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Understanding Plasterboard and Gyprock for Home Improvement

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Do plasterboard and gyprock differ significantly from each other? Not exactly, except in the name! The thing is, gyprock is also called gypsum board, drywall, or plasterboard.


Plasterboard is manufactured with a paper backing and gypsum plaster filling sandwiched between two sheets of paper. The paper is coated with waterproof glue to protect it from the moisture that invariably seeps in, and the surfaces are layered with paint or varnish so that they can be used indoors and out. 


They are also coated on the back with a material that prevents them from sticking to wires and pipes, so they can be used to insulate walls. 


Unlike conventional plaster—a mixture of lime, cement, and sand that makes it harder and more brittle—gyprock is quicker and cheaper to install and usable for many years since conventional plaster’s premium traits also necessitate higher costs. Nowadays, most people choose gypsum boards for their homes: this alternative material is easy to handle and saves money in the long term.


How Gyprock Came to Existence


Believe it or not, this particular kind of plasterboard began as an innovation of lime, sand, animal hair, and animal components used for creating smooth interior finishes on ancient walls and ceilings! Ancient Egyptian tombs feature paintings on the plastered walls, just as the Romans did in their buildings. Australian homes featured timber nailed across the frame and then covered in plaster as protection against the elements until the 1940s!


However, as early as the late 1800s, a new material— now commonly known as ‘plasterboard’—was invented. It comprised multiple layers of gypsum applied to thick paper. As improvements to the product were made, it became lighter and more durable. By the 1920s, the ‘plasterboard’ used in homes had become very popular because it allowed faster construction time.


Rectified sheets of plasterboard are now widespread and are used in a wide variety of locations. Besides use in residential settings, they are also used in offices and retail stores as wall coverings and ceilings and agricultural environments such as dairy sheds, silos, and horse stables.


Pertinent Gyprock Information


Aside from being low-cost (costing only a third of regular plasterboard), gyprock is also:


  • Easily installed.
  • Quickly repaired, which is why it is the preferred choice for minor repairs.
  • Sustainable through recycling.


More specifically, gyprock is a brand of plasterboards that are the building materials used to create walls, ceilings, and other surfaces in houses and buildings. Gyprock plasterboard consists of a core made from gypsum, a mineral that helps absorb water, and a paper-like facing that contains adhesive. 


The facing, or canvas, helps the plasterboard resist water damage while supporting the structure of the gypsum core. Gyprock plasterboard is typically flush to the wall, creating a smooth surface that can be painted over.


When it comes to maintenance, gyprock must be kept dry and protected from moisture throughout their lifetime. Inspecting them for cracks, impacts, or other damage (at least once per year) will help ensure that they continue to work as intended.




If you’re looking for construction material similar to plasterboard but costs less and gets the job done anyways, get gyprock in Brisbane from We Plaster & Recruit! We handle contracting tasks and hiring, so you get the right people for the job. Call us now at 0481-416-120 or request a quote from our website today!

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