Which is Best? Dry Lining vs Plaster

When you’re decorating a room it can feel like there’s a million decisions to be made. Carpet or tiles? Wallpaper or paint? Curtains or blinds? Dry lining or plaster? The dry lining vs plaster debate is one we have regularly with our customers. We always take the time to lay out the pros and cons on each side, so they can make an informed decision.

In this blog, we’re going to go through the options if you’re looking to reline your interior wall. Hopefully, it’ll give you the information you need. If you have any questions though, you can always get in touch with the Logic Plastering team.

Using Dry Lining for Internal Walls

Dry lining has been around since the 1940s and it’s a method of creating a smooth, paint-ready surface, fast. Ready-made boards can be cut to size and then attached to the wall using masonry adhesive, or studs. Once in place, the screw holes are filled and the joints taped to leave a smooth finish that can be painted or wall-papered immediately.

The advantage of the dry lining approach is the speed and efficiency of its installation. There’s no wet materials, very little mess, and you don’t have to wait around for the plaster to dry. Having said that, the finish isn’t isn’t as smooth as plaster, nor does it provide as good a ‘seal’ for the room as more traditional methods.

Getting Plastered!

Any professional plasterer, who’s painstakingly learnt the skills involved, will tell you a plaster finish is the best. This traditional method has been used for centuries; plaster provides a long-lasting, good-looking surface for your walls. It’s designed to insulate rooms against the cold, damp and noise. Finally, no matter how awkward or quirky your architecture, a skilled plasterer won’t have a problem.

The advantages of plastering your walls comes down to the quality of the materials, the look of the results and the durability of the workmanship. But it’s not the method to choose if you’re in a hurry. Plaster has to be mixed, applied, allowed to dry, then mixed again and applied before the final phase of drying. Plastering a room from scratch will take days rather than hours.

Dry Lining vs Plaster – The Winner Is …

Ah, that would be too easy. Truth is, it all depends on what you need and the time you have at your disposal. If you’re working to a deadline, and you’re on a limited budget, dry lining will provide a good quality solution. If, however, you’re taking your time on a renovation or refurbishment that you want to last you for years, plastering is certainly well worth the extra time – and budget.

Logic Plastering Provides Skills and Experience

We’re a Bedfordshire-based business that’s been providing high quality plastering finishes for over a decade now. Every plasterer on the team has the skills and experience to offer either wet plastering, or dry lining. We’re happy to talk through all the alternatives with our clients, and we always provide a FREE no obligation quote on every job.

Wondering which is best, dry lining vs plaster? Logic Plastering considers the pros and cons of both so that our customers are able to make an informed decision – call 07809 228328