Once upon a time, the construction of residences, office buildings, stores, or any kind of building, the interior plastering was one of the most particular and important parts of the construction.
For modern wall and ceiling repair, Berkshire Painters have perfected a technique of re-anchoring classic plaster & lathe walls and resurfacing them to like-new condition. Repaired plaster is much superior to, and more inexpensive than demolishing and rebuilding with drywall.
The cost of the material and labor in the plastering contract was only a small percentage of the cost of other contracts, such as the mason’s or carpenter’s contract, etc., yet to the owner and ultimate occupant of the building it was of the greatest importance.
This is because it is that part of the construction with which one comes in daily contact, and it is the interior plastering of the building that largely determines the noisiness due to the reflection and transmission of sound.
In all building construction there is a great amount of work in which there is no common interest between architect, engineer and owner, such as the strength of beams, type of construction, etc. These are features which have to be left entirely to the architect and engineer because they are subjects regarding which the owner usually knows very little.
The plastering, however, is the feature regarding which there should be a common interest because it is of such vital importance, and being that part of the building so much in evidence and a subject so simple that it should be readily understood by everyone.
The plastering on the interior walls and ceilings is generally FOR Plaster from 3″ to 5″ thick, measuring from the inside surface of the lathing against the studding to the outside surface of the plaster. This is what is called the thickness of the grounds.
Plaster adheres to wood lath because of the clinch of the material in the openings between the lath. It adheres to brick, tile or plasterboard because the suction of these materials draws minute particles of plaster into the voids of the brick or tile, etc., eventually hardening and making a complete bond.