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Local plasterers in South Oxfordshire

​​There are plenty of good plastering companies and local plasters in South Oxfordshire who come well recommended by your neighbours.

We have two quick and easy ways to find a reliable local plasterer near you:

  1. Search for local plastering companies in South Oxfordshire and contact them yourself

  2. Use our handy request a quote feature and we’ll find them for you – tell us what you need doing, we’ll reach out to recommended plastering contractors in your area and they'll contact you directly.

How much does a plasterer cost?

The average daily rate for a plasterer is about £175 per day. That said, the total plaster cost will depend on the type of work that you’re hiring them for and the size of the job.

The average cost of plastering a small crack is around £100, whereas the cost to plaster a whole room can range from around £600 to over £1,300.

That’s why it’s always important to get quotes from local plasterers in South Oxfordshire, so that you know exactly what sort of price you’ll need to pay for your plastering job.

Cost of plastering a ceiling

Plastering a ceiling is one of the most common jobs that local plasterers are hired for in the UK. Here are some of the average plastering costs for ceilings:

  • Cost of plastering a small ceiling – £275

  • Cost of plastering a medium ceiling – £360

  • Cost of plastering a large ceiling – £575

Cost to plaster a room

When it comes to the cost to plaster a room, the price you pay will depend on the size of the room. Here are some average prices for plastering contractors to plaster a room:

  • Plastering a small room – £650

  • Plastering a large room – £1,200

Cost to skim a ceiling

The average plasterer cost to skim a ceiling is usually somewhere in the region of £200 - £500, depending on the size of the surface area and the condition of the ceiling. If you need to remove Artex from the ceiling, that will cost extra.

Factors affecting the cost of plastering

When you’re planning plastering work in your home, it’s important to understand that the total cost of plastering will be affected by a number of factors. These include:

  • Size of the area to be plastered

  • Access to the space – external walls or high ceilings general cost more to plaster

  • Scaffolding, if needed

  • Condition of existing plaster

  • Time taken to complete the job

  • Quantity and quality of material used

  • Level of finish – paint or decorative finishes will increase the cost

Quotes for plastering cost per m2

As with all home improvement projects, we always recommend obtaining at least three quotes from different local plasterers in your area. By shopping around you can make sure you're paying a fair and competitive price for the work.

Thankfully, our handy request a quote feature makes finding multiple quotes quick and easy. All you need to do is post details about the plastering work you need doing and we’ll send it out to local plasterers in your area. Try it out – it's quick and easy!

What does a plasterer do?

A plasterer is a skilled tradesperson who is typically trained to cover one of the two main types of plastering work: solid plastering or ornamental plastering. Solid plastering is generally what most homeowners are thinking of when they think of plastering a room, as it involves creating a smooth finish on surfaces like walls, floors, and ceilings.

Ornamental plastering, otherwise known as fibrous plastering, focuses on creating structures such as ornamental columns, cornices and moulds. Some plasterers will cover both types of plastering work, but many will specialise and be highly skilled in one particular area of plastering.

Plastering a house in South Oxfordshire - common jobs

Here are some of the most popular jobs that your neighbours in South Oxfordshire hire a plasterer for:

  • Plastering a room

  • Wall skimming

  • Applying a new finish to a ceiling or wall

  • Restoring a ceiling or a wall

  • Laying screed on a floor

  • Creating decorative finishes, such as cornices

  • Plastering a house exterior, including pebble dashing

  • Building interior walls with plasterboard

Plasterer tools

In order to carry out plastering work to a high stand, specialist plasterer tools are key. Some of the most common tools that plasterers use include:

  • Hawk - used to carry and hold plaster

  • Window trowel – specifically designed to use around the windows thanks to the smaller blade face that help plaster tighter spaces

  • Finishing trowel – used to smooth out and flatten plaster to create a uniform finish

  • Bucket trowel – used to scoop plaster out of the mixing bucket and onto the hawk

  • Sponge/sandpaper – used to smooth out rough, uneven areas of a surface

  • Plasterers float – a plasterers float create the all-important smooth and high-quality finish to the upper layer of plaster

  • Jointing knife – this is used to determine a straight line and for edging into tight or small spaces

Benefits of hiring a plasterer

If you speak to any local plasterer, you’ll find that they spend a good chunk of their time being called out on jobs to repair botched DIY plastering jobs that have gone wrong. So, before you attempt to do your own plastering at home, here are some of the benefits of hiring a professional plasterer to do the work:

  • Plastering takes skill and precision, which plasterers are trained and experienced in

  • They have the right tools for the job and know the best materials to use

  • Plastering is a messy job and can easily go wrong if you’re not experienced

  • An experienced plasterer will carry out the work to a professional standard

  • Plasterers are well-versed in plastering in a safe and efficient way to avoid any health and safety risks

  • It saves you the time and hassle of having to learn and execute the plastering yourself

How to find a good plasterer

Whether it’s plastering a room, wall skimming or plastering a house exterior, you want to hire a good plasterer that you can trust to do a good job. To help you find a good plasterer in South Oxfordshire, here are our top tips...

1. Look for a plasterer with relevant experience

Like most tradespeople, plasterers often specialise in certain types of plastering work and you want to make sure you’re hiring a plasterer with the right skills for the job that you need doing. You’ll find that some plasterers mainly focus on certain disciplines, such as skimming or rendering skim. If in doubt, make sure you ask the plasterer if they’ve done a lot of work in the area you need their expertise for.

2. Check their customer reviews

An excellent way of checking the quality of service that a plasterer can offer is to check their customers reviews. By reading what previous customers have to say about individual plasters or plastering companies, you’ll get a good idea about their work attitude, professionalism, cleanliness, speed, and responsiveness.

This is particularly important if you’re hiring them for a big plastering job, as they could be working in your home for days. You want to find a friendly, professional plasterer who cleans up after themselves and is efficient at getting the job done.

3. Get quotes (and compare them)

As with all home improvement projects, we always recommend obtaining at least three quotes from different local plasterers in South Oxfordshire. By shopping around you can make sure you're being quoted a fair and competitive price for the work.

And you’re in luck. Our handy request a quote tool makes finding multiple quotes super easy. Simply post details about the work you need doing and we’ll send it out to local tradespeople in your area. Try it out – it's quick and easy!

How long does it take a plasterer to skim a room?

If you’re looking to skim a room, rather than plastering a room from scratch, the average time to complete the job is usually somewhere in the region of 1 - 3 days – depending on the size of the room.

What is wall skimming?

Skimming, otherwise known as skim plastering, is a method of applying a thin layer of plaster to a wall which usually has existing plaster already. Walls and other surfaces are skimmed in order to achieve a smooth finish.

A quick guide to wall skimming

If you’re hiring a plasterer to skim a room in your house, it’s useful to understand what the process involves. Here’s a quick summary of the steps that the plasterer will take when wall skimming:

  1. They’ll prepare all the materials and plasterer tools for the job

  2. The room needs to be prepared by being covered with dust sheets

  3. The walls are cleaned to remove dust and any cracks sealed

  4. A primer is added to finish preparing the walls for skimming

  5. The plasterer will mix the plaster

  6. The first coat of plaster is applied until the whole wall is covered

  7. Once the first coat is complete, the finishing coats of plaster can be applied – with special attention being paid to smooth out the surface of the wall

  8. The plaster is left to dry, which usually takes about 24 hours

  9. Sandpaper is used to remove any imperfections, rough edges, bumps or grooves

  10. The skimming is complete and then the room just needs to be cleaned. Job done.

To find out how much a plasterer might cost, check out our guide on the cost of skimming a room.

Do you have a wall that needs skimming?

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Use our quick and easy search now to find good local plasterers in South Oxfordshire.

How many rooms can a plasterer do in a day?

There really is no one answer to how much a plasterer can do in a day. But we can certainly give you some ideas on how long certain plastering jobs can take to complete. That said, the speed at which a plasterer can complete a job will depend on the complexity of the plastering involved, the size of the job and the individual plasterer's experience and technique.

Some plasterers will naturally work faster than others, and can cover more ground. But speed doesn’t necessarily mean quality. When hiring a local plasterer you want them to work efficiently but do a good job, so don’t be tempted to just hire the person who can do the job the fastest.

Timescales for plastering a house

A good plasterer should be able to give you an estimated timeline for both when they can do the work and how long it will take. Here’s a guide to roughly how long it should take an experienced plasterer to complete these common plastering jobs:

  • Replastering a room – 1 to 3 days

  • Wall skimming – 1 to 3 days (depending on the size and quantity of walls)

  • New plaster on walls – 2 to 4 days (depending on room size)

  • Plastering the ceiling of a small-medium room – 6-12 hours

  • Plastering the ceiling of a large room – 2-3 days

  • External rendering – 4-14 days (depending on the size of the house)

Quotes for plastering work

As part of the quoting process, when you speak to local plasterers make sure you ask them how long they think the job will take. And ideally also ask them what method or technique they will be using. The more information you can get from each plastering company, the easier it is to compare the different quotes you get.

Speaking of quotes, remember you can use our request a quote feature to get multiple quotes from local plasterers in South Oxfordshire.