Where a smooth and attractive surface is required you can't really leave brick, cement, or most other walling and ceiling materials uncovered. Traditionally that has meant calling in a plasterer to seal off the surfaces with plaster which can then be painted, but these days we often find that dry lining provides a better solution. Dry lining means cladding the wall or ceiling with one of a large selection of plasterboard types. There are lots of benefits to dry lining including the speed with which it can be applied compared to traditional wet plaster. It's easier to change dry lining than plaster which means the walls and ceilings are more flexible for spaces that may need to change shape or use. That's a big help in public spaces, showrooms, and shops. Speed of application also means lower costs. Plasterboard comes in a wide variety of sizes and larger sizes mean smoother flatter surfaces but require specialists to handle them – fortunately for you we are those specialists and can deliver perfect plaster boarding for your dry linings.
Dry Lining onto Timber or Metal
As dry lining specialists we have a lot of tricks up our sleeves when it comes to fixing the plasterboard. Less skilled dry liners tend to rely on a technique called dot and dab which uses adhesive to fix the plasterboard. That's OK but won't work in all situations so we also use techniques such as screwing which holds the plasterboard more securely, and nailing (called 'tacking' in dry lining) which means we can fix plasterboard securely to any kind of wall including timber and even metal – which comes in handy for industrial or converted industrial buildings with exposed metal frameworks or joists.
Perfectly Smooth Finish
To get a perfectly smooth finish to the plasterboard we take great care to counter sink our screw heads and flush fit nails as well as jointing tape and a joining compound which completely seals the joins between different boards. The result is a perfectly smooth finish ready for painting so that it takes an expert to know that this is a plasterboard dry lining wall.
One of the beauties of plasterboard is that it can be chosen for different purposes and can have a number of different properties depending on the type of board you want. A gap can be left behind the plasterboard which can be filled with insulation and there are plasterboard types with an insulating layer on the back to increase that thermal insulation.
Different Linings for Different Rooms
That flexibility when it comes to insulation is good for more than just warmth. Vapour barriers can be installed that reduce condensation and damp, waterproofing can ensure that wet rooms retain their water, and fire retardants can help keep people safe. There is also the possibility of acoustic dampening to insulate from noise where that is a sensitive area which is one of the reasons dry lining is such a popular approach in retail environments, schools, and medical facilities.