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Dry Lining

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What is dry lining?

Dry lining is broadly defined according to its use of plasterboard on timber or metal frames. As opposed to conventional brick or block built with lath and plaster (“wet trade”), dry lining is essentially dry. Strictly speaking, dry lining is the use of plasterboard to substitute for cement, sand or wet plaster, although the term is quite loosely used to refer to internal fit as well.

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What are the advantages of dry lining?

The quick and easy installation is the main advantage gained from using dry lining. The water loading is also lower imposed on buildings when dry lining is used. Dry lining is lightweight, thus creating great flexibility in a structure’s foundational requirements, design changes, future expansion and periodic internal alterations. This flexibility plays a key role in determining the shapes of upper floors in more modern constructions, where heavy weight from bricks and blocks could cause more harm than good.
More benefits

Dry lining also provides more flexibility in the choice of insulations materials. If you use a timber frame, dry lining is the most preferred method. The board systems used are pre-finished, thus requiring less labor during installation. It even makes room for a self-builder to save on the overall cost of building.

For long term safety from dampening, dry lining can be used to insulate the walls. The procedure includes either fixing timber to the walls, fitting insulation between the battens and fixing and decorating the plasterboard, or placing plaster dabs on the walls and pushing plasterboard on to them.

What are the disadvantages of dry lining?

Like with all design concepts and materials, dry lining has some limitations too. These limitations can effectively be counted as disadvantages of the method.

Dry lining is often considered as not equal to brick work. Since brick houses have more substance, dry lining may seem to be less than good enough to some people who are more traditional. Additionally, a dry lined structure can’t hold a tall building, which limits construction to two or three stories. Plasterboard is not sufficiently impact resistant, and requires a plaster skim to overcome this disadvantage.

Poor sound insulation is another problem with dry lining. Wet environments will wreck havoc on plasterboard, which limits the capabilities of dry lining to essentially dry environments.

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