Learn About the Different Types of Plasterboard

Known in different names like gypsum board drywall, wallboard or even sheetrock, people all over the world use plasterboard in construction. Plasterboard is a sheet of gypsum lined with heavy-duty construction paper on each side. The type of edging it offers depends on whether you'll plaster over it or finish it as it is. One of the common methods of using drywall is using wet plaster as drylining, due to its ease and speed of installation.

Square edge plasterboard is most suitable for creating textured finishes, while tapered edge plasterboard best suits skimming and jointing. Plasterboard comes in many types, specifically due to its wide range of applications. Here are 4 common types of plasterboard

Acoustic Plasterboard This type of plasterboard has all the benefits of any plasterboard but has an additional benefit. It keeps sound out of a room and reduces the rate at which noise travels between rooms. This gives those living there a more comfortable and private life. If you have acoustic plasterboard in your living room, a loud movie will not disrupt a quiet conversation in the kitchen. 

Moisture-Resistant Plasterboard These plasterboards include some components which aid in repelling moisture. These plasterboards are only preferred for bathrooms and kitchens because their moist environment would otherwise result in the decay of board over time, which can lead to loss of effectiveness of any insulation properties. Choosing non-moisture resistant plasterboard in a moist area will result in rot, damp and mould after some time. 

Fire-Resistant Plasterboard Choose fire-resistant plasterboard for increased protection for your home. Always check the description to understand the specific fire-performance rating since each rating means something different. Some of the available fire-resistant plasterboards may be non-combustible. However, some may offer a period of time after which they become susceptible to fire. 

If you're choosing fire-resistant plasterboard and it doesn't have a specific fire performance–rating labelling and only states fire resistance as an extra option, choose the plasterboard that suits your intended application best. If it is specific, then choose the one with the correct performance rating and the one which meets your building's regulations. 

Insulated Plasterboard This is a customer favourite due to its ease of installation. Essentially, it is a piece of insulation board faced with plasterboard. However, because it comes already bonded together and ready to install, it makes the process of installation faster. Like regular plasterboard, you can install this and finish it without plastering over it. 

It Is Recyclable? Plasterboard uses 100% recyclable material. After recycling, it lends itself to the creation of new plasterboard or serves as a soil conditioner, which helps rehabilitate mine sites. Gypsum, which is its main product, acts as a natural fertiliser that helps improve soil structure and help in water absorption to stimulate plant growth.

Different projects require different types of plasterboard. Choose the most appropriate plasterboard depending on the application.