Selecting the Right Type of Plasterboard
Let us look at some of the different types of plasterboard products you can purchase:
Plasterboard has made construction of interior spaces a lot easier than it used to be. It is easy to install, fairly inexpensive, and durable enough to withstand the test of time. As a homeowner, you need to know there are different kinds of plasterboard products that you can install for both aesthetics and insulating purposes. You can insulate against the weather, moisture, and sound. You can even choose plasterboard that offers a measure of protection against fire.
The term 'insulated plasterboard' is normally
reserved for drywall products with some sort of
insulation product attached directly to the back
and is rated according to performance. This
kind of plasterboard is used for thermal
insulation on exterior walls. Thermaline,
Kingspan, and Warmline are three of the more
popular manufacturers of this type of product.
One of the best things about insulated
plasterboard in the UK is that consumers have
a choice of the insulation product they want.
For example, you can get an insulated board
with an extruded polystyrene backing.
Polystyrene is a dense yet lightweight
insulating product that stands up very well
against both heat and cold. Phenolic foam is
another option you can choose.
When you need a room with good acoustic
properties, sound insulating plasterboard is
a good option. This material is usually
between 12.5 mm and 15 mm thick. What
makes it different from standard
plasterboard is the density of the core.
The denser a plasterboard product is,
the better able it is to absorb sound
vibrations. Sound insulating
plasterboard is very good for keeping
unwanted sound out and providing
excellent acoustics within.
A number of plasterboard products are
available offering enhanced fire resistance
that can be used as part of a fire
protection system, which may be
necessary on certain projects where local
code requires it. The unique properties of
these products include a specialised core
and backing and fireproof plasterboard
products come in a variety of thicknesses
to meet multiple needs.
Moisture can wreak havoc on interior spaces. Where moisture is a
concern, you can purchase and install moisture resistant plasterboard.
Bathrooms and kitchens are good candidates for this kind of product.
The key to moisture resistance is a special vapour barrier added to the
backing of the product. This barrier resists moisture under normal
conditions. Obviously, no plasterboard products rated for moisture
protection can keep out floodwaters.
Are you thinking about a DIY project at home? If so, take a few minutes to learn about the different options for plasterboard. Choosing the right product could make the difference between a successful project and a failure. Moreover, if you do not know what the right plasterboard choice is for you, don't hesitate to contact us for advice. There is an easy-to-install and affordable product perfectly suited to your project.