Types of Plasterboard

Plasterboard has risen in popularity and dropped in price since its introduction around the 1950s.  It is now the standard covering material for ceilings and partition walls.  Due to its inherent ease of use, a competent DIYer can certainly do plasterboard work themselves.  Anyone preparing for a job should be aware of the different types of plasterboard available.

Plasterboard itself is the most common and prevalent type.  It is used in ceilings and stud walls, and it is also used in dry lining.  It consists of a layer of hardened plaster between sheets of paper.  The second type, damp-proof board, is becoming more common as it contains a damp-proof membrane on the back.  The damp-proof membrane is usually in the form of a silver-foil coating.  Insulated board, the third type, is similar to common plasterboard as well, but also has a layer of insulating foam on the back.

These three types of plasterboard use the same composition of plaster as common plasterboard, but moisture-resistant plasterboard has a different plaster make-up between the paper sheets.  Moisture-resistant plasterboard, the fourth type, is designed for use in areas that are subjected to water, but not immersed in it.  Sound-insulated board, the fifth type, also uses a slightly different layered plaster that is designed to insulate against sound waves.  Finally, the sixth type, fire-resistant board, is useful for areas that might experience fires; this type of board is commonly used on the ceilings of commercial kitchens.

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