The Benefits of Dry-Lining Brick Walls
- March 19, 2015
- Posted by: gary rooney
- Category: Construction, Dry-Lining
In short, dry-lining is the application of plasterboard directly to the internal brick (or block) walls.
The plasterboard is fixed using mortar based glue applied with a recently developed applicator.
There is no nail or screw holes which means the only finishing is at the recessed edge joints,
The joints are the same as those found in almost all ceilings.This system can be used in new construction or to hide old and tired looking brickwork.
The dry-lining can be carried out at the same time as the ceilings so apart from the increased speed of application (when compared with float and set) the walls and ceilings would be completed at the same time and there would be no down time waiting for the trades to become available.
Anecdotal evidence clearly indicates that the occurrence of ‘cornice cracking’ is highly minimised if not eliminated when the dry-lining system is used. This is fundamentally due to the materials being joined at the cornice are not dissimilar as is the case with cornice over plaster set walls.
Improved Acoustic and Thermal Properties
As the plasterboard is set off the walls slightly an air gap is created (either side on internal walls) whichgreatly improves the thermal and acoustic qualities of the structure. In addition the board is set up off the floor which allows the wall to continually breathe.
As the plasterboard is being placed on the brick or blockwork the peace of mind that goes with the ‘Double brick’ home is maintained.
The plasterboard is manufactured in a controlled environment and is extremely consistent in respect to surface finish and straightness so the finished product reflects those properties – the walls are generally straighter and do not show minor imperfections that is often the case with hand trowelled plaster walls.
Minimise Introduction of Moisture and Waste
There is almost no water used in the application of the plasterboard (only used in the glue and the jointing products) as such there is no moisture introduced to the home. In addition as there is no sand / cement / lime etc. required the only waste is the off cuts of the plasterboard which is far easier to manage than excess sand and render tailings. The fact that little or no moisture is introduced to the walls means that painting can be commenced almost immediately. Plastered walls often require several months to dry sufficiently before painting can commence.
Smooth Straight Finish to Window Reveals
The finish inside window (and aluminium sliding doors) reveals is achieved by fixing plasterboard and an external metal angle trim piece around the window which is then flushed to the plasterboard.The result is a straight smooth finish all-round the window which will not chip at the joint between the window frame and the trim.
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