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There are many different types of plasterboard boards, each with their own specific uses. The most common type is the standard board which is used for internal walls and ceilings. It's also available in a variety of thicknesses depending on what you require it for.

Other types include fireline, moisture-resistant and sound-proofing board. Brooks offer standard plasterboard, fireline plasterboard, moisture plasterboard, Soundbloc plasterboard and duplex plasterboard.

1. What is plasterboard

Plasterboard is a type of board that is made out of gypsum and paper. The paper may vary in weight and strength to give it different properties.

2. How can I use it in my home construction project?

Plasterboard can be used in a variety of projects, including:

  • Partitions and ceiling lining in offices and retail properties.
  • Ceiling and wall finishing in domestic homes.
  • Soundproofing in homes and buildings.
  • Fire lining for roofs and floors.
  • Waterproofing for bathrooms and other areas likely to be exposed to moisture.

3. What are the advantages of using plasterboard over other materials for building a house?

Plasterboard has many advantages, including:

It is easy and economical to install.

It is available in a large variety of weights and thicknesses to suit different applications.

Available as standard board or fireline board which offers protection against fire.

Flexible sizing options - you can simply cut it down to size.

It is a lightweight material so you can cut and move it easily.

4. Why should I choose to buy plasterboard from Brooks?

At Brooks, the plasterboard we sell is a high quality product which has been tested in accordance with British and European standards, so it can be used confidently in a host of applications.

You can choose from a variety of types including standand board for internal partitions and ceilings, moisture resistant for bathroom walls, soundbloc board for noise control, fireline boards for fire protection and insulated boards for a combination of both plasterboard and insulation in the same board.

Brooks offer a number of additional services to ensure you get the best from our plasterboard including installation advice, delivery options and more. So why not take advantage of our expertise today?

If you need advice on complimentary products, including plasters, fixings and adhesives please contact our customer service team.

If you are interested in placing a bulk order, please talk to a member of staff about ways to save.

5. What are the different types of plasterboards available to me?

There are several different types of plasterboard available, each with its own unique properties and advantages including:

Standard board

This is a lightweight board which can be installed easily and quickly. It is commonly used for internal partitions and ceilings to offer a cheap and effective solution for living spaces. Available in thicknesses from 9mm-50mm.

Fireline board

This is a type of plasterboard designed to offer protection against fire, so it is perfect for installation at high-risk areas such as around boilers and in bathrooms. The board will not cause any damage if exposed to heat or flame. Available in thicknesses up to 25mm.

Moisture resistant board

This type of plasterboard is the perfect solution for bathrooms and other areas exposed to high levels of moisture. The back of the board has a high performance waterproof coating which creates an effective barrier to prevent damage from moisture, without detracting from its ability to provide good acoustic properties. Available in thicknesses up to 25mm.

Soundbloc board

This type of plasterboard is specifically designed to provide high acoustic properties, so it is perfect for soundproofing rooms. The back of the board has a special waterproof coating which offers effective protection against damage from moisture without affecting its ability to absorb noise. Available in thicknesses up to 25mm.

Duplex board

The distinctive feature of this board is the use of a thin foil backing to give excellent vapour resistance. The foil barrier promotes moisture diffusion and damp spread inhibition, making it appropriate for roofs, decks, and walls.

6. How do I know which type of board will work best for my needs, based on budget and application ?

The type of board you buy will be determined by how it is used, where it is installed and budget. Standard board offers a cheap solution for internal partitions and ceilings which are not exposed to water or moisture from condensation. Moisture resistant board provides a perfect solution for high moisture areas such as bathrooms. Soundbloc boards offer goodt soundproofing properties and duplex boards offer a good balance of cost, durability and acoustic qualities.

If you need advice on the most appropriate type of board for your needs, please contact a member of our team.

7. Who can I talk to about placing a bulk order?

You can speak to one of our specialist sales team about bulk ordering as they have experience in working with customers who need large quantities of certain boards or other products. We can help you to organise delivery and ensure you get the best deals on large orders.

8. Do you offer installation advice?

We do indeed. In addition, we can advise on complementary products, like plasterboard fixings and adhesives which will make installation that much easier. Our advice is based on years of experience selling plasterboard for a wide range of purposes so our recommendations are always informed and reliable.

9. Where can I buy this product online or near me so that I don't have to drive around looking for it?

Brooks supply a huge range of products for both builders and homeowners, so we can deliver directly to your home or work. Our website offers a good selection of the most popular items but as it grows you'll find an increasing number of new products making it easier to search for exactly what you need.

Most of our plasterboard is listed on our website along with a range of complementary products, but if there is a specific type of board you need but can't see it listed on our website, please contact one of our team as we might have it available in one of our branches. For example, we stock 3m boards, half boards etc but don't currently have them listed on the website.

Plasterboard Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to plaster over plasterboard?

If an existing plaster wall is in good condition – smooth and without major cracks or chips – then you probably don't need to have it skimmed. If you've attached plasterboard, or drylining you have the choice of either painting or decorating straight onto the board, or finishing with a layer of skim plaster.

What is plasterboard vs drywall?

Drywall and plasterboard are both sheets of wall coverings. The terms are interchangeable most of the time.The terms are used differently in different parts of the world, with plasterboard being more commonly known as just that in Ireland, the UK & Australia, while drywall is the term used for this product in America. They consist of a wafer, or gypsum fibre sheet that is covered with paper on one side. The other side is not covered and has an exposed raw gypsum surface.

What is plasterboard used for?

Plasterboard is used for internal walls, ceilings and partitions. The covering is usually thin and has a paper or foil covering which can be painted or papered. This provides a good surface for home decoration and the wafer that is hidden protects the board from water damage.

What's the difference between plasterboard and gyprock?

Gyprock is a type of drywall and so it's manufactured with the same process as plasterboard, but there are two main differences. The first is that gyprock has a paper or cement face so it can be directly fixed to an existing wall without removing the existing surface like paint or wallpaper.

Is it cheaper to plasterboard or plaster?

This will depend on the situation. Plasterboard is more commonly used for decoration purposes because it can be covered with wallpaper or paint much easier than plaster, but professional plasterers are still widely used when decorating isn't an option.

Why is lime plaster no longer commonly used?

Lime plaster is no longer used because it takes an extremely long time to dry when compared to gypsum-based products. It is also not as strong when dry which means that repairs are more expensive. If you are in possession of a lime plaster wall with large cracks, it will need to be cut out and replaced with new material .

What do you fill plasterboard joints with?

Joints in plasterboard should be filled with either mesh or drywall compound. Both of these provide a durable surface for decoration and protect the wall from moisture damage.