Insulated plasterboard comprises standard drywall plasterboard pre-bonded to an insulant. It is often referred to as foam-backed plasterboard or thermal plasterboard (which refers to the thermal properties that the insulation element adds).
To make this product, manufacturers simply bond a sheet of plasterboard to one side of either Phenolic insulation or PIR insulation. The result is an all-in-one board of insulation and plasterboard that reduces heat loss and also drylines the wall or ceiling - the best of both.
The term ‘dot and dab’ refers to the method of installation. As the name suggests, this method involves using ‘dots and dabs’ of adhesive over solid wall linings. It is far quicker to use this method than the traditional lath and plaster technique and is also ideal for those wanting to cover uneven areas.
Celotex insulated plasterboards are made from PIR. They are lightweight, rigid, and have an excellent thermal conductivity value of 0.022 W/mk, making them perfect for people who want to invest in superior heat-loss protection.
Celotex PL4000 products are comprised of a board of PIR that is bonded to a 12.5mm fire resistant plasterboard. PL4000 plasterboard has a tapered edge, making the installation process quick and easy. You can install this foam-backed tapered edge plasterboard to the internal side of a masonry wall or under and between rafters and joists. You can either use mechanically fixed installation techniques or the bonding dot and dab method, which involves direct bonding to the masonry wall. These boards are available in overall thicknesses of 37.5mm, 52.5mm, 62.5mm, and 72.5mm.
Kingspan insulation plasterboard is composed of phenolic foam. Whilst Kingspan Kooltherm K118 is not the cheapest insulated plasterboard available, it is the most effective; blowing all other insulated plasterboards out of the water when it comes to thermal performance, with a lambda value of just 0.018 W/mK.
Kooltherm K118 is comprised of a sheet of phenolic foam that is stuck to a 12.5m plasterboard. These Kingspan K118 insulated plasterboards have a composite foil reverse facing, allowing for effective vapour control. It is manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero ODP and low GWP, making it the go-to choice for people who care about their carbon footprint. You can install Kooltherm K118 on solid brickwork or solid stonework with ease.
EPS insulated plasterboard is comprised of a sheet of expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS) that is stuck to a 9.5mm plasterboard. EPS has a thermal conductivity of 0.038 W/mK. It is one of the cheapest choices of insulated plasterboard for solid walls, due to the fact that it is less thermally efficient than PIR or phenolic.
This range contains 2400mm by 1200mm plasterboards. They are a quick, easy solution for people who are working on refurbishment projects. They meet both new build and refurbishment requirements and reduce energy consumption across the board.
We refer to all insulated plasterboards by their overall thickness, as this helps you to calculate how much space the board will take up. For instance, Celotex has an insulated plasterboard product called "Celotex PL4025”, where the “25” refers to the fact that the thickness of the insulation board is 25mm. However, this is bonded to a 12.5mm plasterboard, making the overall thickness 37.5mm. We, therefore, call this product “37.5mm Celotex PL4025”.
All of the thicknesses listed on our site refer to the thickness of the insulation plus the plasterboard.
Insulated plasterboards comprise gypsum plasterboard bonded to expanded polystyrene, extruded polystyrene, and phenolic foam respectively. There is an abundance of benefits in choosing insulated plasterboard as an insulant in your build. For example, you can get added benefits such as fire-resistant plasterboards that are non-combustible, due to the addition of glass fibre and other additives. Gyproc Fireline Plasterboard, is a square-edged plasterboard offering a slick straight edge and is ideal for where stringent fire performance is required. Additionally, ThermaLine Super Boards incorporate a vapour control layer, saving you stress, time and money.
Insulation plasterboard is ideal for people who want plasterboard with added benefits whilst meeting new build and refurbishment requirements. It offers the user the ability to install both the insulation and plasterboard in one operation thus reducing installation time.
Insulated plasterboard prices usually pay for themselves. When taking into account the additional labour required to bond separate insulation and plasterboard products together, it is cheaper to buy insulated plasterboard than it is to buy normal plasterboard and insulation separately, which is ideal if you have a tight budget for building materials. They also have better energy efficiency and help to reduce heating bills.
Yes, you can put foam backed plasterboard on a ceiling. Lots of people opt for this all-in-one option to save time and money.
The next question that customers ask us is how to fix insulated plasterboard to a ceiling. It is important to use fixings that will drill through the plasterboard, the ceiling, and into the timber joists above. If you fail to do so, you could risk future accidents. To avoid this problem, you need to choose your insulated plasterboard thickness carefully.
Older homes might have Artex ceilings. Artex is a surface coating that painters used to decorate ceilings until 1984. It used to contain asbestos. When Artex realised the dangers of asbestos, they removed it from the formula. If you drill through a ceiling that contains asbestos, you could release dangerous particles.
If you want to install thermal board on your ceiling, you need to take all proper safety precautions.
Cutting thermal plasterboard is simple. You must take the proper safety precautions before cutting the plasterboard. Wear gloves, goggles, and any other safety equipment that you think is appropriate.
First, you want to mark your measurements on the board. Small mistakes lead to gaps, which can compromise the thermal efficiency of your plasterboard. Second, lay the plasterboard on a flat, clear surface. You need to use an extremely sharp knife that can cut through both the insulation and the plasterboard for a clean, concise finish.