Q: What is different about Elias Plastering LLC?
A: We are skilled professional craftsmen specializing in plaster work. All our employees are also part owners of the company. All are experienced and speak English. We have been plastering since 1985. The supervisors are always on the job site, which ensures quality and prevents delays. They are immediately accessible if there are questions, concerns or changes.
Q: Are you insured and licensed?
A: We maintain Home Improvement Contractors Licenses in the State of Massachusetts. We carry standard liability and worker’s compensation insurance and certified in Venetian plaster applications.
Q: What’s the difference between drywall + tape vs. blueboard + skim coat plaster?
A: Blue board is a wall board with a blue paper surface that is designed to absorb and adhere plaster products and drywall is a white board used for joint compound. Blue board and plaster is much more durable and has the strength you need to hold a smooth and consistent surface throughout the life of the walls and ceilings. Drywall is coated with light weight joint compound that does not have the strength to hold that consistent surface without screw pops and seems showing.
Q: Can you repair decorative plaster moldings?
A: We can replicate just about any plaster molding. We make the tools, run pieces and feather them in so they are indistinguishable from the original molding.
Q: Do you do a one-coat veneer finish?
A: Generally no. A one coat finish provides a hard, monolithic surface at low cost on a short schedule. We find a two-coat system provides a more durable, abrasion-resistant surface and can withhold the test of time. It also offers improved fire and sound ratings.
Q: What size job do you handle?
A: Any size, we are equipped to handle whatever job our clients need from us.
Q: What do you need at the job site?
A: Just a source of clean, fresh water, electricity and access. For plaster work, ideal interior temperatures are 55 – 70°F both day and night. Ventilation to properly set the plaster during and after application is also important – we use large fans to exchange air, keeping windows slightly open helps moisture-bearing air move out, and ensures a hard finish.
Q: How should a room to be plastered be prepared?
A: Remove all obstructions in work areas and install blue board, then we are ready to tape the seams and plaster.