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Plasterers in Ipswich, Suffolk

We are a family run business with over 45 years’ experience in plastering, plasterboarding and rendering. Our plasterers pride themselves on their ability to provide high-quality workmanship together with excellent value for money.

Our team of highly skilled and qualified plasterers in Ipswich offer high-quality plastering.

Our team of professional plasterers in Ipswich serve the whole of Suffolk. We are highly trained and experienced in all aspects of plastering, and deliver a reputable service to both the commercial and domestic sector.

Plastering is not just a method of bringing richness and seamlessness to a room; it’s a delicate art.

We offer a bespoke service and carry out a variety of jobs. All work is of exceptional standard, creating the perfect home.

We are on hand to guide you through the possibilities of your plastering project. Book a free consultation today and a member of our friendly plasterers will happily assist you.

Dry Lining Contractors

Dry lining (sometimes referred to as drywalling) is a system for cladding the internal faces of buildings, such as walls and ceilings. Plasterboard is attached to the internal faces, which creates a smooth surface. Paint can then be applied directly.

plasterboarding in Ipswich & Suffolk

Fitted using mechanical fixings to new stud work or joists.

This refers to the use of adhesive as a fast and effective way of sticking plasterboard to brick or blockwork.

We can repair any amount of damage to your walls by patching in new board and reskimming the area.

An effective way to renovate a tired looking wall or ceiling without the need to pull down the existing plaster.


Plastering is a process used to produce an acceptable final wall or ceiling finish to a building prior to decoration.

Plasterers in Suffolk & Ipswich

Our team has vast experience in fully restoring traditional wattle & daub walls, creating an impressive feature in any home.

We provide a full plastering service for domestic and commercial customers.

Using several techniques, we can quickly stabilize your existing wall/ceiling and replaster the area. This provides a fast and fresh look to any tired area of a home.

The term ‘polished plaster’ covers a wide range of decorative plaster finishes. These vary from thin and highly polished finishes that resemble polished marble to deeply textured effects that can emulate travertine or limestone.

Lime plaster is a type of plaster composed of sand, water & lime; In ancient times this would also include horsehair for reinforcement. Our plastering division has vast experience in both renovation and restoration of lime work.

Rendering in Ipswich, Suffolk & Beyond

Internal & External Rendering

Cement rendering is the application of a premixed layer of sand & cement to brick, block, concrete, or stone. It is often textured or painted after application and can provide a nice finish to any project. Generally, render is used on external walls but can also be used on an internal feature wall.

K Rend

This is a modern alternative to traditional Sand/cement render and comes in a wide range colour. Very little maintenance is required moving forward with this product once complete..

Floor Screed

Floor screed is the application of a semi dry cement mix, providing the final layer of hard floor prior to the finished floor covering. No matter the size of your project our team is on hand to ensure your requirements are carried out to the highest of standards.


We Take Plastering Seriously

Delivering Excellence And Building Client Relationships.

B A Boyle & Son LTD is a family run business based in Ipswich, Suffolk. We have over 45 years of experience in plastering and plasterboarding.

Guild of Master Craftsmen Certified Plastering in Suffolk
City & Guilds Certified Plasterer in Ipswich
Niceic Domestic Installer
Topseal Approved Local Plasterer in Ipswich

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Plasterboarding & Plastering


How long does plaster take to dry?

Fresh plaster’s drying time varies depending on the type of application, humidity levels, plaster thickness, and temperature. Whilst plaster applied to plasterboard takes on average 2-3 days to dry, plaster applied with a backing plaster or undercoat can take up to 7. Plaster used to skim over existing surfaces to repair damage or resurface will dry faster than this, as these layers tend to be only 2-3mm thick.

It is important to ensure correct conditions within the space being plastered – the ambient temperature should stay above 5 five degrees Celsius, and humidity should be kept at low levels. Plaster exposed to low temperatures whilst setting tends to form a weaker bond to underlying surfaces, leading to cracking and crumbling.

How long should you wait before painting new plaster?

In order to protect both plaster and paint, newly plastered walls should be left to dry for an extended period of time prior to the start of painting. The length of time left between application and painting varies on a case-by-case basis. Application type, plaster thickness, and space conditions should all be taken into consideration prior to the start of painting.

Regardless of approximate drying times, the painting and decorating specialists at B.A. Boyle & Son recommend waiting at least a week between the final application and painting. Plaster should always be inspected prior to this, as, in bad conditions or special cases, it may take up to one month to dry. Key signs of dryness to look out for include uniform colour, and a lack of dark patches.

What is dry lining?

Dry lining, or drywalling is the process of plasterboard installation, used as an alternative to traditional wet plastering. Plasterboards are attached directly to brickwork or walls using an adhesive, or screw, creating a blank canvas which may be skimmed, or painted on directly. Drylining allows for a faster drying time, and an easier, less costly application, speeding up project timelines significantly. In addition to this, dry lining with plasterboard adds a further level of insulation to your property in comparison to plaster.

If you’re looking to dryline your property, or are interested in traditional wet plaster application, contact B.A. Boyle & Son’s plastering specialists for a free consultation.

What Is the difference between skimming and plastering?

The wet plastering process, when performed by professional plasterers, involves a number of application techniques. In situations where a surface does not require a full plaster (for example, the surface has been plastered previously, but has been subject to damage) skimming is often a suitable solution – though, if existing plaster requires levelling, backing plaster must first be applied. Skimming involves the application of a thin layer of wet plaster (between 2-3mm), meaning drying times are relatively short. Skimming is also used prior to painting to ensure a smooth application.

Plastering, on the other hand, is a more comprehensive process, involving the application of a mortar-based substance, generally over a large area, to seal, smooth, and waterproof it.

What is plasterboard?

Plasterboard, drywall, or drylining, is a gypsum panel, normally placed between a facer and backer. It can be used to construct internal walls and ceilings in their entirety and is favoured for its ability to eliminate traditional plaster drying times, and insulative properties. In addition to this, plasterboard often helps buildings meet fire and design regulations, and controls condensation and damage in areas subject to high humidity – one of the primary reasons for its popularity in the US. Plasterboard also allows for a faster construction process, reduced and reduced costs.

Can you plaster wood?

Plastering wood is entirely possible, however, it is important to ensure the wood is in the correct condition and properly prepared prior to starting work. In addition to this, plaster will not adhere to wood without the application of metal lathing or wooden laths to the surface.
When using traditional wooden laths, plaster should be pushed through and around gaps to allow for an effective application. Without this step, the plaster will not adhere to the lath, or wall. Metal lathing is a much more reliable option.

Outside of these options, traditional plastering technique calls for wooden or timber surfaces to be scratched or ‘chopped’ in order to create sufficient texture, to which plaster can stick – again, this method is not hugely reliable.

Can you skim over Artex?

Skimming over Artex designs is possible in most cases, however, it is important to hire a professional to complete this process, in order to ensure your safety, and achieve optimum results. All loose parts must be removed prior to the start of work. Though sanding is an option for some Artex ceilings, many installed from the 60s through to the 90s contain asbestos - these ceilings may be dealt with differently.

Following the completion of all groundwork, a thin layer of plaster will be applied to the ceiling, with the objective of achieving a smooth, flat surface, which may be painted upon drying.

What is wattle and daub?

Wattle and daub is a traditional composite construction method that involves implementing a ‘wattle’, which is a lattice of wooden strips and/or sticks, between woodwork. This is then ‘daubed’ with a mixture of clay, wet soil, sand, straw, and in previous centuries, animal dung. Once dried, this provides a durable wall, still visible today in many period buildings.

An original, period wattle and daub house won’t have any metal fixings in its walls; they are all made with wooden joints. Additionally, wattle and daub is a decent thermal insulator, not far off of modern methods, which is why period wattle and daub properties are still viable properties to comfortably live in.

What is polished plaster?

Polished plaster is a type of plaster used in decorating that replicates either the finish and sheen of marble rock or other, more natural-looking stone finishes. A polished plaster will often contain a high percentage of marble dust, or marble chips, and is usually sealed with a protective wax layer.

An off-shoot of polished plaster is Venetian plaster. This will usually be applied in multiple thin layers to provide a textured look before burnishing (the term given to polishing). When burnished and sealed, Venetian plastering produces a highly tailored, beautiful and durable finish. Some examples of Venetian plastering techniques include marmorino, sgraffito and scagliola.

What is floor screed made of?

Used for providing a level base on top of the solid concrete ground of a building, a floor screed is like concrete. It will typically be made from a ratio of 1:3 to 1:4.5 of cement to sharp sand. Some can include binders, water, and other products depending on application.

Floor screed is mostly used to cover the concrete sub-base of a building and produce a level finish so that a level floor can be easily applied. It also serves the purpose of assisting with under-floor heating. In this case, it is used to bury the pipes of the under-floor heating system so that heat produced in these pipes can be rapidly and evenly conducted to the surface of the floor so the users of the system can benefit from it most.

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