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Understanding your homes wall coverings is essential if you plan to
be an active member of your homes remodeling, repairs, and
decoration. You will need to know what your interior wall surface is
made of in order to make safe and effective decisions regarding
paint, wall treatments, and even when building an addition.
Plaster happens to be the most common form of interior wall
surfaces. Generally, plaster is a mixture of lime or gypsum with
sand and water. Once applied, it hardens into a smooth solid. It is
used to cover walls and ceilings.
Plasters durability can be compared with concrete. Both are made
from a mixture of dry compounds. A chemical reaction occurs when
water is added to this mixture. The ingredients begin a
crystallization process that eventually causes the plaster to become
solid. The result is a dense, hard surface.
It is important to watch out for plastered walls forming
stress-cracks. This type of repair can be handled by a professional
plasterer. Even older homes with more decorative plastering can be
repaired with the proper skills and tools.
In the past, plaster was applied to thin wood strips called lath
boards. Additional elements were often added to the plaster to make
it stronger. In more recent times, veneer plaster systems have been
introduced. Veneer plaster systems are similar to drywall, such as
being applied over special gypsum core boards and stimulating a
similar appearance to plaster. However, is it typically faster to
install, more durable, and exceedingly stronger.