Plaster vs. Drywall: What’s the Difference?

Both drywall and plasterboard are used to construct walls or ceilings and are crucial when building or remodeling any kind of property. These boards not only allow for insulation but add a layer of protection between your home or building and the outside world. Without plaster or drywall, your property may be exposed to a number of elements, including moisture, pests, and more.

As with most things, there are pros and cons to both. Drywall is usually made from a type of durable material like plywood, wood pulp, and gypsum. It’s usually cheaper to install, makes hanging frames and other objects easier, and is better for thermal installation. Plasterboard, on the other hand, consists of wood lath covered by layers of plaster. It tends to be more fire-resistant than drywall and also more soundproof. Additionally, because it’s easy to contour, it’s best for curved walls or ceilings.

Why is Repairing Drywall and Plasterboard Important?

Drywall can become damaged for a number of reasons, including water damage, foundational problems, and trauma to the wall. Even if it’s a small crack or hole, it may be tempting to leave it as is, but not repairing it can lead to major consequences. Openings in drywall allow for outdoor elements, pests, and more to creep inside, creating more damage than just a crack in your wall.

Can I Repair or Install Drywall or Plasterboard Myself?

While it’s possible to install or repair drywall or plasterboard yourself, doing so incorrectly can cause damage and headaches down the road. In order to ensure your drywall is safe and long-lasting, it’s best to have a professional install or repair your drywall.

How We Can Help

At AH Painting, we have over 17 years of experience with painting and drywall or plasterboard installation and repairs. We’ll handle the installation from start to finish and will complete repairs by patching, sanding, and priming before painting to ensure a polished look. Ready to learn more? Contact us today at (508) 369-4039 or schedule an estimate here.