Even if you are completely new to the construction world, you must have heard the term ‘plasterboard’ before. But what is it? In this article, we will talk about what drylining and what are the different types of plastering available.
What is plasterboard?
Gypsum is a construction material that goes by many names. You might have heard it being called plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board. You might have also heard it being referred to as “Sheetrock” on the TV which is a very famous brand of drywall (plasterboard in the UK) used mostly in America. Plasterboard is used to make the walls and ceilings in practically every indoor setting these days. It is often commonly referred to as “drylining”.
Drylining first appeared around the beginning of the 20th century, and it revolutionized the construction industry. Before, walls were made of either bricks or wooden panels that were covered up with an excessive amount of plaster. Such a construction process was extremely time consuming and expensive.
Drylining on the other hand, is a quicker and more cost-effective. It is very easy to install and fix. It requires less time to dry and brings additional benefits of being fire-resistant and highly durable.
Types of plasterboard
plasterboard is a durable and reliable material. Its usage is quite prevalent in every building type. However, a simple sheet of plasterboard does not fulfil all modern construction needs. Therefore, different types have been created to suit different needs.
This is the most common type. It is a gypsum board sandwiched between two layers of cellulose paper. Most people are only familiar with this type as it is the one that is used the most. It is usually available in a standard size of 2.4m X 1.2m.
Commonly known as the “MR Board”, this type of drywall resists both moisture and mould growth. It is also more durable than the regular drywall, as it is harder and denser. Therefore, it is a great option for the area with moisture, such as a shower.
As we mentioned above, all plasterboards are fire-resistant due to the nature of gypsum they are formed from. But if your building regulations require stricter fire protection, then you need fireboard. It is a more fire retardant sheet of gypsum board, and it has glass fibres mixed in with the gypsum. The added glass fibres provide extra resistance to fire. However, it should be kept in mind that fireline is not fireproof – it can withstand fire for up to an hour only in the correct circumstances.