About Us

 

History

 

Ron Roberts Plastering started in 1988 specializing in plastering projects for residential remodel and structural repairs. Having worked at an Apprentice and Journeyman level in the East Bay, I gained extensive experience in matching textures of older homes in the Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont area. This experience was valuable, in that it required a bit of creativity to perform work that was no longer standard in the industry for new construction. This experience has benefited me in new construction as well in that it has helped me to approach my projects as an art process requiring a greater level of attention.

No project is the same. Each has its own special conditions to work with, especially in the case of remodel work. Learning my trade in an area where there are so many older homes, and having served as an apprentice in the early 80’s under some of the "old timers," I was able to learn the dying art of interior plastering. I am grateful that I can help keep this aspect of my trade alive so that repairs and alteration projects can be true to the original construction of older buildings.

Over the years, I have been able to apply the flexibility learned from matching textures on older homes to new construction, as well. This has enabled me to provide more unusual finishes to create a final product that is truly unique in newer construction. "Old World" doesn’t have to be Faux!

 

More on the Approach

 

Having this background with older homes has taught me the value of time proven materials and techniques. While it is true that progress has been made in building with better structural integrity and energy efficiency, when it comes to plastering, it is amazing how well the old ways have worked and lasted for so many years.

You may be thinking of plaster cracking, or having leak issues, but these are primarily problems resulting from building movement. Plaster plays a minor if any structural role in the total building. It is correctly classified as a "finish" material. As such, plastering materials and techniques dating back to the early 20th century have performed remarkably well, especially in high end work where it was applied to its proper thickness.
In recent years there has been an abundance of manufacturer driven developments with new and supposedly "better" materials and time saving techinques, many of which I feel have been to the detriment of the industry. While it is good to be open to progress, I prefer materials and practices that are well time proven. Really, who wants their own project to be part of the industry's learning curve?

I value my clients' involvement with their projects. I enjoy client participation so that my customers can make educated decisions, and I as contractor am better able to bring these wishes into the finished product.