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Truform

About

Truform is run by Lewis Sturgeon and John McDonnell. Lewis has 12 years experience in commercial and domestic plastering. John has 35 years experience and holds NVQ Level 1 & 2 for plastering.

Truform are also K-Rend recommended applicators.

We have built up a range of experience working in both commercial and domestic environments over the years, with previous jobs including everything from over-skimming single rooms, to rendering and screeding entire housing developments.

Our experience has taught us that real customer satisfaction can only be achieved through adequate preparation from the outset. This means a high level of communication from the start and an understanding of our customers expectations, as well as our own. Our thoughtful and knowledgeable approach also ensures that any issues we are likely to face along the way are identified during the early stages of every project to avoid any unplanned surprises.

In addition to our plastering skills we are able to bring a keen eye for aesthetics and design to our work, offering solutions and alternative approaches or products that may not have been previously considered. Coupled with the smooth running of jobs, this is another way in which we endeavor to provide our customers with the best possible value for money.

Years of experience in contract plastering have put us at the forefront in the use of the range of products and finishes that are now available to the plasterer. We frequently find that our customers require a mixture of approaches and techniques, particularly in the renovation and updating of old properties. Truform are ideally placed to provide all of these techniques and services, from traditional lime rendering and pointing, to modern external-insulation and coloured render systems.

Services

Internal plastering – Skimming
The finishing coat that is applied to plasterboard prior to painting. With the correct preparation a wide variety of surfaces including old painted masonry and Artex can be ‘skimmed’ to produce a flat, smooth surface.

Plaster boarding
Gypsum Plasterboard creates the basis of most internal walls and ceilings. Whether screwed to timber or metal studwork or stuck to block work using bonding compound.

Through-Colour and Insulated External Render Systems
These proprietary systems are increasingly used as an alternative exterior finish to sand and cement renders. They are also frequently used where additional external insulation is necessary or beneficial. Products we work with include those produces by; K-rend, Parex, Knauf and Marmorit.

Dot and Dab
Dot and Dab is the name given to the practice of fixing plasterboard to internal block walls with bonding compound (drywall adhesive).

Over-skimming of existing plaster
Usually required in renovation jobs or prior to redecorating. Old walls and ceilings are generally prepared with PVA and/or bonding plaster to create a suitable surface for skimming.

External Rendering
Sand and cement mortars are typically used to finish external walls on block built houses. Besides flat ‘floated’ finishes there are number of other decorative methods for finishing sand and cement renders. These include, Tyrolean (a splatter effect) and Pebble Dashing.

Floor Screeding
Sand and Cement finishing for concrete sub-floors.

Hardwall and Skim
An alternative method for finishing an internal block wall is Hardwall and Skim. Hardwall is a Gypsum based backing coat that is used in place of sand and cement. Hardwall is finished with Multi-Finish plaster to create a smooth surface.

Metal stud partitioning
Metal studwork and suspended ceiling systems can be used as a substrate onto which plasterboard is fixed to create internal walls and ceilings. This method is often used in buildings where the bulk of the construction is concrete formwork.

Lime rendering and pointing
Sand and Lime mortars were used extensively in building up until the use of cement became commonplace around the middle of the last century. The ability of lime mortars to allow the transfer of moisture through granite and cob walls means that it is still the only suitable method for use in the construction and renovation of many traditional buildings.