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Walls & Ceilings


rSelf builders committed to undertaking as much work as possible themselves are increasingly following commercial housebuilders in choosing drywall systems for internal finishes.

Whether you are instructing contractors or planning to have a go at installation, a basic knowledge of the types of products available and the way they are fixed can be invaluable. Plasterboard systems are available for a wide range of applications. They are ideal for lining block built or timber frame walls, and creating partitions and ceilings. There are also special acoustic floor systems designed to reduce the transmission of noise between storeys. A wide range of plasterboard products exists including prefinished products and it is important to select the right board for the job.


These can be used for lining walls, stud partitions and ceilings.i

They have an ivory face suitable for taping and jointing and offer the option to apply a plaster skim coat. Among the recent additions to the range of general plasterboards are those which are pre-sealed with a purpose designed coating. These boards avoid the need to seal the lining before painting and allow a quality finish to be achieved with just one coat of paint, instead of the two required for standard wallboards. Joint cements are colour matched so that the finished linings and partitions have a consistent white appearance ready for final decoration.


These boards are suitable for rooms where temporary exposure to moisture may occur and are an ideal base for ceramic tiling. Vapourcheck boards are designed for use in lining external walls and roofs and incorporate a metallised polyester film to provide a water vapour check. Other specific boards include fire resistant products, and extra tough boards, for use in areas at risk from impact damage.



These are heavy duty wall boards for superior acoustic performance. They have a dense high purity gypsum core between two high quality paper liners. The blue, tapered face is suitable for seamless jointing. The grey or blue can be used for the application of gypsum plasters. Drywall materials are installed using special adhesives or by nailing or screwing to metals or timbers. The boards are part of complete systems and it is increasingly common for them to  be fixed to specially made metal tracks, channels and studs. These are quick to position and cut and are free of the problems or warping that can sometimes occur as timber studs dry out. With the boards in position “invisible” joints are produced with the use of special tapes  or jointing compounds.