5 Features to Consider When Selecting Plasterboards


Several types of plasterboards exist on the market in case you would like to buy some sheets for a DIY project. This article discusses some of the features that differentiate one type of plasterboard from another. Use this information to select the most appropriate type for your needs.


Some plasterboards have a layer of insulating foam that is added on one of their sides. Such plasterboard is suitable in case you would like to use that material for a project in which thermal insulation is a key consideration. Such projects include lining a garage wall during a renovation project.

Moisture Resistance

It is also possible to buy plasterboards that were designed to be used in locations where high levels of moisture exist. For example, you may want to use that plasterboard in your bathroom or the kitchen. However, you should avoid immersing the plasterboard into water because it will rapidly disintegrate. Only use it where brief exposure to moisture is expected, such as when water splashes on a wall as you take a shower.

Sound Attenuation

Some plasterboards are designed to dampen sound so that very little of it is transmitted across them. Such plasterboards are ideal for projects in which sound management is an objective. For instance, you may use this type of board to line your ceiling in case you would like to reduce the noise that you hear as people walk upstairs.

Fire Resistance

Plasterboards generally have a degree of fire resistance. However, some are specifically made for use in applications where a high degree of fire resistance is required. For instance, you can use those boards on a hatch that leads into the ceiling from your garage. Such fire-resistant plasterboards can help to contain any fire that may start from that garage.

Types of Edges

Plasterboards are available as either tapered or those without tapered ends. The tapered plasterboards are good in case you would like to have a hidden seam once your project is completed. Those tapered ends create a depression where they meet. That depression can be filled using a joint compound just before you paint the wall or ceiling. Non-tapered plasterboards can be used in case the visual appeal of those boards isn't an issue.

As you can see, the requirements of your project play a crucial role in narrowing down the options that you should consider when you go shopping for plasterboards. It is therefore better to first consult an expert in case you aren't sure about the best type to buy so that you avoid using an inappropriate type during your DIY project.


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