Plasterboard is a gypsum inner layer usually sandwiched between layers of lining paper and other additives depending on the desired weight and strength of the lining paper. This means that the plasterboards come with different properties. The standard plasterboard can be used in most environments, but it is not that suitable to use in areas that are constantly wet such as the bathrooms and kitchens. If you want to use plasterboard in such areas, then you will need to go for those that are moisture resistant.
Common plasterboards are usually offered in square edge or tapered edge. The tapered edged boards are great for skimming or joining while the square edged boards are best for textured finishes. The sheets are generally in 1200mm to suit 600mm stud spacing that is common with houses today. You can however find other widths to match with your individual specifications. The standard ones have brown face and an ivory face. The ivory face is for plastering and plaster should therefore be kept off the brown reverse side or face. Plasterboards are very popular with new homes and even old homes. It is probably because of the benefits and advantages they come with.
· The boards help in preventing fire from spreading rapidly. This is because the gypsum is made of crystals that contain small water amounts also referred to as water of crystallization. In case of a fire, the water is pushed off greatly helping in keeping the temperatures down. It means that the boards can be used for fire protection. In special multi layered system applications, the boards can offer fire protection for several hours.
· The plasterboards are also great at cutting down the noise. They deter the transmission of airborne sounds like music and speech. You will actually find boards that have cores designed to offer better sound insulation.
· Wallpaper can be applied directly onto the boards to create a beautiful interior hence you are not limited to the natural look of the boards. It is, however advisable to seal the boards first so it is easy to strip down the wallpaper whenever the need arises. The boards also give you the liberty to paint to achieve your desired look.
· The boards are easy to cut and are readily available. It makes it possible for you to handle your DIY projects with ease when you know what you want.
· They are sagging resistant, but flexible at the same time, so you can have an excellent finish for a long time.
· These boards are easier to put up compared to plaster and they can be recycled.
It is possible for you to handle the plasterboards in DIY projects. However, if you are not very sure, it is always better to call in the experts. Plasterers know exactly how to work with the boards to fetch you excellent results within the shortest time possible. They can also advise you on what boards are best for your home as well as plastering techniques that will make your home stand out.