Paul Atkins Plastering

What Does Each of Our Services Mean?

Over time, you might have heard tradespeople talk about plastering, skimming, and coving all at once and never realised that there’s a difference in what each discipline covers. As experts in all elements of plastering and more, we thought it’d be best to ensure that our customers were as informed as possible.

In this blog, we’ll talk you through what each service covers, where it’s used, and how it can benefit your property!


While plastering is the term given to the trade, there are differences between a standard service, skimming, and coving. Mainly, plastering is usually applied to new properties and is added to plasterboard. Using cement, lime, or gypsum plaster, a smooth finish is added to the walls of a property.

If you’ve built a property or undertaken extensive refurbishment where walls have been re-built, standard plastering is the best course of action.


The primary difference with skimming is that it’s typically used on top of existing walls to improve the overall finish. Using a thin coat, a plasterer covers imperfections and rough concrete to create a surface that can be painted and customised to the customer’s specifications.

If your home is old and the walls are starting to show age-related wear and tear, skimming is likely the best choice.

Wet Plastering

Using built-up layers of lime or gypsum plastering, an expert provides a strong, hard-wearing finish on the walls of your property. As well as looking great and functioning perfectly, this type of wall also has hidden benefits that cheaper techniques can’t achieve.

With a wet-plastered wall, your room has increased sound resistance and air tightness. This means that heat doesn’t escape as easily, and you don’t have to worry about noise as much as you would with something like drywall!


Coving is a separate part of the plastering service and it’s specifically for the ceiling of your property. Uniform in size, coving goes around the part of the ceiling that meets the wall and creates a pleasant look. The style of coving depends on the home you own, with post-war homes typically have C-shaped profiles and earlier properties having more art deco-inspired designs.

Whether your existing coving is chipped or you want to change the aesthetic of your room, this can be a great service for you and your home.

Want to Know More?

If you want to know more about our range of services, you can get in touch today! We can’t wait to talk with you about how we can transform your home.


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