Should I skim coat the old plaster or put on new drywall?
We are about to start a major renovation on our 1913 colonial revival house. I have learned a ton from this site already. Hope you can help with this problem that's just come up. We've narrowed the choice of GCs down to two companies. They both have excellent reputations,but differ on this one point:
With our old plaster walls, one wants to patch and skim coat, while the other wants to put 1/4" drywall. The rationale for the skim coat is that it leaves a nicer high end finish, while the other guy claims it will crack within 6 months so might as well slap on some new drywall.
What do you think? Any input is appreciated. Thanks!