It’s easy to despair when you spot a crack in your plaster – but fixing it is a lot easier than you think.
Plaster is a wonderful and versatile material to work with in your home, lending itself wonderfully to the creation of fantastic shapes and patterns on your walls and ceilings. However, over time, plaster can develop cracks and faults through no fault of your own. If this happens, it’s important to know to fix it before it gets worse.
Make it bigger
Believe it or not, making a bigger hole or crack is a good idea. Wait! We haven’t gone mad. Fixing larger cracks is lot more straightforward than smaller ones, as it’s easier to pack the crack with a filler. We recommend using plaster of Paris, as it doesn’t shrink as it dries, or buying a pre-mixed plaster repair compound.
Fill it in
Clear any loose pieces of plaster before filling the gap as you don’t want any additional faults appearing afterwards. Then fill the hole in with your filler of choice, working it deep into the crack and smoothing it over. Always leave it for at least 24 hours to dry before adding more plaster, sanding or painting.
Calling in the professionals
Of course, some cracks are bigger and more serious than others. If you’re in doubt about carrying out your plaster repairs yourself, then it’s always a good idea to call in the professionals. A reputable plaster repair company will ensure that the job is done quickly and to the highest standard. It’s a good idea to let a professional do it if your plaster is particularly ornate too.
So if you see cracks appear in your plasterwork now, you’ll know what to do! Don’t be tempted to leave them for a while, as like everything else, they’ll get more severe and much, much harder to fix. No matter if you do it yourself or call for some help – it’ll be looking as good as new in no time.