If shifting, moisture or other problems have damaged the plaster walls in your home, quality repairs can restore their condition and appearance. Professional plaster contractors have the skills and tools necessary to correct blemishes and prevent additional damage and deterioration. The nature of problems and the characteristics of your plaster finish will help determine the expense of repairs.
Repairing Cracked Plaster
Shifting, settling and impact may create cracks in plaster that can be unsightly and lead to further damage if not corrected. Repairs typically cost between $142 and $547, depending on the severity of the crack and the time and skill needed for the job. Small cosmetic blemishes can often be filled without special preparation, while a large or long crack may need reinforcement or repair before refinishing the surface of the plaster.
Repairing holes in plaster may entail patching with mesh, lath, drywall, and new coats of plaster, depending on their size. Your contractor will evaluate the damage to your walls to determine the best technique for the project, typically costing about $108 to repair small holes and $442 for fixing large areas.
Mending Water Damaged Plaster
Water can cause severe damage to plaster and underlying lath, often leading to extensive repairs. Your contractor may need to remove some material to determine the extent of damage and plan an appropriate restoration, so it may be difficult to anticipate the cost of the project without a thorough assessment. Repairs prices range from $201 to $873, since the requirements of the job may vary from resurfacing a rippled finish to removing and replacing all plaster coats or even replacing damaged wooden lath.
Restoring Damaged Ornamental Plaster
Ornamental plaster details provide a significant design element for a room, but can quickly become eyesores when damaged. Repairing ornamental plaster can be time consuming work that requires a high level of skill and comes at an average price of $1048. Your contractor can evaluate the nature and extent of damage, as well as the design and overall condition of plaster elements, to determine the requirements and expense of your restoration.
The accessibility of your repair area plays an important part in the cost of the job. Repairing plaster damage on walls costs an average of $264, compared to $417 for work on ceilings, though the expense of either project may increase with the height of the walls. You can expect higher repair rates if your contractor must use special equipment such as a lift or staging to reach the location of damaged plaster.
An experienced plastering contractor can skillfully match the finish of existing walls to provide an attractive and consistent surface. The features of your plaster finish will contribute to the cost of the job, since the time and skill needed to replicate the surface may vary. Repairs to common textured finishes cost an average of $319, while the added expertise needed to achieve a smooth finish contributes to costs around $507.
Planning for Plaster Repairs
The type and severity of damage to the plaster in your home can help your contractor plan an effective repair method and estimate project costs. Consider the location and extent of damage as well as repair methods and finishes when budgeting for your restoration project.