Renovating or Building Custom? How to Choose the Best Plasterboard for Your Home

Renovating or Building Custom? How to Choose the Best Plasterboard for Your Home
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    There are many different types of plasterboard to choose from, and each option has its own pros and cons.


If you are building a house from the ground up or renovating an existing home, then you should spend a little bit of time researching the advantages of each type of plasterboard.

Gyprock Plasterboard

Most plasterboard is now made with a thin layer of gyprock plastering surrounded by a heavy-duty linerboard.

This option has become very popular in recent years because it is strong and easy to work with. With that extra layer of gyprock, the plasterboard is going to stand up to years of abuse as long as it is properly installed.

For ceilings, most contractors suggest 13mm gyprock plasterboard in order to prevent sagging, but the walls can usually be lined with 10mm plasterboard.

It should also be noted that gyprock plasterboard is more dense than normal plasterboard, making it better for suppressing sound between rooms.

Water-Resistant Plasterboard

Also known as green-lanced plasterboard, water-resistant plasterboard is specifically designed for wet environments like bathrooms and basements.

Even if you plan on fully sealing and tiling your bathrooms, it is still a good idea to go with water-resistant plasterboard instead of traditional plasterboard.

Over the years, water will make its way through small cracks in between the tiles, and that moisture could lead to a wide variety of problems including mold, mildew, unpleasant smells, and structural damage. Water-resistant plasterboard isn’t immune to these problems, but it will take much more time and negligent maintenance for them to occur.

Fire-Resistant Plasterboard

Modern plasterboard must stand up to high temperatures and direct heat, but it won’t resist direct flames. That is why you must use fire-resistant plasterboard around fireplaces, stoves, and ovens.

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Fire-resistant plasterboard usually has a fire rating of at least one hour, and it is a much safer option. Unfortunately, it is also more expensive, and that is why most contractors only use it around features that produce heat and open flames. For those with greater safety needs, however, fire-resistant plasterboard can also be installed across sections of the home to prevent fires from spreading should one start.

Soundproof Plasterboard

Much like fire-resistant plasterboard, soundproof plaster is more expensive than the basic panels that you are going to find at a home improvement center. That being said, acoustic plasterboard can be an excellent choice in certain rooms. Many people use this particular product when they are redesigning a baby’s nursery.

Those who work in their garages might prefer acoustic plasterboard as well in order to muffle the sounds of tools and vehicles. Those with home offices or who do home-recorded podcasts, music demos, or other recording at home should also consider using this and other soundproofing materials to protect the quality of their recordings.

other valuable tips:

While it might be tempting to try and save some money by installing the plasterboard on your own, these types of projects are very time-consuming. Hiring a team of experienced contractors to install your plasterboards could end up saving you time and money.

Whether you’re renovating your home to add or change rooms, or having a custom home built from scratch, it’s important to have the right materials installed for the right places depending on the needs of each room of the house.

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