What is it Made up of?
Plasterboard also known as drywall is made up of gypsum with outer layers of lining paper. These vary in thickness depending on the strength of board purchased. It is used to make interior walls and ceilings, it is a versatile product that is easy to work with. It's a very good insulator which helps keep your home warm and cosy, therefore saving you money.
Plasterboard or drywall is widely used in homes and other premises to divide up your living or work space to create individual rooms.
'Gypsum' is made of soft white or grey mineral calcium sulfate dihydrate. It is the standard building material for wall, ceiling, and partition systems in residential, institutional, and commercial properties. It acts as an effective insulator within the home helping to keep your rooms free from damp and moisture, whilst also being fire retardant.
What Sizes are Available?
Sheeting is generally manufactured to a standard width of 1200mm, specifically designed to fit stud walls. Other sizes are available when space may be at a premium.
Preventing the Spread of Fire
Plasterboard is used industry wide because of its fire retardant capacity. 'Gypsum' prevents spread of fire due to water particles that act to keep temperatures low, resisting the spread of fire.
It is also very effective at soundproofing, especially for household noises like voices and music. Preventing the transfer of unwanted sound to adjoining areas is a key consideration in both domestic environments or commercial settings. As such it acts as an effective system to help control sound transmission.
It can be used all around the house, but for bathrooms and kitchens where humidity levels are high, you will need a special moisture resistant type. Impact resistant plasterboard is more robust and has more load bearing capabilities, so is good to be used where you need extra strength and durability.
Our range caters for a variety of uses, within our selection we can supply the following;
- Moisture resistant
- Fire resistant
- High impact
Making a Choice
There are many types, widths and depths available to choose from at Building Supplies Online.
When deciding which product is right for you and your project, you will need to consider the application and functionality of the room the Plasterboard is going to be installed in. You will see an array of variations within our selection including moisture resistant, fire resistant, acoustic, thermal and high impact Plasterboards.
Once you have chosen from our selection, why not view our range of accessories and fixings including;
It is a difficult item to transport and requires access to the delivery point and possible mechanical lifting equipment. When applying it it is crucial you wear protective clothing and use the right fixings.
It can be applied to timber battens in front of a cavity wall insulation. Then use tape with scrim and the plaster over the boards. It is also used for added protection to structural steel where required.
When applying the plasterboard to a stud wall you can use fixings, screws or a dot and dab method. This will depend on the personal choice and the weight of the plasterboard you are fitting. Wallboard comes in smaller sizes which means it is easier to handle and ideal for putting into smaller spaces. If you require a thermal plasterboard then this is a more specialised board.
Great care must be taken when disposing due to current regulations you can no longer place plasterboard in standard bins and skips.
Is it the Same as Drywall?
Essentially, yes. Drywall is also known as Plasterboard, and they both serve the same purpose of being used in the construction of interior walls and ceilings.
How Much Does Plasterboard Cost?
Plasterboard can range from £5 to £20 when purchasing online. The price will vary dependent on the attributes of the plasterboard. If you are looking for cheap plasterboard, it is worth looking for some standard plasterboard with no extra features.
Help with Purchasing
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Our prices are the most competitive online and we have a full range of sizes available for Next Day Delivery with UK Nationwide shipping.