in 2 coats to (approx. 3-4 mm in total) but in one setting and is then troweled smooth and ready for sealing and painting. Skim coats   can be applied to most surfaces where a good finish is required and the background is sound. Preparation will usually be involved to ensure the skim sticks to the surface if applying to an old wall, Artex or painted surface. The procedure is relativity quick and dries in approximately 2-4 days depending on conditions. It is particularly good for old walls where filling and sanding would not be economical and sufficient for a good finish and also is excellent for smoothing over Artex ceilings and walls.

Float and set

This is the application of 2-coat plaster work (wet plastering) there are many different base coat products including: bonding coat, hard wall, sand and cement and many more that can be used depending on the situation. This would normally be used on block work or brick walls and is applied approximately 10-15 mm thick for the first coat and 3-4 mm skim on top. The backing or base coat is ruled off with a straight edge, allowed to dry and finish with a skim coat that can be painted. In some cases the base coat will need to be left over night to dry before applying the skim coat.   

Dot and Dab

Dot and dab is an alternative to a float and set and involves sticking sheets of plasterboard to the wall and them skimming smooth. It can be a much quicker process to a float and set as it  can be skimmed sooner and drying times are shorter.

Over boarding

This process would be used for example when an Artex of old lathe and plaster ceiling cannot be skimmed due to being un-sound. Plaster board sheets are fixed through the existing ceiling in to the ceiling joists which then provides a fresh plasterboard surface to skim. It can be particularly useful as an alternative to pulling own a ceiling, thus saving time, mess and money.


Rendering is the application of sand and cement on two exterior walls. It again is usually a 2 coat process 10-20 mm which consists of a scratch coat first which would be left over night to dry after being scored to give a key for the top coat. The top coat is then applied, ruled off floated with plastic trowels, then sponged to a consistent finish.  The drying process can sometimes be lengthy depending on conditions but usually around 4 weeks before painting.

Pebbledashing / Spar

This process of external rendering where smooth pebbles or jagged chips used in sparing are thrown or  “dashed”  onto the top coat of the  render before it dries so that they stick to it and provide a weathering surface.

K Rend

K Rend is an external render system, applied in one or two coats. The render is available in a variety of colours.

Lime Plaster

Lime plaster is used for traditional and listed buildings for breathability.

Stud Partition Walls

A Stud Partition involves erecting interior walls. This allows customers to easily change the layout of rooms making them larger or smaller depending on the individual customer request. Stud partitions can also be used in blocking up unwanted doorways or openings and covering unsightly commodities, e.g. Pipe work, larger wires or any other customer preferences.