Glossary of Plastering Terms

Float and set is used when plasterers are completing work to a high quality finish. It consists of two coats. The first coat is a backing coat followed by a skim finish coat. The walls are finished to a high quality, smooth finish ready for decoration. Please contact us for more details.
Prior to skimming a surface our professional plastering contractors ensure the surface has been effectively prepared, ensuring the wall is bonded correctly and that plaster will not crack.

A float is used by our skilled craftsmen to carefully and quickly work skimming plaster, leaving a finish of the highest quality. We can provide full two coat skim, over-boarded ceilings and skim, replacement ceilings and skimming, repair work and float and set.

Our contractors work promptly skimming walls to fit with your building or refurbishment schedule and contracts. Our domestic plasterers treat your home with the utmost respect when working in it.

The nature of plastering naturally creates some dust however your house is left as neat and tidy as it was found, with carefully crafted smooth walls ready for decorating.

Clients and partnerships on project work can include building contractors, shop-fitters, new build project managers, refurbishment specialists, housing associations, schools, restaurant owners and local authorities.

MF Ceilings are metal framed ceilings which are often used in offices, other commercial premises and some apartment buildings.

The metal framework is suspended by strap hangers. The MF ceiling is supported by galvanised channels. A number of plasterboard lining systems can be fixed to the MF ceiling to meet with acoustic and fire rating regulations.

We often carry out MF ceiling installations as part of dry lining projects and suspended ceilings, stud walls and jumbo stud walls can also be provided and fitted for your business premises.

Other plastering related services available include dot and dab, stud wall linings and office and commercial partitions.

What is Dry lining ? Dry lining is a popular way of adjoining plasterboard to surfaces including masonry, wood or metal. Fixings are used which are appropriate to the surface the plasterboard is to be attached to.

‘Dot and Dab’ is the technique often adopted when putting a dry lining onto masonry surfaces. An adhesive is used to attach the plasterboard to the wall. This adhesive is attached to the wall in a solid perimeter dab to help with air loss and around any electrical sockets and door openings.

The plasterboard is then carefully pushed onto the dabbed adhesive and checked for level and line. Tacking is often regarded as a more straightforward process and involves dry-lining onto timber or metal stud walls and ceilings. Once the plasterboard has been cut to size, it is adjoined to the timber or metal ceiling or stud walls with drywall screws. This plasterboard can then be skimmed or taped and jointed.

The former involves our plastering contractors skimming over the entire surface to create a smooth finish. With joint taping, the tapered edges of the plasterboard are taped with jointing tape and then filled with joint filling compound, along with any screw holes. Joint cement can then be applied and sanded to a smooth finish.

The Benefits Of Dry Lining Plasterboard is relatively quick and clean to work with and so there are commercial benefits to taking this approach, to both the client and the plastering contractor. It is a versatile method which also benefits from the fact that the board is quite light in weight. There are different types of plasterboard.

Acoustic boarding comes in an array of thicknesses depending on your requirements. This application is also used in conjunction with sound-deadening insulation to provide a sound proof room. Moisture resistant plasterboards are generally used in areas where moisture needs to be controlled.

Moisture boards come in a range of sizes and thicknesses. Fire boards are also available in thicknesses to suit your needs. This fire resistant board is used to meet regulations regarding how fire retardant boards must be. These are put in buildings between floors (for example in between flats with timber joists), and around RSJ’s.

Standard wall boards are used in general applications with basic requirements. For example, between standard stud walls, where no specific fire or sound-proofing regulations apply. Duraline plasterboard is a high impact resistant plasterboard and only comes in 15mm thickness.

This is generally used on partitions and walls where there is a higher risk of impact. These help protect corridors and similar environments. Types Of Buildings Which Benefit From Dry Lining We are able to work on commercial new build and refurbishments which require the use of dry lining. Based in Nottingham, we dryline and carry out all other aspects of commercial plastering across the UK.

Several projects at present incorporating dry-lining or drywall work are for property development businesses as well as commercial end users including offices and showrooms. We can work for housing associations, commercial property managers, facilities management organisations, shop and office-fit out and construction companies. Clinics, hospitals and schools can also place contracts with us.

A & G Plastering Contractors Ltd can carry out the construction and installation of commercial stud walls, metal stud partitions and walls. This metal studwork is often carried out in offices but can be provided in any commercial or public sector building.

We can also carry out work for housing associations, local authorities and landlords as well as carrying out plastering work for domestic clients. Metal framing is used in the construction of partition walls and gives very good fire resistance together with the additional benefit of sound installation given to existing buildings.

We can insert sound resistant bars with plasterboard as a form of sound insulation. These can be combined with systems designed to reduce the noise on intermediate floors, both airborne sound and impact sound.

monocouche colour swatchesMonocouche translates as ‘one coat’ and is an advanced render formulation. It is applied to either the exterior or interior of building facades, providing both decoration and protection from the elements. This modern rendering is applied in one coat and cures as one layer on the building as an attractive architectural finish.

K Rend – Innovative Render We are pleased to use K Rend – one of the finest and most innovative renders available. The render is guaranteed not to fade for thirty years (saving you or your clients from having to paint it during that period) and is available in 20 attractive colours.

The innovative silicon technology used in K Rend makes for a water repellent surface with a drier finish which resists algae and limebloom more than many other materials.

K-Rend has also been awarded the prestigious Kitemark licence to BS EN 998:2003, which assesses products for quality, safety and performance requirements. The colours available are shown below:

We are pleased to offer commercial and domestic rendering services throughout central England (both East and West Midlands). What is rendering? Rendering weather proofs building walls and allows plastering and construction companies to apply an aesthetically pleasing finish to the wall using a variety of textures.

A mixture of lime, cement and sand in the correct proportions are often used to render buildings exteriors. The proportions applied to the render mixture are dependent on the strength and porosity of the building walls and so experience really comes into its own when deciding on the necessary approach.

Weather conditions can also influence the success of rendering – for example exposure to the sun can be minimised by starting on a shaded side of the building. Frost can also create some issues when applying render, and extreme heat also requires a certain approach to protect coats from drying out too quickly.

Breeze blocks are commonly rendered over to create an attractive finish. A float and sponge finish can also be applied to sand cement rendering. We are also pleased to announce that we regularly use award winning K Rend products in monocouche (one coat) rendering on properties for landlords, private home owners, commercial properties, housing associations and local authorities.


A & G Plastering Contractors Ltd in Nottingham delivers a high quality commercial and domestic plastering service to new build projects, restaurants, bars and leisure facilities, offices and other business premises.

Property management companies, partnerships with shop fitters, housing associations and local authorities all benefit from our plastering services across the East Midlands region including Nottingham, Derby, Leicestershire as well as Staffordshire, the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

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