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What Properties Make For Good Plasterboard?

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When you buy plasterboard, you are not merely obtaining a material that will form the inside of a newly constructed wall but a product that is specifically designed to perform well for years. Drywall panels or Gyprock plasterboards are commonly made from a type of calcium sulfate dihydrate. Onto the surface of these boards, a layer of building industry paper will be added, making them ideal for Gyprock plastering. Textured finishes when Gyprock plastering are usually effected best with square-edged plasterboard whereas tapered edges tend to suit standard skimming. The paper used helps the plaster to dry out evenly, which means that a rapid application can be maintained by a skilled plasterer.

Of course, obtaining Gyprock plasterboard is not simply about making the process of Gyprock plastering easier. What long-term properties should high-quality plasterboard also offer?

Moisture Repelling Qualities

To begin with, many of the best plasterboards now used in the construction sector will resist exposure to moisture. This means that they can withstand transportation in humid or even mildly wet conditions and still arrive in good condition. What's more, the moisture-resistant properties of some grades of Gyprock plasterboard mean that if there is ever a leak from a burst pipe in the wall or ceiling, they won't immediately disintegrate.

Insulation Properties

Although it is possible to get on with Gyprock plastering if there is no insulation behind them whatsoever, many building firms now opt for plasterboards which are already attached to an insulating backing. This means that the insulation panels and final plasterboards can be cut to size in a single process, which saves lots of time, especially on larger projects.

Acoustic Dampening

In high-rise apartment blocks and terraced houses, acoustic dampening is something that is highly desirable. Some grades of plasterboard will provide a similar level of sound baffling properties as even specialist soundproofing products. They make for a more homely environment where the sounds of neighbours are reduced even if they are not cut out entirely.


The ability to fireproof homes more effectively is of increasing importance in building design. When Gyprock plastering is carried out with fire-resistant boards, even timber constructed walls are much more unlikely to catch fire. Simply by using them can slow the progress of house fires down by a couple of hours. The highest level of non-combustibility in plasterboards is usually reserved for escape routes and for boarding our risers in multi-storey buildings where lives can be saved if it has been used.