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Information re-plastering on ceilings

In most cases a ceiling that is artexed can be plastered over depending on the integrity of said ceiling. High points can be removed to help with this process. In houses over a certain age it is possible that the artex can contain asbestos, in this case, the ceiling is sealed and plastered over without disturbing the artex, it is imperative that the home owner in this period of house does not attempt to remove or disturb the artex.

In the case of a ceiling that has weak or water damaged boards, over-boarding is a option, this involves finding the joists and screwing in new plasterboard over the top of the existing ceiling and then skimming it with plaster. Re-boarding can also be utilised in cases where the ceiling has been wallpapered, wallpaper on a ceiling is usually a sign that there are problems with the underling ceiling and is sometimes used as a cheap way of covering this up. If the wallpaper is removed from the ceiling in some cases it is OK to skim the ceiling with plaster but care must be taken to remove all wallpaper as any small remnant will become unstuck and try to push its way through the new plaster in the plastering process.

If a section of ceiling in a lath and plaster ceiling falls down, it most likely a sign that the whole ceiling needs to come down and be re-boarding. The nails holding the lath and plaster become rusty and weak over time and the plaster also can become weak and unstable. The lime plaster used in lath and plaster ceilings is an irritant and should be treated with extreme care, in some cases a lath and plaster ceiling can over-boarded and even re-skimmed as it is. for a lath and plaster ceiling to be re-skimmed it needs to be very stable, to check this it can be gently pushed, if any areas feel spongy this is an indication that it needs to be replaced or over-boarded.

When having a ceiling re-plastered some of the things that should be taken into consideration are, the room where the ceiling is to be re-plastered will need to have all adjoining walls redecorated after plastering, the ceiling cannot be plastered if the adjoining walls are wallpapered although in some cases lining paper is OK, but as a rule of thumb wallpaper on adjoining walls is not a good idea. The room should be cleared although in some cases larger items can be covered and pushed against the wall, but remember the plasterer needs to be able to reach all parts of the ceiling to do his/her job.

“Flat ceilings can increase the saleability of a house as they look more aesthetically pleasing and give a more modern feel” - Ben Clinch - Kingstones Estate Agents.

Flat ceilings can also increase light, cut down on the collection of dust and make rooms look bigger.