We undertake numerous specialised Heritage Restoration projects across Australia and have regularly undertaken works on national heritage listed buildings, using methods and materials sympathetic to the age and style of the building.
We were the first building company in WA to undertake lath and plaster ceiling and wall restoration and repair works, and remain one of the few companies with the specialist skills required to provide this service. With our considerable experience in lath and plaster, you can be sure that our expertise is second to none. If you have aged lath and plaster ceilings or walls in need of maintenance or repairs not only can we carry out repairs but we can restore the ceiling or wall to its former glory.
Using a specialised restoration system we can re-adhere sagging or drummy sections of plaster back to the laths reviving the original ceiling. Not only does this method of reinstatement repair the original ceiling but it preserves the often ornate and historic features of the original building. As more and more lath and plaster ceiling are succumbing to their age this method of repair can be used to revive or preserve the original ceiling. These works can be carried out as a preventative measure to avoid loss of the original ceiling and we can also carry out repairs to restore the entire room while preserving the historical importance.
This method of reinstatement involves an initial site assessment to ascertain the condition of the original ceiling. Upon site assessment and depending if the top side of the ceiling is accessible we arrange to carry out the works in one of the two ways explained below.
- If the top side of the ceiling is easily accessible we prop the existing ceiling from the underside to ensure it is secured during the course of works. We then vacuum the dust and debris from the top side of the laths. Once the area is clean and safe we apply the initial primer coat to the ceiling. We allow the primer coat to set for approx 24 hours upon which we return to apply the adhesive. Once the adhesive has been applied we leave the ceiling to set for 5 to 7 days. Returning when the ceiling has set to strip the props and make good to the underside of the ceiling using specialised lime based plasters to ensure compatibility with the original ceiling materials.
- If the top side of ceiling is not accessible as it may be the ground floor ceiling to a 2 storey residence then the application method differs slightly. We prop the existing ceiling from the underside to ensure it is secured during the course of works. We then drill a 300mm grid pattern to the underside of the entire ceiling through which we then inject the primer and adhesive in much the same method as noted above. Upon application of both the primer and adhesive we then let the ceiling set for 5 to 7 days. Once the ceiling has set we return to strip the props and make good to the underside of the ceiling using specialised lime based plasters to ensure compatibility with the original ceiling materials.
Upon completion of the ceiling reinstatement the electrical and painting works are scheduled accordingly for job completion.
This method of ceiling reinstatement is non-intrusive and can be carried out at a fraction of the time and cost of ceiling replacement, not to mention the heritage and architectural importance of reviving the original ceiling.