Winter weather does not inspire anyone to head outdoors to do things, and this makes your garage an appealing place to tackle those DIY chores on your list. However, if you plan to spend a lot of time in the garage in the future, there are a number of things you can do to make it more comfortable and functional. One of the first things on your list should be to have the walls plastered, and there are three main reasons why.
Plastering Reduces Drafts
While plaster itself does not act as insulation, it will reduce any cold air draughts coming into your garage through cracks between the drywall. Before plaster is applied, the surface level of the garage wall needs to be level. This includes the removal of any cracks or gaps that have appeared over time.
Your plasterer will use poly filler to fill in the gaps between boards and to fill in any other uneveness needing attention. Once the filler is dry, it can be sanded to make the surface flat before the plaster is applied.
Plaster Makes A Wall Harder
Lime plaster is often used on the interior walls of a home, so ask your plasterer if they plan to use this type of product in your garage. The biggest benefit of lime plaster is the lime component continues to react with the air, even after it is dry. The combination of lime plus carbon dioxide produces a rock solid finish.
Whether you plan to hang plenty of tools on the wall or you just want to protect the walls from the clumsy feet of your kids, a solid plaster wall is going to last a lot longer than unprotected drywall will.
Plaster Is Fire Resistant
While no home handyman ever plans to intentionally set fire to their home, accidents can happen while tackling projects. It only takes a couple of stray sparks while using the angle-grinder to ignite something combustible.
The strength of the plaster also helps to make it fire retardant so it does not burn easily. This creates a fire barrier between the garage and the rest of your home in case accidents do occur.
By having your walls plastered in the garage before you begin your do-it-yourself projects, you are creating a space that is warm, durable and safe. Not only will it increase your own level of comfort, but it will also increase the value of your home, which is beneficial if you plan to sell eventually.