We are now in the crazy period where the countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway.

People want their homes looking nice, ready for the influx of family and friends. They want them plastered and decorated ready before the Christmas holidays.

However what tends to happen is people don't think they need to book plasterers in advance, like they would for example, an electrician or plumber.

We can book work in up to 12 months in advance, especially if a client is having lots of building work carried out, we need to be booked in to ensure we are available after first and second fix to ensure other trades can come in after us and to ensure the whole project runs on time.

It's exactly the same principal on a smaller job, if you are having electrical, plumbing or joinery work that you have booked in, you also need to book in the plasterer at the same time to ensure they are free.

If you are looking to have plastering/rendering work carried out over extremely popular dates, for example school holidays, half terms, Christmas, Easter etc you definitely need to contact us sooner rather than later.

If you are considering rendering work, the weather has a massive impact on when this can be carried out, you will need to be more flexible with dates as we contend with the British weather.

The sooner you book the dates in, the sooner you can sit back and relax knowing that we will turn up on the agreed date to start the work, or as near as we can if the work is external render as this is reliant on the weather.

You also need to remember to plan ahead enough to ensure the plaster can dry out before decorating.

So enjoy your Christmas shopping and planning but remember if you are looking to have renovation works to your property get in touch sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

This week we have our first work experience student working with us.

On Monday he took part in an induction, which covered site Health and Safety and was introduced to the tools and equipment that he would be using, practising safe working conditions at all times.

Tuesday saw him prepping a wall ready for plastering and cutting and fixing thermal insulation plasterboards to the ceiling. He was taught how to measure square metres and calculate how many boards were needed.

Wednesday included cutting and fixing plasterboards to go over the thermal insulation boards, preparing the area ready for plastering.

The remainder of his week will involve learning how to mix and apply plastering material to the walls and ceiling.

Hopefully by the end of his work experience he will have completed a full process from start to finish for plastering a hallway walls and ceiling. Photos will be posted in the "projects" section.

He has been an excellent student and we hope that we have given him a true insight into just one of the many different types of jobs in the plastering industry.

We now have a colour sample brochure from Weber showing all available colour finishes for textured render.

There are 24 different colours, separated into cool neutrals, warm neutrals, cool colours and warm colours.

If you are interested in using Weber products for your external textured render, then please mention this when you get in touch to arrange an estimate and we can show you the options available.