Is it cheaper to plasterboard or plaster?

In Auckland, plasterboard (drywall) is generally considered to be a more cost-effective option compared to solid plastering. Here’s why:

  1. Material Costs: Plasterboard is typically less expensive than the materials used in solid plastering. Plasterboard sheets are manufactured in large quantities, making them more readily available and cost-effective. On the other hand, solid plastering involves the use of plaster mix, which may include cement, sand, and additives, making it a slightly costlier option.
  1. Labor Costs: Plasterboard installation is generally quicker and requires less specialized skill compared to solid plastering. As a result, the labor costs for plasterboard installation tend to be lower. Solid plastering involves multiple layers of manual application, which can be more time-consuming and labor-intensive, contributing to higher labor costs.
  1. Construction Time: Plasterboard installation is a faster process compared to solid plastering. Plasterboard sheets can be installed relatively quickly, whereas solid plastering involves applying multiple layers of plaster and allowing sufficient curing time between coats. The shorter construction time associated with plasterboard can result in cost savings, especially for larger projects.
  1. Flexibility and Ease of Modification: Plasterboard walls offer more flexibility when it comes to modifications or repairs. They can be easily cut, removed, and replaced when needed. Solid plastered walls, on the other hand, are more challenging to modify, requiring additional effort and cost for any changes or repairs.

While plasterboard tends to be more cost-effective, it’s important to consider the specific requirements and desired aesthetics of your project. Solid plastering can offer unique textures and finishes that may be preferred in certain architectural styles or heritage restoration projects. The choice between plasterboard and solid plastering ultimately depends on factors such as budget, project requirements, desired aesthetics, and the advice of construction professionals.

To get a more accurate cost comparison for your specific project, it’s recommended to consult with our local plastering contractors at  or construction suppliers in Auckland. They can provide detailed quotes and estimates based on your project specifications and materials costs in the area. We service all regions, from Orewa, Silverdale in the North Shore, to Henderson, Kumeu in West Auckland, all the way to Botany in East Auckland and Pokeno, Waiuku and Pukekohe in South Auckland. We also service the CBD of Auckland central!