The evolution of plasterboard systems on commercial projects

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The evolution of plasterboard systems on commercial projects

Your next commercial project may not be able to bear the mess and fine art associated with making plaster. As a result, you require some high-quality commercial plasterboard systems that can satisfy the commercial based requirements. Besides this, with plaster, your commercial building operation may get delayed as you may have to wait long enough for the plaster drying process.  

Commercial projects like hotels, offices, retail, schools, and hospitals; all have comprehensive requirements for the protection and safety of occupants and users. Unlike residential projects, every commercial building has a unique set of requirements that need a perfectly tailored plasterboard system.

Commercial range plasterboards are designed specially to satisfy basic performance requirements including fire resistance, weatherproofing, damp proofing, sound insulation, and structural integrity.  

Feeling intrigued? So let’s explore the evolution of plasterboard systems on commercial projects:

Plasterboard Systems on Commercial Projects

Drywall, since its invention in the 20th century, has continued to improve and today, dry lining or plasterboard system is an essential part of residential and commercial construction. With enhanced manufacturing techniques and a better understanding of the material properties, one now can purchase plasterboards in almost any size and dimension.

In the early applications of the plasterboard, it was used together with plaster. Instead of wood lath, quarter-inch thick sheets of drywalls were used. After installing drywall over the bare studs, one or two thin coats of plaster were applied over the entire surface. But such a finished surface is still completely made of plaster. Anyhow, with the improvement in drywall and plasterboard technologies, now you just have to tape and finish only the joints of the drywall sheets.

For commercial projects, you require a variety of lengths and widths which is now readily available. Besides this, you can purchase specialized plasterboards for a variety of applications. Fire retardant drywall panels are used for specialized commercial applications such as for elevator shaft where fire protection is extremely critical. Similarly, for increased moisture conditions, you can get damp proof drywall panels. For areas of high traffic or high abuse, there are plasterboard panels that can resist excessive indentation.

Standard Plasterboard

The standard plasterboard with thickness in the range of 13 mm is manufactured as a non-combustible material and is usually used for internal wall and ceiling lining for a wide range of commercial applications. But such a standard product is not suitable for constant contact with water or humid areas. 

For the lining of wet areas specialized plasterboard with thickness above 10 mm is recommended. Such a plasterboard has a treated core, face, and back to make it resistant to moisture and humidity. You can even use these plasterboards in showers/change rooms, restrooms, laundries, kitchens, hospital ward bathrooms, and soffits.

Plasterboard with improved acoustic resistance

For commercial areas like libraries, nurseries, hotel bedrooms, theatres, and similar commercial buildings, you require plasterboard with proper sound control and improved sound transmission properties. For such areas, specially formulated dense plasterboard is used to increase its sound absorption properties and impact resistance.

Fire-resistant plasterboard

Plasterboard having a fiber-reinforced core can maintain structural integrity when subjected to direct flame making it an ideal choice to use as a fire-rated wall or ceiling system. It can be used in lift wells, plant rooms, smoke walls, and party walls.

Impact-resistant plasterboard

For high traffic areas in a commercial building like corridors, classrooms, retail stores, games rooms, and garages; a multi-layer of glass fiber mesh and a denser core with heavy-duty lining paper plasterboard is recommended which is also fire rated and acoustic grade making it ideal for commercial properties.

The Bottom Line

It is quite obvious that for commercial and industrial buildings the construction work and wall finishing have to be durable against weathering and moisture intrusions. For such requirements, the interior finish has to strictly follow the industrial standard and mandated building codes. But over the recent years, the drywall has been a preferred choice and is rightly so. It has evolved itself as a feasible and perfect alternative to traditional plastering for both commercial and residential projects.  

Time to Call Experts

Whether you’re looking for a long-lasting and durable plasterboard system for high traffic areas like corridors or you require these finishes in sanitary compartments and wet areas of your commercial building; our comprehensive services have you covered.

Our plasterboard and dry lining specialists fully understand the specialized requirements of commercial buildings with only careful selection of wall and ceiling linings our rendering services can have a lasting impact on the comfort, amenity, and performance of your commercial project.

So, call us now and we’ll help you in choosing the right level of finish and installation method for plasterboard.

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If based in Yorkshire & surrounding area’s call 07879 006237 – email info@sdlplastering.co.uk or fill out the contact form below to receive your free no-obligation quote for all our plastering services.

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