When most people think about plastering they think of interior walls of a home or maybe the ceiling. This is quite common as for years the main focus of plastering was always in the interior as plaster is a very durable product that stands up well along the test of time as long as it does not reach the elements. Well there are newer things that are being used to take plaster to a whole new level. Rendering, or outdoor plastering is one of them. This is something that not a lot of people are all that familiar with but it is gaining wide spread acceptance all over the world. Rendering actually started out in Europe many years ago. It was a popular way for people to have a nice looking home without spending a lot of money on costly exterior repairs and remodeling. This type of thing spread to the United States and beyond over the course of time and it is now common place to see rendering, especially that of colored rendering, all over the world.


Rendering is a mixture of plastering and cement that creates an ultra tough bond to the exterior of the home and protects it from the elements. Rendering plaster, also known as clay plaster, is a mixture of common elements that work in conjunction with one another to form this bond. Most of the mixture is plaster but from a different source and then one must consider the cement which is used as an adhesive. The cement pulls double duty, not only is it used to bond the plaster to the intended area, it is also intended to protect the plaster from the elements. The combination of these two elements has created a fool proof method of protecting the home from the elements of weather and creating a wonderful look at the same time.

Rendering is very similar to plastering when it is applied. It is possible to say that it is a touch more difficult. Rendering plaster is much harder to work with and sets about three times faster then that of the interior version. For this reason one must be prepared to work faster in order to ensure that none of the plaster is being lost to hardening or drying. There is also the issue of working outside in the elements. Rendering plaster can only be applied when the temperature is above sixty degrees or it will not set properly and failure will result. Rain is another enemy of rendering plaster. If it is wet before it dries then the plaster will not set and will eventually crack as the moisture causes fissures in the plaster over time.

There are many products on the market that will make rendering easier. The new spray on rendering is very popular and comes in a wide variety of colors. This will save a lot of money and time in buying and mixing the proper pigments. Many people are moving to this type of rendering to help cut the cost of applying the plaster to the exterior of their homes.

Dry lining

There are many things that have been great advancements in home improvement over the last one hundred years and dry wall or sheet rock is one of them. As the next generation of plaster coating for walls, dry walling has gained wide spread acceptance and the standard for homes and companies when it comes to wall coverings. This is only natural as dry wall is nothing more then plaster that has been hardened in between a layer of paper on each side. This has made the plaster easier to work with and made the finished product much easier to deal with in terms of painting and such. Today most people have dry wall in their homes. Not only is it easy to use and too paint but it is also a great way to further insulate a home against the outside elements. It is written that homes featuring one half inch thick dry wall can save as much as thirty percent on the heating and cooling bills. That percentage goes up when the dry wall that is used is over three fourths of an inch thick. This is just one of the many advantages of having dry wall in a home.

Dry walling

Dry walling is a skill that just about anyone can learn. Using the best tools that are available one can easily learn how to hang and finish dry wall without a lot of trouble. This is due to the fact that dry walling is so much easier to do then the standard plastering. There is a lot less work and a lot less in the way of necessary tools and materials that go into dry walling as opposed to standard plastering. Most often a person has the proper tools for dry walling laying around the garage with a few small exceptions. This is in stark contrast to plastering where there is a lot of tools that are needed and most of them are things that a normal person would not have in their possession. For dry walling a person should have a good hammer or screw gun, a strong ladder or maybe a pair of dry wall stilts, and most important is a taping knife.

The first step to dry walling is too hang the board. Start with the largest sections first and work your way around the room. This is assuming that you are not doing the ceiling. If you are doing the ceiling then you will need to start with it too make sure everything comes out right. When hanging the board whether with nails or screws you will need to make sure that the heads of the fasteners are sunk into the dry wall. This will make it possible for you to cover the holes with dry wall mud later on when the time is right.

Once you have all the dry wall hung you will need to make sure that the joints are covered. For this you will need mud and tape. Simply apply a thin layer of mud to the joint then run tape down it. Cover the tape with mud and wait for it to dry before sanding it smooth.


One might think that there is very little that goes into plastering from the point of materials that are used. Well that is anything but true. There is a lot more to plastering then some simple plaster and a trowel. Plaster has come a long way from the early days of this materials usage. In the early days it was nothing more then a simple compound that was used to cover the walls. The appearance meant very little and people were in a hurry to get things done when the time came. Well the times have changed and today plaster is one of the more complicated materials to use when you are doing any kind of home improvement project. Whether you are looking to work outside on the exterior of the home with a certain kind of plaster or maybe looking to add some texture to the walls of the interior, there are a lot of choices that you will need to make. Of course some of them are part of the persons preference from a style point of view but others are about making sound decisions when it comes to the durable state of plaster as a whole.

For standard interior plastering one cannot go wrong with gypsum. This material is commonly used as a joint compound when applying dry wall but it serves a dual purpose. In plastering realms there is the fact that gypsum can be used to texture a wall, through a sprayer or maybe by sponge. The gypsum plaster is highly durable and adds a lot of beauty to a home. The fact of this plaster is that it is highly popular because it accepts paint very well and there is no need to prime over it. The plaster will not let the paint sink in like dry wall would and that makes it cost less when it comes time to paint. You will also find that gypsum plaster stays cleaner then the standard dry wall, mostly because you have a moisture block embedded inside the plaster that prevents things from becoming quite so dirty.

If you are looking for outside beauty then you cannot go wrong when it comes to clay plasters. Just like they sound, clay plasters are a mixture of standard plaster and clay to make it a very durable exterior finish. Plastering the exterior with clay is also referred to as rendering in some circles. The finished product looks similar to stucco and allows the exterior to have a clean and highly beautiful look that is not achievable with siding or the like.

Mica coating

Mica coating is also becoming popular with plastering people. Adding mica dust to the plaster gives it a reflective and almost sparkly finish that is becoming all the rage with some circles. This is an inexpensive way to add some variety to plaster without having to paint the surface and it will actually save you money in the long run.
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