What is Plasterboard?

Plasterboard consists or a gypsum inner layer wrapped in a heavy-duty liner paper.

The inner core consists of a mixture of gypsum, and a foaming agent which create a wet plaster mix. This plaster is applied to a sheet of paper and the sides of the paper are folded around the plaster. Another sheet of paper is added to create a plaster ‘sandwich’. This is dried before being cut to length, ready for use. The final plasterboard sheet has two long edges that are paper-wrapped and two cut edges.

Plasterboard come with different properties according to the weight and strength of the paper and other additives. There are numerous types of plasterboard available today to cover a range of purposes.

In Australia Gyprock® manufactures a wide range of premium quality plasterboard ranging from general application boards to specialty boards for acoustic, fire, wet area, impact and mould resistant systems. A complete range of environmental boards for Green Building projects is also available.

The Advantages of Plasterboard

Fire Protection
Fire rated plasterboard is available including products suitable for wet areas.

Noise Reduction
High density plasterboard with increased noise absorption properties are available for domestic and commercial uses such as:

  • Bathrooms
  • Home theatre rooms
  • Between floors in multi-storey residences
  • Meeting rooms and quiet rooms in office buildings
  • Hospital wards and operating theatres
  • Acoustic bulkheads and shafts

Asthma and Allergy Friendly

There is even a plasterboard product treated with gentle antifungal agent, to make it highly resistant to moisture and humidity, classified as low in volatile organic compounds it emits fewer chemicals than the acceptable Australian standard.

The attributes of Gyprock®Sensitive make it an ideal selection for use throughout the homes of asthma and allergy sufferers.

Wallpaper or Paint friendly

Once sealed properly, paint or wallpaper can be applied directly to the plasterboard.
Easy to handle and use for the DIYer.
Lightweight and easy to cut, however flushing large areas of plasterboard are really a job for the experts to achieve a professional finish.

Recycled

An environmental range of Gyprock® plasterboards that have been formally accredited by Good Environmental Choice Australia. The range has been manufactured with higher levels of recycled content, allowing EC08™ plasterboards to meet the requirements for Green Star Points.

No matter if you are building a new home or planning a renovation The range of plasterboards available these days will make a big difference to the appearance, safety and comfort and of your home.

 

Steps To Remove Textured Ceilings

Ceiling textures are introduced to enhance the look of any room and at times they also hide small flaws in the ceiling.  Whatever be the reason, there comes a time when we want to remove them to make way for more sophisticated or stylish look.  Some people like to remove them if they seem old, outdated and unsightly.  Hiring a professional to remove the textured ceiling leaving the cornices is the easy way out, but you can do it and save your precious money if you feel confident and have the time.

  • To begin with, cover all the electrical points with tapes to prevent the paint getting into them and posing a nuisance.
  • Get huge plastic sheets; thicker the better; and cover the entire floor with them and on all those items that could not be removed room.  Some people prefer to cover the walls and cornices too.  Cleaning becomes an easier job with this.
  • Take a gallon of water in a bucket and mix two to three spoons of mild detergent into it.  Fill this mixture into a pump-sprayer.  If you do not have a pump-sprayer, it is better to buy one to make your job easier.
  • Spray the mixture on one corner of the ceiling and allow it get soaked fully and become very soft in a few minutes.  Remember not to spray the entire length and breadth in one shot, as it will start drying as you start working.  Choose part by part.  Spare the cornices if you want to leave them as they are.
  • Now, stand on your ladder and start to scrape away the texture with the help of a putty knife or some similar device.  The texture will come away as it has become very soft.  Take care not to damage or gouge the drywall beneath the texture.  Repeat the process of spraying and peeling until the whole ceiling is done.  It is not a tough job but surely a time-consuming one.
  • Finally, remember to conceal gouges or lines with spackling and you will need to sand the ceiling to smooth out rough or jagged areas once the spackling dries fully.
  • Now your ceiling is ready for a fresh coat of primer.  Use a paint of your choice after the primer has dried completely.

Our experienced gyprockers at Decorative Ceilings and Walls are professionally trained to install, repair and maintain all types of ceilings and cornices.

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