What is the difference between drywall and solid wall plastering?

Drywall and solid wall plastering are two different construction methods used for interior wall surfaces in Auckland. Here’s a comparison of the two:

  1. Drywall (Gypsum Board): Drywall, also known as gypsum board or plasterboard, consists of a core of gypsum sandwiched between two layers of paper or fiberglass. It is available in large sheets and is typically installed by screwing or nailing it to the wall studs or framing. Joints between sheets are then taped, mudded (covered with joint compound), and sanded to create a smooth surface.
  1. Solid Wall Plastering: Solid wall plastering, also referred to as solid plastering or traditional plastering, involves applying multiple layers of plaster directly onto the wall substrate. It typically includes a basecoat or scratch coat, followed by one or more additional coats, such as a brown coat and a finish coat. Each coat is applied manually and allowed to cure before the next coat is added. The final coat is then finished to achieve the desired texture or smoothness.

Key Differences:

– Construction Method: Drywall is a prefabricated material that is cut and installed as sheets, while solid wall plastering is a manual application process that involves building up layers of plaster on the wall surface.

– Thickness: Drywall sheets are typically available in various thicknesses, ranging from 9mm to 16mm, whereas solid wall plastering can create thicker plaster layers depending on the desired finish and requirements.

– Installation Time: Drywall installation is generally quicker compared to solid wall plastering. Drywall sheets can be installed relatively rapidly, while solid wall plastering requires more time for the application of multiple layers and curing between coats.

– Finish Options: Drywall provides a smooth surface that is suitable for a range of finishes, such as painting or wallpapering. Solid wall plastering offers more versatility in terms of texture and decorative finishes, as it can be customized to achieve various textures and patterns.

Reasons for Use:

– Drywall is commonly used in Auckland due to its ease of installation, cost-effectiveness, and versatility. It is widely used in residential and commercial construction for its quick installation and compatibility with various finishes.

– Solid wall plastering is often chosen for its aesthetic appeal and the ability to create unique textures and finishes. It is favored in heritage restoration projects or when a more traditional or customized look is desired. Solid wall plastering can provide a sense of authenticity and architectural character to a space.

The choice between drywall and solid wall plastering depends on factors such as budget, project requirements, desired aesthetics, and personal preferences. It’s advisable to consult with our professionals at Your Plasterers Auckland and others in the construction industry to determine the most suitable option for your specific project in Auckland.