Do you need a plasterer?

When it comes to professional plastering, we are experts here at Gilston Building Services. Whether you need a professional float and skim, or you would rather install dry lining, we provide a range of professional plastering services. But when do you need a plasterer?

When Do You Need A Plasterer?

Plasterers can be contacted and involved at all stages of home renovation or redecoration, or simply when an incident occurs. As professional and high quality plasterers, we are often called out to:

  • Plaster walls and ceilings during redecoration and renovation projects- we provide both wet plastering and dry lining options and are usually called after the plumbers and electricians have finished laying cables and pipes through the walls of the home.
  • Repair damages- Over time damage to your plaster work can occur. We are here to help put it right, and simply to plaster over the damaged area, so it matches seamlessly with the rest of the wall.
  • Add decorative finishes to give your house more style.

Why should you hire a professional plasterer?

Plastering is a challenging task that takes time and practice to get right. If you hire a handyman or simply try to plaster the wall yourself, you are much less likely to end up with a smooth finish ready for painting or wallpapering. In fact, your wall will likely end up lumpy.

In addition, trying to plaster your walls or ceilings yourself will probably result in needing to hire a professional to repair the damage caused. And this means the total expenditure will be a lot more than it would have been, if you hired a professional in the first place.

Finally, a professional plasterer will provide a professional finish, of the highest quality. And it will take less time for a professional to work in a range of circumstances, because of their experience and skillset. So your project will be completed faster.

For more information about our plastering services, get in touch today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Laying decorative paving tiles

Here at Gilston Building Services, we can offer a wide variety of services. From brickwork and driveways, to roofing and gutters, we provide top quality building solutions. But we can also transform your outdoor space. As the weather is heating up for a rare hot summer, you might be thinking about brightening up your patio area, by laying decorative paving tiles. But this is not as easy as it might seem. As a result, we have produced this guide, to show what we can offer, as a professional service.

Laying decorative paving tiles

Decorative paving tiles can be used to create a stunning patio or outdoor seating area. But to get the effect you need, and the professional quality finish, you need to hire a professional team. That’s because, there are a number of steps, that require a trained eye.

Here at Gilston Building Services, we will begin by creating a sturdy sub base on which to build the patio or seating area. This is an important step that can often be forgotten. But it will make all the difference to the longevity of the patio, and the quality of the finished product. It also provides another opportunity to measure out the space, and spot any potential issues before they arise.

We will then make sure to lay the first tile correctly, after fully measuring out the space available, and making sure all the tiles will be evenly spaced.

Considerations for laying decorative paving tiles

While we take on the manual labour, there are some things you will need to consider before we begin. This includes:

  • the desired size and shape of the patio area
  • the desired space for the patio area to fit into- e.g.Do you want it to be in the sun or the shade? Connected to the house, or further out?
  • the layout pattern for the paving tiles

For more information or advice, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Gilston Building Services.

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Creating a stylish driveway

Here at Gilston Building Services, we offer a wide range of services from roofing and plastering, to brickwork. And one of our most popular services is creating driveways. With an increasing number of homes needing additional space for two or even three cars, driveways need to be practical, as well as attractive. As a result, we have produced this guide to creating a stylish driveway.

Why is the driveway important?

First of all, why is the driveway so important? Well, the driveway is the first thing any potential buyer, passer by, or nosy neighbour will see. And this essentially gives the first impression of your home. If you want to make a good impression, your driveway needs to look the part.

Driveway options

There are a variety of driveway cover options that can help you achieve the desired effect. These include:

  • flagstones
  • paving
  • gravel

Flagstones for your driveway

Laying flagstones to create your driveway can be a effective choice. Flagstones tend to be very attractive in appearance, hence the extra price tag. But this can create a unique, classy, driveway.

Flagstones can also be cut into different shapes and sizes, and arranged in a bespoke way to make your driveway truly stunning.


Paving can also be incredibly attractive and involves laying stones in different ways. With lots of patterns and layout choices available, you can really design a driveway that has personality and character.


Creating a driveway from gravel can be a great option. Gravel is available in all different sizes, shapes and colours, so you can really design something that works for you.

For more information or advice about creating a stylish driveway, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Brickwork bond types

Here at Gilston Building Services, we are brickwork experts. From English bond to the standard stretcher bond, we can lay any type of brickwork you might want. But what are the differences in the brickwork bond types? And what kind of effect does each bond type create?

Stretcher bond or running bond

This is the most common type of brickwork you will often see on houses or on walls. With the longer, narrow face of the brick lined up with the one next to it, the course will overlap at the midsection of the bricks both above and below the course.  Perfect for simple brickwork, this bond is a basic repeating pattern, but will need reinforcing at larger heights.

Header bond

The same as stretcher bond, but with the bricks laid with the header (the square shape) facing outwards, instead of the long rectangular face, as is seen in stretcher bond.

English bond

English bond is a more intricate brick bond type with one course of stretcher bond, and one course of header bond alternating all the way up. This bond type uses a quoin close in the corners. This is a brick cut lengthwise into two halves.

Flemish bond

The most intricate type of bond is the Flemish bond. This uses alternate headers and stretches in the same course. With the headers of one course being centered over the stretchers of the course below.  Every alternate course of Flemish bond starts with header at the corner. As you can tell, this type of bond requires a skilled professional to lay it properly in a secure and stable way.

Choosing a brickwork bond

When choosing a brickwork bond, opt for something that will suit the rest of your home, and compliment it well. Especially if you are creating a home extension. This is because you want the the new part of your home to blend in with the old.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Gilston Building Services.



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Weather proof your home

Although the coldest months should by now be out of the way, Spring is a tricky time for buildings. The warmer weather allows brickwork to heat up and expand. But when a cold spell returns, the brickwork can become damaged. Rain also brings potential property issues. So how can you help weather proof your home? Here at Gilston Building Services, we are expert builders. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you weather proof your home.

Check downpipes

Brickwork that has become stained or discoloured, may indicate water damage. This is often caused by a leaking downpipe. As a result, your home may suffer from penetrating damp. Spring is renowned for heavy downpours, which only make matters worse. Check your downpipes while it is raining, to make sure they aren’t damaged or blocked. If they are, water will see from the joints.

Check the guttering

Guttering is often overlooked, but it is actually essential. It is responsible for carrying water away from your walls. During winter, the bad weather can cause guttering to bough, slit or tilt. As a result, your home can suffer from water damage. The best time to check your gutters is Spring, before heavy rainfall. Replace any damaged guttering and pipes to protect your home.

Check the windows

Windows in your home need to be secure and safe. Sealant or caulk can wear away over time. As a result, the windows can begin to become loose and insecure. This is something that should be addressed during Spring, when the temperature rises and falls sharply. During these temperature changes, your bricks will expand and contract. Consequently, your insecure window will become even more insecure.

In summary

Weatherproofing your home at all times of the year is important. However, many people overlook the damage that can be caused during Spring. For a professional opinion or advice, or for any maintenance or repairs, contact us at Gilston Building Services today.

Professional wet plastering

Here at Gilston Building Services, we have a range of skills and experience in tackling a variety of building and structural projects. This includes brickwork, guttering and pipework, and plastering. Wet plastering is a job that seriously requires a professional touch. And that’s what we can offer.

What is wet plastering?

A technique that is suitable for any property, wet plastering is simply the application of wet plaster to a surface. This acts as a base coat, before a finish layer or skim is added on top. The aim of the plaster is to provide a fully flat and even surface that is suitable to paint directly onto, or to wallpaper over.

Because the wet plaster will need time to dry out, before the finish layer or skim is added, wet plastering can take longer to complete than dry lining, or hanging plasterboard.

However, the end results can be worth the extra time taken.

As you can tell, it is essential that you hire a professional for this job, as someone without the necessary training or experience will leave your walls flaking or cracking, with the plaster falling off.

Base coats

When plastering, it is also necessary to choose the correct base coat. This is because the different types of base coat should be used for bonding to different types of surfaces. Otherwise you will not get a professional result.

Some of these base coats include:

◾Thistle Bonding Coat- this undercoat plaster will provide a perfect base layer for low suction, smooth substrates, like concrete, blocks and plasterboard
◾Thistle Hardwall- For other surfaces, like bricks and other masonry substrates, this is the perfect undercoat plaster for you. That’s because it can resist impact, and is quick drying.

For more information or to book a professional plastering service, get in touch today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Gutters and pipes

Although January is now out of the way, February and March can always provide some very cold weather, not to mention the April showers. As a result, it’s always a good idea to weatherproof a building at this time of year, to prevent structural or interior damage. This includes checking your gutters and pipes. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are building experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the gutters and pipes.


Does your building have external pipework or guttering? Whether it’s a garage, a shed, or your home, you need to be vigilant about the down pipes. That’s because a leak from a downpipe can cause water damage to your brickwork of cladding, weakening the structure. If your brickwork is showing discoloured stains, a leaking downpipe could well be the culprit. And, with more cold weather set to to arrive, as well as the rain, this could be a problem.

A leak can be caused by damage to the pipe itself, or by a blockage. This will need to be resolved for your pipes to work as expected.


Guttering is important on any building, even an outhouse or shed. It is responsible for taking the water away from the roof and walls of your building. Guttering that is broken or tilted, will not be able to carry the water load, and instead will cause water to run down your walls, leaving stains and discolouration. Over time this will cause water damage that can be expensive to fix. So make sure that your guttering is working properly, before the cold weather returns.

If you do notice any issues with your pipes or gutters, you should get your building checked out by a professional. Replacing broken guttering and downpipes is a fairly straight forward job, but it could help prevent expensive damage. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are building experts. If you have any issues, give us a call.

New felt roof this new year

Felt roofing is incredibly popular for commercial roofing, as well as domestic roofing on things like extensions and garages. New year is the perfect time to consider those home improvement jobs you have been planning. Including repairing or replacing that old felt roof. Here at Gilston Building Services we offer a variety of high quality roofing services. This includes built up felt roofing, and high performance felt roofing. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you choose a new felt roof this New Year.

Built up felt roofing

A glass fibre mat of fibres coated on each side with a bituminous coating is called felt. Building up layers of this felt, one on top of the other, and each one bonded to the next, is one of the more common ways to create a felt roof. This is known as built up felt roofing. This makes an incredibly waterproof material that can be used as roofing, to keep out the rain and withstand all weather conditions. The felt is generally finished off with a light sand, chippings or grit, to protect it from the sun. Alternatively, a mineral cap sheet may be used.
A good quality built up felt roof will generally last for about 15 years.

High performance felt roofing

High performance felt roofing differs from built up felt roofing in the type of mat that is used. While built up felt roofing uses a glass fibre mat, high performance felt roofing uses a polyester mat. This makes it both lighter and more flexible. As a result, high performance felt has become more popular for modern building work. It also lasts a lot longer too, with the average lifespan reaching 30 years, double that of a built-up felt roof.

For more information about your new felt roof, get in touch with the experts today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Winter building maintenance tips

Here at Gilston Building Services, we know how important it is that your home stays watertight and weatherproof over the winter. While snow and freezing temperatures can be a big problem for your brickwork, rain can be an issue for your guttering. As a result, it is a good idea to check over your building to make sure its in top condition, before the cold really sets in. These are our winter building maintenance tips.

  • Check your guttering isnt blocked- if your gutters are full of leaves and debris they cant really get rid of the water effectively. In addition, during heavy rain, they may carry this debris down into your down pipe. If this is the case, your down pipe may leak water and stain your brickwork leading to future damage.
  • Check your guttering is sitting right- if your guttering is sagging, or facing the wrong way, you could have a problem. Guttering that is sloping can cause water to cascade over your walls and this will lead to water damage in the future. If your gutters need repairing, do it now before the cold spells, and use the same material as the existing framework.
  • Check your drains- drains that are blocked with leaves and twigs cannot function properly. So if you have a heavy rain spell, the drain will quickly overflow causing flooding and damage.
  • Have a look at your brickwork-if your exterior brickwork is looking a little warn, and the mortar is wearing off, you might want to do some repairs. This is because over the winter, any small imperfection will become much larger and cause much bigger problems.
  • Fill in any cracks- if there are any cracks, either in your guttering, your brickwork, or the cladding of your home, get them filled in. Over the winter, if ice freezes in these cracks, they will become bigger and bigger, exposing more of your home to the elements, and the damage that can bring.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Gilston Building Services.

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Autumnal Damp

Now that the leaves are falling, it is a great time to check for damp around your property. Once winter hits, damp will become a lot more noticeable, and will create a lot more problems. As a result, autumn is the perfect time to make sure your home is free of damp. But how can you spot damp, and what types of damp are there? Well, here at Gilston Building services, we are damp experts. This is our guide to autumnal damp.

What is damp?

Damp is a common occurrence in all homes, no matter what they are made of and no matter how old they are. Damp can make homes feel cold, increasing the moisture in the air and walls, and causing ugly patches of moisture. Damp can also cause water damage, and this can decrease the value of your home.

Damp types

There are different types of damp, and these will need to be treated in different ways.

Damp types include:

Condensation- If there is too much condensation in your home, water damage can occur. Condensation usually occurs when there is not enough ventilation in a room of your home, which cause water to collect on cold walls and windows, and run into pools. This causes damp patches to form and can lead to unsightly mould.
Penetrating- Penetrating damp is caused by problems with the exterior of your property. Leaks or roof issues can lead to gaps through which water can penetrate your home. Alternatively, broken guttering and down-pipes can cause water damage to the exterior, which will eventually permeate your home. Because penetrating damp has a obvious cause, your damp issue can easily be rectified by fixing the initial problem.
Rising- Finally, Rising damp is an issue that can occur from moisture rising from ground level, up through the brickwork.

Treating damp

Any type of damp will need the attention of a building professional. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are experts when it comes to damp. For professional advice and support, get in touch today.