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Dry Lining Walls – Benefits & Other Factors To Consider

Dry lining walls is the use of plasterboards to help cover any imperfections of the wall. It’s works great in situations where you would need to smoothen or flatten a bare wall.

It is also an environmentally friendly solution with soundproofing properties. Let’s explore some important considerations which will help you decide if dry lining is for you.

using gypsum for dry lining walls
Using Gypsum for dry lining walls. Credit:

Benefits of Dry Lining Walls

Dry lining in modern construction plays an important role given its lightweight properties. Some additional benefits of dry lining are:

  • Cost effectiveness: it is inexpensive and easy to install, which reduces the time consumed to fix the wall;
  • Popularity: as such, it is easier to source the plasterboards and is also easy to find plasterers who have experience with it.
  • Flexibility: it allows you to create objects of complex configuration. Dry lining can also be plastered, painted, other finishes can be applied. For example, you could create the brick wall effect to style the interior.

Factors To Consider With Dry Lining Walls

So, the basic rules for working with dry lining are:

The Correct Choice Of Material

This choice of material for dry lining would depend on the characteristics of the room in which it will be applied. In a standard room with normal humidity, the ordinary dry lining will work fine.

However, in areas that have high humidity/moisture levels, such as bathrooms, or kitchen, you would need to opt for a moisture-resistant drywall.

Additionally, if you are looking for dry lining walls in rooms that have electrical equipment, you would need to look for fire-resistant gypsum boards.

You would finally also need to choose the right material for the frame. In most cases, it is possible to work with dry lining framing profiles or with gypsum board and wooden mounting rails.

Types of Dry Lining Sheets

In addition to ordinary dry lining, there is moisture-resistant, refractory, as well as fire and moisture resistant. Most often, when repairing an apartment, the first two types are used. It is difficult to confuse: waterproof drywall is green, ordinary is gray. 

Dry lining also differ in thickness: thin (6-9.5 mm) are used for ceilings and structures with bends, dry lining of medium thickness (12.5 mm) is used most often for leveling walls, and thick sheets (15-24 mm) are needed, for example, for the construction of interior partitions. 

Selecting the Tools For Dry Lining Walls

Dry lining construction work and drywall finishing work imply an equally correct choice of tools because you definitely cannot cope with a simple screwdriver and knife. You will need to choose a tool depending on the complexity of the work, the volume of the project, and some of the process’s subtleties. 

Here’s a list of tools that you can conveniently browse through to source your supplies depending on your requirement.

Determining the Installation Process

Broadly, there are 2 ways to install the dry lining on the wall – frame or frameless. You should choose the most appropriate one that suits the project’s requirements, qualifications, and the issues that need to be addressed. For instance, if you are building a partition you should opt for the frame method, whereas if your requirement is to level walls with small defects, you could install the gypsum board with some glue.

Use cases for dry lining walls 

If you are tired of construction waste and dirt, then the use of dry lining, using the technology of “dry” construction, will help you carry out the finishing process is an effective manner. Depending on the scenario, it can be less time consuming compared to the wet methods.

Nevertheless, you can get in touch with our team at Ralph Plastering if you are not sure on how to proceed. We will provide you with a free quotation and consultation based on your specific requirements.

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Ralph Plastering is a highly recommended plastering company in South London and Surrey providing all aspects of plastering, dry lining, rendering and external wall insulation services.

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