Fresh perspective on an old method


Plaster Brick NZ Ltd’s Anthony Elisara answered Building Today’s call for feedback on Part 1 of our Exteriors feature last month. He says his company differs from most plasterers (this is all they do, and they finish a house every two days). He explains the system, which he says is a reliable and durable way to complete a plastered finished home.

Plaster Brick NZ Ltd is a reliable plastering system which enables the new home owner to have a beautiful plastered home of substantial quality and without the concerns of “leaky home syndrome”.

The PlasterBrick NZ system involves:
 Super fast bricklaying of oversized oven-fired 70mm clay bricks. PlasterBrick NZ bricks are made to be plastered over. The system includes provision for lintels up to 2400mm.
 Super accurate, super fast plastering. The company uses PVC corner beads to re-plumb and to reinforce external corners. It then pumps on massive quantities of sand and cement plaster.

 The company’s unique plastering machines mix a blend of enhanced plasters. They are a mineral (breathable) plaster comprising sand, cement, plasticiser, air entrainer, waterproofing, microfibres, adhesives and curing retarders.
 The machines then pump the plaster onto the wall. They are quick and efficient, and will load from 100-200 sq m of wall per day (at 25mm thick). Plastering a typical house takes one day per coat.

 To ensure an even, regular decorative finish a final texture coat (usually described as 1mm flat sponge finish) is applied by hand.
 To conceal the weep holes (essential for the drained and ventilated brick veneer cavity) a unique PlasterBrick NZ aluminium louvre is affixed and painted to match the wall. The holes virtually disappear.
 Three-coat paint finish in any colour, with no LRV restrictions using a lime locking primer and two topcoats.

For builders the PlasterBrick NZ system offers:
 a single co-ordination point for three difficult sub-trades,
 a quick “close-in” — gibstoppers can get in with minimal delay, and
 a better finish. The company uses 2m wide levels and screeds to get a flat wall.

Having thicker plaster allows them to build or shave highs and lows rather than follow the brickwork.

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