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Plastering In The Past!

Did you know that plastering is one of the earliest building methods around? Although the way plaster is made has varied throughout the years, it’s still used throughout the world. Back around 8000 BC in the Fertile Crescent, which is where some of the earliest civilians lived in cities, people there used mud as a type of plaster for their wooden homes. This material helped their huts become stronger and defensive against the weather, insects and creatures. The materials found in plaster would eventually improve in longevity and durability, something that would be used in ancient Egypt for the pyramids. Modern plaster is actually quite similar, due to the calcined gypsum within the ingredients, which is commonly in plaster of Paris.

Did you know that the palaces in Mycenaean Greece used materials of fine lime white stucco for the inside and outside of both the palaces and temples? In Rome, sand and lime were used as a base, on which they added marble dust and gypsum. Hydraulic mortar was used for repairing plaster, but also within their concrete. Plaster continued to be used throughout the mediaeval times, however the things that were added to the mix weren’t the nicest! Did you know that hair and urine were used, as well as eggs, beer and milk? This was to help the mix become more flexible.

Throughout the years, plaster has been used for both practical reasons but also artistically. It is quite common these days to use gypsum board due to the quick installation. However, plaster is a higher quality material that lasts longer, due to plaster walls ageing better and keeping homes comfortable and strong. So, to get the best out of your plaster, call Quaypoint for Plastering in Poole and Bournemouth.

The Pros Of Plastering

Plastering gives a strong and sturdy finish to drywall that already exists. When water leaves the cement mixture, it causes a chemical reaction to happen, which bonds it strongly and makes the wall more durable when plastered. When plaster is used, it provides a clear surface, so paint can be applied evenly. This then gives the opportunity for textural designs, which is aesthetically pleasing to the eye whilst giving your own touch to the property. Plastering is a simple method which can be quick, which means it can be beneficial for time keeping as a project.

It is also eco-friendly, due to being free from pollution, due to the low amount of dust lingering even after a long period of time. There is also less chance of the surface cracking. At the end of the day, plastering is crucial to the renovation progress, to keep your home looking fresh and appealing. For all enquiries about Plastering in Poole, call Quaypoint today.

The Benefits Of Tanking

Due to the permeable nature of brickwork in several basements, moisture can be absorbed. This is particularly an issue in areas with flood risks or bad drainage systems. If waterproofing isn’t a priority, damp can set in which can cause mould and mildew and potentially hazards within the structure. Tanking your basement or cellar is a good step to take, as it will keep it waterproof by creating a barrier.

Potentially if you tank the room, you could have an extra space. Now that it has been protected, you can use it as an extra storage area without the worry of your possessions being damaged by the damp. Sometimes basements and cellars are as large as the bottom floor, so by tanking them you can create the extra space you want.

In the long run, tanking can actually help you save money. As the foundation is being sealed, it will help with energy efficiency due to air not sneaking in. This will lower energy bills, as well as having a waterproof and liveable area. You may find it adds value to your home both practically and visually. You can also keep the value protected by keeping issues avoidable, as well as no surprise bills turning up. This is particularly handy if you ever want to move and sell in the future, as any potential buyers will be pleased they don’t have to do the waterproofing themselves. Call Quaypoint for all your Damproofing in Bournemouth and Poole.

The Benefits Of Cavity Clearing

Do you find your home is susceptible to damp? You may find the insulation you have isn’t quite right. It’s possible that when it was initially installed it wasn’t done properly, or it simply has reached a point where it’s not as good as it once was. If your home was built after the 20s you may find it has a cavity wall, which is produced from two walls with an empty gap in between them, held by wall ties. This gap makes sure that water that may sneak through the cavity then drains away to underneath the damp resistant course, without affecting the inner section of the wall. By clearing out the cavity, it can get rid of any obstructions, therefore reducing damp and cold areas and the issues that come with them.

In order to keep the property free from damp, it depends whether the space between the walls has no blockages. Unfortunately this can cause a bridge to form, which means liquid can find the way to the interior part of the building, causing mould and mildew to develop. Blockages can appear due to a variety of reasons. For instance, when the home was originally built the cavity may not have been cleared out properly. Any work done around the house or any repairs or installations (such as fitting a new vent or boiler) can also cause these issues.

By using cavity clearing, you can find the solution to any existing damp. You will find that your walls will now be clear of any mess, therefore insulation can be fitted. It should be maintenance free which means less stress for those involved, call us for more advice on your Damp proofing problems in Poole.

The Advantages Of Basement Waterproofing

When people think about their basement, they may just think of a dirty, stuffy space for excess storage, or somewhere to do their washing. Quite often though, the basement is wasted space, sometimes ignored to the point where you won’t notice the mould and mildew growing. If your basement is taken care of, then you will find that the value of your property will increase, which is a benefit if you’re thinking of selling.

By waterproofing your basement, you may find your energy bills decreasing. As any damage or cracks are being sealed, you are stopping cold drafts sneaking through during the colder months, therefore benefiting financially. In the warmer seasons, any cracks can cause damp to enter your property, so your air conditioner will be under pressure to remove the humid air. If you mix humid air with the damp, this can create a bad concoction of mould and mildew, sometimes as quickly as 24 to 48 hours. Leaving this to get worse can make the bacteria thrive and put your health at risk.

Remember when you first bought your property and how pleased you were to have it newly decorated, cleaned and furnished. Your property is something important to invest in, so taking pride in how it looks is important. But it is also a benefit to the health of yourself and your family, by keeping the foundation your home sits on safe. For more details on Waterproofing or Damproofing in Bournemouth, call us for a free quptation now.

Why Air bricks are important in every home?

Usually, your home will have a concrete or wooden floor. If it has the latter then there should be a large empty area connecting the floor and lower ground. The wooden floor will have wall plates and joists to support it.

Due to humidity, this space can get muggy and musty, causing issues. Wet Rot is damaging and means pricey timber work, as it could need repairing or replacing. However Dry Rot is disastrous and can cost very expensive damage if it develops. To stop this from happening, the space underneath should be supplied with air flow so it is kept cool. This is done with air bricks.

Clay is the most traditional material used for an air brick, although air bricks from the past were usually cast iron. These days air bricks are plastic, although clay is still highly favoured with most homes, even due to it being slightly pricier than plastic. The holes in the material help the air to go through into the underside of the ground, which lowers the heat. This will help to clear the atmosphere and the space will be cooler.

As well as materials, there are different styles and sizes. It depends on the type of job that needs doing, but a professional will be able to talk to you and give advice on what sort you need for your home. After the air brick has been fitted, it is your job to make sure they don’t get any blockages, as they won’t be as efficient, particularly if the holes get blocked with soil and mess. For more tips and advice on Dam proofing solutions in Poole, call Quaypoint plastering.

Crack Stitching

With older masonry properties, there are generally repairs needed in the structure. It is common for their walls to have cracks. A way of fixing this is to use crack stitching.

Crack stitching is the way in which damaged walls are repaired and strengthened. Crack stitching bars (spiral shaped helical rods that have a diameter of 6mm) are added, and grout is used over the cracks, in order to connect and strengthen the brickwork.

The stainless steel bars are slotted into openings cut into the wall. Grout then helps to attach them chemically, therefore ‘stitching’ them and fixing the masonry. If you want to protect the wall from cold temperatures that may cause freezing and then thawing, it is worth using epoxy filler to seal the crack.

Crack stitching is dependable, fast and an easily hidden way of strengthening walls that have cracks. The bars are simple to fit and don’t cause much disruption, so it makes them favoured by numerous people, call Quaypoint for crack stitching or any plastering in Bournemouth and Poole.

The Common Types of Damp

It’s always good to know what types of damp can materialise in your house, as it’ll be easier to recognise and then treat without it becoming overly expensive.

Condensation is seen as the most recognised. It appears on walls that are cooler than the warm air generated by wet environments such as bathrooms or kitchens. Not having decent ventilation can make the problem worse, something seen in older buildings. Symptoms include drops of water on walls, mould, and a musty smell.

This can cause plaster and paint damage, and should be wiped away carefully. Dehumidifiers can also be helpful in decreasing the moisture built up in the room.

The rising damp happens when water comes into your home from a higher level. Skirting boards and plaster can be affected, as well as marks and patches on walls.

Damp that penetrates through the walls is usually caused by problems with structure, but can also be caused by leaks internally, coming through with mould and water damage.

These are just a few observations to look out for whilst looking after your hom.Call us for all your damp and Dry rot service in Poole.

Spotting Damp areas early

Finding a serious damp problem within the home, can prove an expensive problem to solve. It is vital to be able to identify the warning signals in advance and take early prevention measures to minimise the risks.

Droplets from condensation on the window panes, peeling wallpaper, damp patches and crumbing skirting boards are all early warning signs of potential damp problems ahead. That is the time to consult a professional for their help, which will mean that the problems will be rectified well before the need to undertake heavy remedial work. Call Quapoint for all your damp proofing in Poole and Bournemouth.

Look out for Woodworm

Woodworm is a generic description with regards to the infestation of a wooden item, usually furniture, by wood-eating larvae of many species of beetle.

Live infestations can be spotted by frass found around the holes (a faeces powder) and holes in the wooden item should be visible.

The adult beetles lay eggs just under the surface of a wooden item and the grubs then feed on the wood which in turn causes structural and cosmetic damage. These then pupate and hatch as beetles which then breed and the cycle repeats itself.

These beetles evolved in forest habitats where they consumed dead and damp wood, therefore it is more prominent in homes or buildings where there could be a lack of ventilation or places that suffer from excess damp.

“How do I cure Woodworm in my House”, if you have a question like this and require Woodworm treatment in Bournemouth or Poole call Quaypoint today.

Creative Plastering in Bournemouth

If you have a desire to be creative you could take inspiration from Artist and sculptor Will Cruickshank, who exhibited his work at the Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth, Will is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation.

Using Knauff Plaster he combined the plaster product and coloured thread to create a unique range of bottle and tank shaped sculptures. Will was attracted to the whiteness of the plaster as opposed to the more common range of pink plasters available.

You may not be an artist but the work of a plasterer is very skilful and a good Plasterer can have a significant impact on the look and usability of your space. Look for a plasterer that has wide and extensive experience for your next Plastering job in Bournemouth

Rising Damp

Rising Damp generally occurs in older buildings where there is either no damp proofing, or the damp proofing is out of date or incorrectly installed.

This form of damp originates from ground water rising into the walls and floors inside – hence the name. This form of damp should be treated quickly as it can lead to other forms of damp such as dry and wet rot.

To treat rising damp, which generally rises no higher than a meter up the walls, a full damp proofing course will be needed as well as re-plastering and possibly further treatment depending on how extensive the damage to the property is.

For an accurate damp diagnosis and treatment, contact Quay Point Plastering in Poole today.

Woodworm in Poole

Woodworm can appear in any property, new or old. When untreated, wood boring beetles bury themselves inside the wood in your house and lay larvae which become woodworms.

Quay Point Plasterers are experts in identifying and dealing with problems areas in the home, from spotting potential homes for woodworms to dealing with dry and wet rot.

Dry rot occurs when timber is in a poorly ventilated area and condensation or a leaky roof leave damp timber in perfect conditions for fungus and mould to flourish. Extensive dry rot can cause widespread structural damage.

Wet rot on the other hand occurs when there is a perpetual supply of damp. Leaking pipes or rooves allowing timber below to get and remain damp, in this circumstance, the leak should be fixed and the wet rot treated before the fungus becomes an infestation.

Each home is individual so the best treatment for one home may not be the same as another. Contact Quay Point Plasterers in Poole today to find out which woodworm treatments could work for you.

Damp and your health

2017 was an exceptionally wet year, with higher than average rainfall during the summer which continued into the winter and New Year.

If your home is showing signs of damp it is important to call in an expert to identify the cause. It could be from damaged guttering or downpipes or it could be penetrating damp or rising damp which needs specialist attention to correct.

Damp and mould can seriously affect your health, especially if you are prone to asthma or other respiratory illnesses so engaging your local damp proof specialist to rectify the damp is essential.

British Gypsum has recently launched an innovative new product – Thistle Magnetic Plaster.

The plaster immediately turns any wall into a creative space with hundreds of options for you to personalise it.

Magnetic plaster will not affect electrical goods or Wi-Fi as it is not actually magnetic, it’s just attractive to magnets so people that are concerned about interference with pacemakers and other sensitive electrical equipment need not worry.

As the plaster attracts magnets pictures, posters, decorations, certificates and the like can easily be attached to the walls with magnets without damaging the surface. If you add clear lacquer paint to the wall you can even let the children loose with their felt tips as the surface can be easily cleaned.

Magnetic plaster is particularly useful in the office or in industrial situations where any walls can be turned into notice boards, white boards for training purposes or just a great interactive space for your work force to use. For any plastering in Bournemouth call us for a free quotation today.

New Refurbishment products Launched
Mapei UK has launched Ultratop Loft F and Ultratop Loft W, a highly decorative cementitious product that can be used on walls, floors, staircases and ramps to create a range of modern wall and floor finishes. The products should appeal to designers wishing to create a stylish and contemporary finish to floors and walls. The products can be used to create a classic trowelled or mottled effect. Available in two standard colours they can also be coloured to create an extensive range of colours.
Both products are ideal for creating original floors and walls which will appeal to those looking for something different. The product can be used in both new build or refurbishment projects and can be used to produce a variety of contemporary stylish walls and floors, ideal for creating a distinctive designer appeal. Due to its rapid drying time and resistance to abrasion Ultratop Loft can be used for a wide range of applications where heavy pedestrian traffic is likely, including residential and commercial areas such as shops, restaurants. For all your Dampproofing in Bournemouth, requirements call Quaypoint Plastering today.

British Gypsum has announced three for its specialist board products to follow the launch of its first five environmental product declarations last year,. The latest environmental product declarations are for: 6mm Glasroc F MULTIBOARD; 12.5mm Glasroc H TILEBACKER; and 15mm Glasroc F FIRECASE, which have been produced to simplify sustainable solutions, They are currently the only UK manufacturer to release product specific declarations, which make it clearer to identify the genuine environmental impact of a product.

All the environmental product declarations give independently verified information on environmental performance of the life cycle of a product solution from start to finish. Heidi Barnard, sustainability leader at British Gypsum, said: “Quite rightly, clients and end users are demanding greater transparency on the environmental impact of a project, and as such, every material and component used in the construction.“As EPDs are based on clearly defined EU-wide rules and regulations, they give an indicator of performance that is reliable and transparent, and mean specifiers can be confident in the choice they are making. The independently verified EPDs also allow specifiers to gain evidence for project certification, with no extra cost.”

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