28 Feb

Plasterboard FAQs

Plasterboard is a panel made of calcium sulphate dihydrate that is most commonly used in the construction of interior walls and ceilings. It’s quick to install and provides a smooth canvas to decorate over. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about plasterboard and its applications:

Plasterboard FAQs

What’s the difference between drywall and plasterboard?

Drywall and plasterboard are exactly the same product, just described in different terms. You may hear one term more frequently than the other depending on your geographical location.

Do you need to plaster over plasterboard?

You won’t need to plaster over existing plasterboard so long as it is smooth and without any major cracks or chips. If the plasterboard is in poor condition, it may need to be skimmed.

Can I paint straight onto plasterboard?

Yes. A convenient feature of plasterboard is that you can paint directly onto it with little preparation. You only need to cover any joints and holes created by your fixings first.

What are the advantages of plasterboard?

Plasterboard is a convenient tool for interior design that offers a variety of benefits, including:

  • Provides a durable surface for painting and decorating
  • Long lasting
  • Mould resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Offers sound proofings

What are the disadvantages of plasterboard?

Despite its advantages, plasterboard also has many disadvantages, including:

  • Easily absorbs moisture
  • Expensive and difficult to repair
  • Unsuitable for hanging frames or installing shelves
  • Unsuitable for exterior projects

Is it cheaper to plasterboard or plaster?

Wet plaster is typically cheaper than drywall, but the cost of hiring a skilled tradesman to apply that plaster will be more than purchasing drywall for DIY use.

Which side of the plasterboard do you plaster?

You should plaster the white side of the plasterboard.

How do you hide plasterboard joints?

Use a jointing knife to scoop filler mixture and run it along each joint in a smooth motion.

Can you tile over painted plasterboard?

You can tile over painted plasterboard easily by using an effective tile adhesive.

Do I need to seal plasterboard before painting?

Yes, you should seal plasterboard before painting to make it less absorbent and help the paint adhere better. A popular way to seal plasterboard is to use a mist coast, which is a thin layer of watered-down paint.

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