Moisture Resistant Plasterboard

It's no secret that moisture is a structural nightmare; threatening condensation, risk of mould and deterioration of the building fabric. Moisture plasterboard contains moisture-resistant additives to battle these damp-induced woes and does a superb job of protecting walls and ceilings from high humidity, preventing damage in wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms. We stock thicknesses 12.5mm and 15mm, with both coming in the standard size of 2400mm x 1200mm (8”x4”) and having a tapered edge.

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What Is Moisture Resistant Plasterboard?

Moisture-resistant plasterboard is specifically designed to tolerate moist and humid conditions such as those found in a bathroom or kitchen. Moisture-resistant plasterboard is not waterproof as such but is resistant to atmospheric dampness like you would find in a bathroom. MR plasterboard consists of an aerated gypsum core, with its water resistance coming from the water-repellent additives encased in the core and paper liners. The treatment used to give the plasterboard these properties is green and therefore people will often refer to MR plasterboard as green plasterboard.

Designed for direct tiling application (with no surface preparation required), these drywall green boards should be used in conjunction with other drywall components to create partition and ceiling systems that resist moisture.


What Is Moisture Resistant Plasterboard Used For?

Generally used in high moisture and humid environments, moisture board has a host of other uses and benefits: 

  • It is often used as an inexpensive structural solution to build internal walls or separators 
  • It is popular in the building trade as it can be installed with acoustic insulation in ceiling and partitioning systems
  • It is most popular in bathroom and kitchen projects
  • Can be used in lieu of traditional plastering 
  • Can be placed over existing walls or drylining internal surfaces to get the same effect as just having plastered it
  • Suitable for external soffits in sheltered positions 

Frequently Asked Questions About Moisture Resistant Plasterboard

When Should I Use Moisture Resistant Plasterboard?

MR plasterboard should be used in situations where there is increased humidity. This would apply to both high moisture areas like bathrooms and kitchens. 

At Materials Market we sell Gyproc moisture-resistant boards (12.5mm and 15mm), Knauf moisture-resistant tapered edge (12.5mm and 15mm), and Siniat moisture-resistant tapered edge (12.5mm and 15mm). We don't sell square edge moisture-resistant boards. 

Should I Use Moisture Resistant Plasterboard On Damp Walls?

It is always best to look at the root cause of the problem with the damp before doing anything else to it. Affixing any kind of board to a high moisture damp wall may just be storing up problems for the future. If you do decide to take this step, however, the best way is to put batons between the wall and the boards, that way the moisture is not transferred directly into the boards. It is still possible for damp walls to transfer moisture to moisture plasterboard over a longer period of exposure otherwise.


Can Moisture Resistant Plasterboard Be Skimmed?

Skimming refers to the process of plastering smoothly over a surface, for example, to disguise the fact there are multiple panels of green drywall and present it as a uniform surface for further decoration if desired.

It is indeed possible to skim moisture-resistant plasterboard and it is recommended that a bonding agent is used before starting the skimming process, though some people in the building industry believe that it is possible and easier just to skim directly onto the moisture-resistant plasterboard, so it is a matter of personal choice how you accomplish the task.


Can Moisture Resistant Plasterboard Be Painted?

It is possible to apply paint directly to the surface of MR plasterboard and the water repellent liners but it must first be prepared with a plaster bonding agent in order for the paint to adhere to the surface. This is in accordance with the British Gypsum guidelines.


Is Moisture Resistant Plasterboard Worth It?

Yes, if you are using it for the purposes for which it is intended, MR plasterboard offers many benefits. It really comes into its own when used for semi-exposed areas like kitchen and bathroom projects where ordinary plasterboard would not be able to cope with the damp conditions and this alone makes it worth the extra cost vs standard plasterboard sheets.

On the whole, most moisture-resistant boards feature a low thermal conductivity, however, we don't recommend them as a heat-retaining insulant. 


One benefit of plasterboard is that it's 100% recyclable and is considered to be an environmentally friendly material as no waste should be required to go to landfills.

Is Moisture Resistant Plasterboard Fireproof?

Moisture-resistant plasterboard is not fireproof but there are different types of treatments that can be done to plasterboard to give it more fire resistance; you can find our own selection of fire resistant plasterboard here. While these are not fireproof per se, they add significantly to the amount of time that it will take for a fire to spread and therefore increase the safety of any home or building they are installed in.