Plasterboard, or drywall, is a quick and snappy alternative to traditional lath and plaster as it readily accepts paint and is quicker to apply than plaster. Standard gypsum plasterboard is perfect for general applications where basic fire, structural and acoustic levels are required.
Top Tip: If you are planning on papering or painting directly onto your plasterboard, you should always seal it first.
Consisting of a hardened gypsum plaster layer sandwiched between two layers of thick paper, plasterboard is a cost-effective choice for walls, ceilings and drywall partitions.
There are also specialist plasterboard sheets available on the market, including:
Gyproc offers both fireline and moisture resistant boards. Fireline offers fire protection and increased protection for structural steel with a non-combustible gypsum core. If heat retention is what you're after, we suggest applying insulation with a low thermal conductivity along with the plasterboard.
Standard plasterboard sheets can be easily fixed to the wall, timber/metal partitions (with mechanical fixings) and various brick/masonry constructions using the "dot and dab" method, in which plasterboard is applied to the surface of the walls or insulation with adhesive. It can be installed in single or multiple layers and fitted to any shape or size.
Knauf gypsum plasterboards offer homeowners a drylining solution that meets industry requirements. We recommend these 2400mm x 1200mm wallboards for people who want easy installation as well as a range of decoration options. Each board has an ivory paper face and a tapered edge that creates a flush finish. It helps homeowners to avoid unsightly gaps and poor installation practices.
Once the boards are installed, you can begin decorating. Knauf Drywall designed these boards specifically for direct application and decoration. While Knauf wallboard provides average fire protection and structural and acoustic insulation, Knauf's range of performance plasterboard offers superior acoustic and fire performance. For best performance, use in conjunction with Knauf jointing compounds and fixings.
Gyproc plasterboard is manufactured by British Gypsum, a market leader in plasterboard and wallboard products. Gyproc plasterboard is suitable for drylining internal surfaces, specifically partition walls, ceilings and floors, and can be installed in single or in multiple layers to increase acoustic and fire performance.
The boards are also easily fixed to various brick or masonry backgrounds with drywall adhesive and suitable for direct decoration or Thistle plaster finish.
Tapered edge boards are ideal for taping and jointing to achieve a flush finish or for a single coat gypsum plaster finish. Tapered edge plasterboard is the prime choice for walls (flat wall insulation) no matter the desired finish.
Square edge boards are perfect for textured finishes or undecorated applications. The boards maintain the same thickness throughout, and when pushed together, form the so-called butt joint. If you are planning on skimming the plasterboard with plaster we recommend opting for straight edge as it is generally cheaper.
When it comes to plastering or decorating plasterboard, you must always plaster or decorate the ivory face of the board.
As plaster is porous and absorbs moisture easily, we recommend sealing the plasterboard before painting to help the paint adhere better. It's also imperative to cover any joints and holes created by your fixings for a smooth and even finish.
We recommend cutting plasterboard with a regular plasterboard saw. You will need a straight edge, Stanley knife, a pencil and a measuring tape. Holes for switch or socket boxes should be cut out before the boards are fixed.
As ever, we recommend marking your measurements before cutting and wearing protective gear.
Yes. Plasterboard goes by several names including gypsum board, drywall, wallboard or wall panels.