How to Choose Between Dry Lining and Plaster
For centuries wet plaster work has been the traditional finish for internal walls. It gives a smooth finish, as well as providing heat insulation and noise reduction. Plastering technique involves the use of wet materials which harden when they dry. By contrast, dry lining uses plasterboard, which is cut to the shape of the wall, and then attached, to create a paint-ready surface. So, dry lining or plastering, which is best?
In this article the Logic Plastering team looks at both applications, considers the benefits of each, and offers a guide for choosing between the two.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Plaster
A trained plasterer is most likely to tell you that plastering is their preferred option. The traditional approach offers a beautifully smooth finish, that just can’t be matched by plasterboard. Not only that, but a professionally plastered wall or ceiling will last for decades and is exceptionally resistant to surface degradation.
Advantages of Plastering
- Excellent finish.
- Excellent durability.
- Non-standard and standard spaces can be plastered.
- Plaster seals your rooms, which retains warmth, and resists damp.
Disadvantages of Plastering
- Wet plaster should be applied by a trained professional.
- A plastered wall will take 4-6 weeks to dry completely.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Dry Lining
Dry lining was developed in order to increase productivity in construction. Instead of layering wet plaster, therefore, plasterboard is cut to size and attached to the wall or ceiling. No more waiting for over a month to be able to paint, with dry-lining you simply attach the boards, fill the joints and screw holes, and skim the surface.
Advantages of Dry Lining
- Very good finish.
- Good durability.
- Dry lining isn’t good for non-standard spaces, as boards will need to be hand-cut.
- Insulated dry lining can be fitted.
- Fast and efficient construction – in 3 days your walls are paint ready.
Disadvantages of Dry Lining
- Taping and jointing to achieve a flat surface are best done by a professional.
- Boards may need skilled hand cutting.
Dry Lining or Plastering, Which is Best?
If you have time on your side, and you are willing to invest in the traditional skills of a professional plasterer, you will be guaranteed superb results. Or, if you are renovating a period property with non-standard features, a plasterer will offer the best value for money.
If, however, convenience is what’s driving your project, we would certainly recommend employing a dry liner. The range of dry lining materials that are now available means that you can use this method for any room in the house, with peace of mind regarding heat retention and weatherproofing.
DIY or Professional?
A professional plasterer will cost you more in the short term, but their work is guaranteed to be durable. Whereas a plastered or dry lined wall that goes wrong during its construction could end up costing you a whole lot more in the long run. For specialist jobs, such as plastering over artex, you definitely need a professional.
Working With Logic Plastering
The Logic Plastering team comprises trained and experienced plasterers who are adept at applying traditional plasterwork and dry lining. We take pride in a perfectly finished job, whichever method is chosen, and we can guarantee great workmanship every time. If you have an interior wall that needs plastering, we’ll be happy to give you a free no obligation quote on the work, and if you’re uncertain whether dry lining or plastering is best, we can advise.