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Cost of Plastering and Gyprocking

Last updated: 31st May 2019

There are many different types of plastering – drywall, sold wall, repairs…. it’s important to know which type of plaster you need for your job, so you can get the best price possible. 

What are the types of plaster?

Drywall Plaster can be used to create partitions in a home, to create more rooms when necessary. It’s also used to line the wall of homes. 

Wet Plaster is as the name suggests – typically applied wet using a trowel. 

Ornamental Plaster is used to create decorative effects, such as ceiling designs such as cornices and friezes. 

Hiring a plasterer

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The question if a plasterer needs to be licensed depends on where you live. In some states, plastering is covered by a builder’s licence. It’s important to check the regulations in the state you live in. Another important question is asking if the plasterer is insured. Check these two factors before locking them in – and also follow up by looking at their online reviews. 

So how much will plastering cost?

The rate of plastering is typically worked out by the area being plastered. 

Hard plaster: expect rates from $30 to $70 per hour

Wet plaster: expect rates from $40 to $80 per hour

If you’re renovating, a three bedroom home will cost between $8,000 and $14,000. 

Because ornamental plastering is much more intricate, expect to pay at least $20,000 for a three bedroom home.

Gill from NSW
She needed her three bedroom home renovation plastered. There was no ornamental plastering. 
TOTAL COST: $15,000
Dave from NSW
He needed just one wall re-plastered after general long-term wear-and-tear. 
TOTAL COST: $1,200
Mim from WA
She was renovating her 2 bedroom apartment, and needed the walls plastered, plus ornamental plastering on the roof of two rooms. 
TOTAL COST: $5,000




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