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What is Gyprocking?

What is Gyprocking?

Gyprocking vs plastering: What is the difference?

When it comes to wall and ceiling coatings, homeowners have two choices, Gyprock (plasterboard) and traditional solid plaster. While there is no doubt that Gyprock is the more common method these days, that doesn’t necessarily make it the best.
We are going to take a closer look at each of the methods to help you make the right decision for your new build or renovation project. The method you choose will make all the difference to the quality of the final finish.

What is gyprock?

Gyprock is a brand name for plasterboard, sometimes known as gypsum board. Gyprock panels are made by sandwiching a layer of gypsum plaster between two sheets of felt paper. Once the gypsum is set, it creates a solid panel which is then fixed to a stud wall.

The panels have recessed edges which allows them to be butted up against one another, this helps to minimise the gap between them. But there will still be a visible join which needs to be filled with a compound using a process called mudding.

Gyprock is a cost-effective solution which is very easy to install compared to traditional plaster. This is the reason why Gyprock is the most popular solution today. But there are several disadvantages to this method which you need to consider.

Advantages of gyprock

  • Low cost
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to repair
  • Recyclable

Disadvantages of gyprock

  • Lightweight boards can be easily damaged
  • Not suitable for hanging heavy objects
  • Poor acoustic performance
  • Substandard finish compared to plaster
  • Does not have any insulation properties on its own
  • Not suitable for covering curved walls

What is plastering?

Plaster is the traditional method of covering internal walls. This method has been used for centuries to provide a smooth coating suitable for painting or wallpapering. While the materials have changed, the process basically remains the same.

Using this method, several layers of lime, cement or gypsum-based plaster are applied to the wall wet. When dry, this creates a strong, durable finish, suitable for both paint and wallpaper. The final layer can be left plain or inlaid with an aesthetically-pleasing pattern.

Because traditional plaster needs to be applied by skilled tradesmen, it costs more than a Gyprock, drywall-based system. But the improved acoustic properties, increased longevity and superior finish of this type of covering often outweigh the cost.

Advantages of Plastering

  • Beautiful high-quality finish
  • Excellent acoustic properties
  • Has basic insulation properties
  • Extremely durable
  • Suitable for hanging heavy objects
  • Can be used to cover curved walls
  • The top layer can be inlaid with a pattern

Advantages of Plastering

  • More expensive than Gyprock
  • Takes longer to install

As you can see, while Gyprock is cost-effective to install, the finished product simply can’t match the superior quality of plaster. This is why plaster remains the wall covering of choice for most high-end homes.

However, despite being installed by skilled tradesmen, plastering is not as expensive as you think. You’ll be surprised how affordable plastering is, especially when you consider the other benefits traditional plastering provides.

If you would like a traditional plastering quotation for your new build or renovations project, get in touch with us today by completing our contact form. We provide our services to homes and businesses in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas.

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