Which is better gypsum plaster or cement plaster?

Both gypsum plaster and cement plaster have their advantages and considerations when it comes to New Zealand, including Auckland, conditions. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Moisture Resistance: Gypsum plaster has natural moisture-resistant properties, making it suitable for areas with higher humidity levels. In Auckland, where there is a moderate climate with occasional rainfall, gypsum plaster can be an appropriate choice for interior applications, such as walls and ceilings in bathrooms or kitchens.
  1. Strength and Durability: Cement plaster, also known as stucco or render, is generally more robust and durable than gypsum plaster. It offers better resistance to impacts, weathering, and wear over time. In areas exposed to harsh weather conditions or for exterior applications, cement plaster is often preferred for its strength and ability to withstand external forces.
  1. Fire Resistance: Gypsum plaster is inherently fire-resistant, as gypsum itself is a non-combustible material. It can help slow down the spread of fire and provide additional fire protection to the building. In applications where fire safety is a priority, such as commercial or multi-story buildings, gypsum plaster may be preferred.
  1. Application Ease: Gypsum plaster is relatively easier and faster to apply compared to cement plaster. It has a smoother consistency, allowing for smoother finishes and easier workability. This can result in quicker installation times and potentially lower labor costs.
  1. Design Flexibility: Both gypsum plaster and cement plaster offer design flexibility in terms of textures, finishes, and customization. They can be applied in various textures and can be painted or coated to achieve the desired aesthetic. The choice between the two depends on the specific design requirements and desired visual effects.

It’s important to note that local building codes, regulations, and best practices should be followed when selecting and applying plaster in Auckland or any other location in New Zealand. Consulting with professional plasterers such as the team at Your Plasterers Auckland or construction experts who are familiar with the local conditions and requirements is recommended. They can assess your specific project needs and provide guidance on the most suitable plastering material for your particular application.