Difference Between Plastering And Pointing


The term plastering is used to describe the thin mortar covering that is applied on the surface of the wall and ceilings. The plaster removes the unevenness of the surface and is sometimes used to develop decorative effects.


The term pointing is used to denote the finishing of mortar joints of either stone or brick masonry. The joints are racked out to a depth of about 20 mm and then, these spaces are filled up by suitable mortar in the desired shape. following are the main object of providing pointing:

  1. To improve the appearance of the structure as a whole and give a smooth surface.
  2. To protect the exposed surface from the effect of atmospheric actions.
  3. To rectify the defective workmanship or to conceal interior materials.

Difference Between Plastering And Pointing

Difference Between Plastering And Pointing
1.It covers the whole surface.It covers only joints of bricks.
2.It protects the whole surface from atmospheric effects.It protects the brick mortar used in bonding bricks.
3.Multiple coating may be appliedApply only a single coat.
4.It provides an even regular and smooth surface.It does not provide an even, smooth and regular surface.
5.It conceals the defective workmanship.It cannot conceal the defective workmanship.
6.It requires a comparatively leaner mix.Require a comparatively richer mix.
7.It is costly as the mortar required is more.Economical as mortar required is less.
8.It is necessary in case of interior quality brick masonry work, to conceal unevenness of surface patches etc.Used where architectural appearance is needed more often in case of stonework.
9.It provides a base or ground surface for decorating by whitewashing etc.It does not provide a base or ground surface for decorating by whitewashing etc.

I hope now you understood plastering and pointing. If you learnt something from this article, please be sure to share it with your friends.


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1 thought on “Difference Between Plastering And Pointing”

  1. Due to its solid nature plaster is very easy to clean up, even the harder spots. Because plaster’s surface doesn’t crack you can always clean it up with confidence knowing you are causing no damage.


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