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Cost of plastering a ceiling
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Checkatrade

Are the ceilings in your home looking worn and cracked? Sometimes, a fresh lick of paint only goes so far. Getting some fresh plaster up can help return your ceilings to their former glory. But what is the cost of plastering a ceiling?

Whether to remove Artex, to fix a leak or as part of a room renovation project, plastering your ceiling can enhance the look and feel of your home. In some cases, it’s critical in preventing damage to your property. Of course, plastering is a time-consuming task, and the work is messy by nature.

If you’ve got the know-how, the right tools and the time to spare, DIY is certainly possible. However, if you aren’t prepared to commit a weekend to it, we recommend calling in a professional.

The cost to plaster a ceiling can vary depending on a number of factors. To get you started, we’ve pulled together average prices in the UK with tips for keeping within budget.

Cost provided itemUnitCost - Range LowCost - Range HighAverage UK Cost
Plaster ceiling small
Per project£200£350£275
Plaster ceiling mediumPer project£280£440£360
Plaster ceiling largePer project£425£725£575

How much does it cost to plaster a ceiling?

The cost to replaster a ceiling can range between £200 for a small room right up to £700+ for larger projects. On average, we recommend budgeting around £400 for a medium-sized ceiling.

DIY can be tempting to keep the costs to a minimum.

In many cases, DIY attempts can actually rack up more costs than hiring a plasterer when seemingly minor but critical mistakes are made. What’s more, getting that perfect finish demands the expertise and specialist equipment of a dedicated tradesperson.

It’s worth keeping in mind that the cost to replaster a ceiling will also vary depending on your location. While the costs provided are a UK average, quotes will naturally be higher in big cities where there is increased competition.

Another key factor affecting the cost is complexity. Should your ceiling have areas that are particularly difficult to access, specialist equipment will see a slight increase to the price-tag.

Cost of skimming a ceilingCost of skimming a ceiling

Skimming or ‘top coat plastering’ is a technique that involves applying a thin coat of plaster to existing plaster to create a smooth, even surface primed for decorating. Ahead of skimming, the ceiling will need to be cleaned and prepared to ensure no debris gets trapped underneath.

Very often, DIYers approach the project without knowledge of just how quickly topcoat plaster can harden. Skimming your ceiling demands impeccable timing: both rushing and dawdling can make for poor results. So, although the task may sound fairly straightforward, achieving a perfectly smooth surface requires the skill of a trained professional.

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Cost to replaster a ceilingHow much does it cost to skim a ceiling?

The average cost to skim a ceiling can range anywhere between £200-£500 for a professional plasterer. Prices will depend on the size of the surface area and the complexity of the task.
If you’re replastering your ceiling to remove Artex, it’s worth getting clued up on the costs with our dedicated guide.

How to skim a ceiling

Once you have prepared your ceiling for skimming, mix equal parts of water and plaster to achieve a thick, smooth consistency. The mix should be free of lumps, so it’s important not to rush this step.

To skim the ceiling, apply some clean water to the area you’re tackling first. Next, add a small amount of plaster to the edge of your trowel and scrape the ceiling to create a thin, even layer. We recommend applying the plaster in rows of roughly a metre long.

Once the entire ceiling is coated, let it set – this could take up to 48 hours, so prepare to be patient. After the plaster has set, you can use the same technique to apply a second coat.

Cost to replace ceiling

As well as being unsightly, cracks in your ceiling can leave your property vulnerable to leaks and further damage. Replacing or boarding over your existing ceiling will be necessary if cracks or sags start to show.

On average, the cost to replace your entire ceiling can range between £400 for a small ceiling to £1000 for a larger room.

In older properties, you will need to consider health and safety issues such as asbestos and lead paint. Ahead of replacing the ceiling, contact your local council. We recommend always taking advice from a vetted Checkatrade member to guide you on the best option for your property.

Cost to replaster a ceiling

The average cost to overboard and plaster a ceiling in the UK is £400, although smaller box rooms will likely sit more around the £250 mark. Depending on the size of your ceiling, the task will take anything between 6-12 hours for a small to medium-sized room.

Cost to replace ceiling

A timeframe of around 2-3 days is to be expected for larger ceilings, including the time taken for the plaster to set.

Cost of plastering a ceiling checklist

  • Plastering a ceiling can improve the appearance of any room, with costs starting at £200 for a small ceiling.
  • Skimming your ceiling is an effective way to remove lumps and prime for painting but requires skill and expertise
  • The costs of fixing mistakes from DIY can be greater than the costs to hire a plasterer.
  • Additional tasks such as removing Artex will increase the costs – make sure you factor this into your budget when sourcing a quote.

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