All You Need to Know About Plasterboard

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Believe it or not, plasterboard is fitted into practically every single home, office, or shop in the whole of Great Britain and selecting the proper thickness of plasterboard will be one of the more important decisions that you should make, prior to purchasing it.

It is also important to know about the local council’s building codes if you are going to be building or renovating any time soon, as there are laws which determine just how thick your plasterboard must be.

  • Thinner panels are naturally lighter and more flexible, but can also more easily break; whereas the thicker types are more suitable in areas like walls and ceilings.
  • Make sure to use a reliable dealer for all of your plasterboard and softwood supplies in Southend for the very best results.

Matters of Size

Plasterboard comes in different thicknesses with each one having its own exclusive function based on various factors.

Let’s have a look at all of them:

  • 25-inch (6.35 mm)

This thickness is the most economical and is ready for use in 8-foot (2.4 m) and 10-foot (3.0 m) panels and at that size will weigh around 17 kg. It is normally put to use for curved walls, and can also be used to provide for a new surface over plaster. Because of its thinness, such panels will need to be handled carefully, as they can easily bend or whip. (Similar to sheet metal, but this type of movement will cause it to shatter into pieces)

  • 375-inch (9.52 mm)

If you are looking at using any plasterboard of this thickness, there are some factors to consider. It comes in different lengths:

  • 8-foot (2.4 m)
  • 9-foot (2.7 m)
  • 10-foot (3.0 m)
  • 12-foot (3.7 m)
  • 14-foot (4.3 m)

It weighs about 20 kg for the 8-foot (2.4 m) panel and is ideal for renovating partitions and is also utilised for patching or fixing up areas of plasterboard where repairs are required or been removed.

  • 5-inch (12.7 mm)

This size is the most popular and is provided in different panel lengths:

  • 8-foot (2.4 m)
  • 9-foot (2.7 m)
  • 10-foot (3.0 m)
  • 12-foot (3.7 m)
  • 14-foot (4.3 m)
  • 16-foot (4.9 m)

This is commonly used for walls and ceilings and is acknowledged as the standard type for a lot of residential homes and can easily be used with both wood and steel frames.

  • 625-inch (15.9 mm)

Another popular thickness of plasterboard is 0.625-inch (15.9 mm), and you will find it being used in commercial construction projects. There are once again, different panel lengths:

  • 8-foot (2.4 m)
  • 9-foot (2.7 m)
  • 10-foot (3.0 m)
  • 12-foot (3.7 m)
  • 14-foot (4.3 m)

This type is also commonly known as “firewall plasterboard” and is fitted on both walls and ceilings. Because of its thickness, it provides extra soundproofing qualities in busier kinds of buildings, and will never sag.

Whatever You Need

All the above are around you being used in buildings everywhere, you just didn’t know it!

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