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When attaching plasterboard to walls or ceilings, the detail between sheets is critically important. Plasterboard Tapes are simply indispensable in drylining; their primary purpose is to seal gaps and prevent cracks from forming after a plaster finish has been applied. This process is known as ‘tape and jointing'. For a professional finish, it's imperative to use the right plasterboard joint tape. Choose from our vast range of plastering tapes to suit your application.

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Plasterboard Tapes for Jointing

The Different Types of Plasterboard Tapes

Getting the right materials for your project is crucial. Choosing the right jointing tapes is no exception to this rule. 

There are two main types of plasterboard joint tape available on the market: scrim tape, which is made out of a fibreglass mesh, and paper jointing tape. 

Aside from these two types, we also stock metal corner tape for external corner joints and unique angles. Let's explore each type below: 

Scrim Tape

Scrim tape is a type of self-adhesive tape that is made up of interwoven fibreglass threads.

This fine mesh net is purposed to strengthen plasterboard joints by eliminating the gap between two or more plasterboard sheets. This reinforcement works to prevent cracks and fissures from developing once the sheets are plastered over.

The open mesh nature of scrim tape ensures that the jointing compound or plaster is able to bleed through, and secure the tape, creating a strong joint.

Unlike paper jointing tape, scrim tape needs only a top layer of jointing compound. Scrim tape's self-adhesive nature means you can apply it directly to a joint without the need for a base layer of jointing compound, which makes it ideal for novice users. 

It's important to note, that while you can fold scrim tape and it may be adequate for internal joints on occasion, it isn't going to provide you with the same sharp edge as pre-creased jointing tape.

Paper Jointing Tape

Jointing tape, otherwise known as drywall tape, is a paper-based product produced with a crease along its length. 

If you require tape that can be folded and creased for joining at an angle or corner, jointing tape is your best bet. Keep in mind, however, that jointing tape is not self-adhesive like scrim tape.

It requires a base layer of jointing compound so the application process will ultimately be longer. 

Metal Corner Tape

If you're looking for an easy way to neaten up external corners and unusual angles like those found on bay windows, use metal angle tape. It's the ideal solution for applications where rigid-angle beads aren't appropriate.

We suggest using this tape in the following applications: 

  • Arches
  • Drop ceilings
  • Splay angles
  • Bay windows

Frequently Asked Plasterboard Tapes Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Plasterboard Tapes

What Type of Plasterboard Tape Should I Use? 

Consider how much time you have to complete the task as well as the kinds of joints you'll be tackling when determining which form of tape is best for you. 

If you need to decorate a space fast, scrim tape's self-adhesive properties make it the ideal option because taping and jointing will be quicker.

Paper tape, on the other hand, is less expensive so it may be best suited to those on a budget.

Scrim tape has two primary disadvantages when compared with paper tape: it cannot be folded as neatly along its length as paper tape can. It is possible to fold mesh tape, although doing so by hand may be difficult. It is also not as strong or durable as paper tape. 

How Essential Is Using Plasterboard Joint Tape?

Applying joint tape and compound to your plasterboard panels is essential for a perfect hold and finish. Always choose the appropriate products and follow the manufacturer's guidance to ensure reliable results.

Can I Overlap Scrim Tape? 

For the best results, avoid overlapping the scrim tape as this will cause a built-up area which could compromise the overall quality of the joint and seamlessness of the plaster application. 

Once The Scrim Tape Is Applied, Do I Plaster Directly Onto It?

Yes, once the tape is in place, you can begin plastering. However, please note that you won't be able to alter the tape once the plastering has begun, so make sure you're happy with the positioning before getting down to business.

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