Plastering is one of the most ancient building handicrafts.
Historical evidence shows primitive man plastered mud over a framework of sticks and reeds that served as a protective structure against the elements.
It is known that plasterwork, and the decoration upon it, were applied more than 4,000 years ago.
The Pharaohs of Egypt used plaster surfaces in their palaces and pyramids, which still exist in a hard and durable state today.
Research has also indicated that the principal tool used for plastering in ancient Egyptian were nearly identical to those used today.
Plaster was recognized long ago as a protection against fire.
Its value as fire-retardant was demonstrated in the many fires that ravaged London during the 13th century.
The king at the time ordered that all buildings were to have plastered walls.
Gypsum plastering is a modern-day solution to the time-consuming and ecologically straining process of Sand Cement plaster.
Gypsum plasters have been used for centuries in the construction space, owing to their excellent and unique properties.
It provides excellent thermal and acoustic properties while providing undulation-free lines and leveled walls with a superior finish.
What Is Gypsum Plaster?
When the dry POP powder is mixed with water it hardens.
This material which can be applied over brick, block, or concrete surfaces to form a smooth surface is called gypsum plaster.
Earlier, a 6 mm coat of gypsum plaster (termed as POP punning) is usually applied on the top of cement plaster to give a smooth finish to it before painting.
This is a two-stage process and involves various elements like sand, cement, and water which have to be mixed onsite.
This process is slowly being replaced by a direct application of a single coat of gypsum plaster. In gypsum plaster, the ready-made POP powder is mixed with water and applied directly to the wall.
Gypsum Plaster can be applied directly on any brick, solid or hollow blocks, AAC blocks, and plasterboards.
Gypsum plaster has good insulation properties, is fire-resistant, and is impact-resistant.
Also, gypsum saves a lot of time during construction and has a superior finish. These properties have clearly drawn the attention of real estate builders and contractors towards choosing gypsum plaster over traditional cement plaster.
Benefits of Gypsum Plaster
For Builders And Developers
1. Green material.
2. Shrinkage crack free surfaces-smooth finish.
3. High productivity-faster work (Reducing plastering time by 70% when compared to conventional sand cement plaster+POP method).
4. Gypsum plaster is light in weight, therefore reducing the load on the structure.
5. Cleaner Sites-direct application of bagged product-requires no water curing.
6. It has no appreciable chemical action on paint and does not cause an alkali attack.
For End Customer
1. No shrinkage cracks on walls and ceiling.
2. Reduction in the time required for plastering and this in timely possession of homes.
3. Perfectly lined, leveled, smooth walls.
4. Saved electricity for air conditioning as gypsum has low thermal conductivity.
5. Alteration and maintenance are very easy.
We at iCloud Homes use high-quality Gypsum Plastering for our luxury villas in Trivandrum.
The best-gated community luxury villas in Trivandrum the 44 Club in Pattom, Winds of Change Luxury Villas in Akkulam, and the affordably luxurious villa project Under the Blue Sky in Mangalapuram all are using gypsum plastering.
Reference: Plastering Skills. Van Den Granden, F., and Thomas L. Hartsell. Homewood, IL: American Technical Publishers, 1984.