What types of plasterboard are there?

Plasterboard is a sheet of gyproc lined on each side with heavy duty construction paper. The type of edging that plasterboard offers depends on whether you need to plaster over the board or you can finish it as it is. Using wet plaster is quickly becoming a ‘traditional’ method as drylining is all the more popular thanks to its speed and ease. Tapered edge plasterboard is for jointing and skimming whilst square edge plasterboard is best suited for textured finishes. Once the edging of the board is chosen there are a bevy of other choices too.

There are many types of plasterboard, all specifically made for a range of applications. Vapour control plasterboard and impact protection plasterboard are two types that are popular here at Insulation Superstore, but the real favourites of builders, homeowners and specifiers are below.


Moisture resistant plasterboard

In the core of moisture resistant plasterboard are some additives which repel moisture. These plasterboards are the only suitable plasterboards for kitchens and bathrooms as the humid environment will otherwise decay the quality of the board over time and can result in loss of effectiveness of any insulating properties. Using non-moisture resistant plasterboard in a moist area will lead to damp, rot and mould over time.


Acoustic plasterboard

Opt for acoustic plasterboard and you’ll get additional benefits over just being able to finish off the room. Acoustic plasterboard will keep the sound out of the room and reduce how noise travels between rooms to give a more private and comfortable life for those living there. Utilising acoustic plasterboard in a living room refurbishment for example will mean that a loud movie won’t disrupt a quiet chat in the kitchen.


Fire resistant plasterboard

Fire resistant plasterboard does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s important to become familiar with and choose the right fire performance rating as each rating denotes a different thing. Some fire resistant plasterboard may be non-combustible, where some may offer 240 minutes of fire resistance before it will catch fire. If fire resistant plasterboard isn’t specified and is just an optional extra, it’s worth choosing what suits your application best. If it’s specified then pick the correct performance rating to meet building regulations.


Insulated plasterboard

Insulated plasterboard is a favourite amongst dry liners as it’s so easy to install. It’s essentially a piece of insulation board faced with plasterboard but the fact that they’re already bonded together and ready to go makes the process faster and more efficient than if you were installing a layer of insulation and then plasterboard. Just like regular plasterboard, this type can be finished without plastering over too. Learn how to install insulated plasterboard with this simple video from Celotex.


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