Plaster vs. drywall! If you throw them both in a boxing ring, there will be a cheering crowd for both competitors. When it comes to finishing walls, both drywall and plaster have their advocates. And that’s natural if you consider that both materials have their pros and cons.
To give you an idea:
• Drywall is built faster and can offer fire protection, sound insulation, and enough flexibility to install partitions and divide a space maximizing the utility of the room. And drywall installation is done quickly. But most drywalls are not water resistant and thus are susceptible to moisture unless you get drywall with fiberglass. But then again water damaged drywall should most likely need to be replaced.
• Plaster walls are thicker and so sound proof. They are also very durable. And so their life expectancy is measured in many decades. But they are more expensive and their installation requires more time than drywall.
So, how about plastering drywall to get the benefits of both materials and minimize their problems? With drywall plastering, you will save money by investing in the readily available and easily installed plasterboards and be sure of the material’s durability due to the plaster.
The benefits of plastering drywall?
• The surface becomes much stronger. This will make drywall resistant to impact and that’s important if you have children. With plaster covering drywall, the corners will be well protected and so will the tape and joints.
• Plaster over drywall will also enhance sound insulation and moisture resistance.
Why apply veneer plaster over drywall
Veneer plaster is an excellent way to cover the surface of drywall. It’s very hard and so it will not get dented or scratched. It will cover nicely the tapes and joints and will give the impression of a smooth surface. It will act as the best base for painting too. And your painting contractor can apply any color with ease. But some people also like the off-white looks of veneer plaster and don’t apply extra coating. That’s also an alternative solution that will save you some money.
Make sure the job is done right
But the application of veneer plaster will require a specific substratum, which is known as blueboard. It’s called like that due to its color. During drywall finishing, the tech must apply this waterproof coating first and then the veneer plaster. Now, you can paint over it or mix colors in the plaster to give the wall the finishing look you want.
In other words, the news from the construction industry is changing and quickly evolving. From plaster, we have moved to the installation of drywall and nowadays our options are broadened by combining new materials and mixing & matching methodologies to achieve the best for our walls. And what’s more important than spending less while still enjoying an appealing and durable wall without the disadvantages of either plaster or drywall! But since the materials used in existing drywalls might differ, it’s best to seek the assistance of your local drywall company.