Plasterboard is found in practically every home, office, or shop in Great Britain. Choosing the correct thickness of plasterboard is definitely one of the more important decisions that will have to be made before you actually go on to buy it.
Also, it is important to be aware of the local council’s building codes if you are designing a new building or planning on some renovation, as some laws will specify just how thick the plasterboard must be. The thinner panels are light and more flexible, but also easy to break, whereas the thicker types of plasterboard in Basildon are more suitable for areas such as walls and ceilings.
Plasterboard comes to us in a number of thicknesses with the 0.5-inch (12.7 mm) and 0.625-inch (15.9 mm) being the most favoured of the four. All thicknesses have their own exclusive application which is based on a number of factors. Let’s take a look at them all:
- 25-inch (6.35 mm)
Plasterboard that is 0.25-inch (6.35 mm) thick works out as the most economical. It is ready for use in 8-foot (2.4 m) and 10-foot (3.0 m) panels and weighs about 17 kg. It is commonly used for curved walls, and is also used to provide a new surface over plaster, also. Due to its thinness, these panels should be handled carefully as they can easily bend or whip, just like sheet metal, but the movement will cause it to break into pieces.
- 375-inch (9.52 mm)
If any plasterboard of 0.375-inch (9.52 mm) thickness is to be used, there are a number of factors to consider. It is accessible in different lengths: 8-foot (2.4 m), 9-foot (2.7 m), 10-foot (3.0 m), 12-foot (3.7 m), and 14-foot (4.3 m) and weighs around 20 kg for an 8-foot (2.4 m) panel. It is perfect for renovating partitions and is also popularly used for patching or fixing areas of plasterboard where it has fallen off or been removed.
- 5-inch (12.7 mm)
This is a popular thickness of plasterboard thicknesses, 0.5-inch (12.7 mm), comes in a range of different panel lengths: 8-foot (2.4 m), 9-foot (2.7 m), 10-foot (3.0 m), 12-foot (3.7 m), 14-foot (4.3 m), and 16-foot (4.9 m). It is often used for both a home’s walls and ceilings and is acknowledged as the standard for many residential homes and can also be utilised with both wood and steel frames.
- 625-inch (15.9 mm)
One other favoured thickness of plasterboard is 0.625-inch (15.9 mm), and this is most commonly found in commercial construction projects. There are various choices for panel lengths: 8-foot (2.4 m), 9-foot (2.7 m), 10-foot (3.0 m), 12-foot (3.7 m), and 14-foot (4.3 m).
It is also known as firewall plasterboard and can be installed on walls and ceilings. Due to it being so thick, it provides additional soundproofing qualities in busy buildings, and it is guaranteed not to sag.
All of the above are around you in different buildings everywhere, you just weren’t aware of the fact!