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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Harris

6 Reasons You Should Use Dry Lining

Sometimes, time and budget constraints will leave you looking for high-quality alternatives to traditional plastering when you’re working on a renovation, refurbishment or new build. Dry lining allows you to deliver a top-quality finished project for a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time traditional plastering techniques would have taken. Dry Lining has more benefits than simply saving time and money, though; we explore six more reasons to explore dry lining in today’s blog.

1. Insulation boost

Dry lining improves the insulation for the room or rooms you use it in, as a small gap is created between the plasterboard and the wall. To optimise insulation, this can be filled with an insulating material, limiting heat loss and energy usage in the winter, and keeping cool air inside in the summer.

2. Specialist applications

Dry lining can be adapted to work harder for the specific use of almost any room. For example, you might opt for acoustic panels to dampen down noise in a nursery or home office, creating a quieter, calmer environment. In the kitchen, you could choose boards backed with foil to prevent odours travelling into the rest of the property, fire board to keep your home secure, or aqua board for your bathroom.

3. Decoration-ready

Whereas the surface of traditional plastering depends on the skill of the plasterer, dry lining guarantees a smooth, paint-ready surface everytime. Joints between the boards and screw heads are filled and taped, and the boards themselves will be sanded and very lightly skimmed. This leaves you ready to decorate the room however you want.

4. Clean aesthetic

The very nature of dry lining means you can hide wires, plumbing and any other important but less attractive infrastructure with minimal effort. You can even request panelling be added to provide easy access to different elements as necessary, while keeping the room looking neat and clean.

5. Reduced maintenance

Plaster boards do not crack or dry out in the same way that traditional plaster can, so you don’t need to factor redecoration or maintenance into your budget in the same way you would with traditional plastering. It’s also a lot less heavy than normal plaster, meaning you can avoid potential structural problems, too.

6. Adaptability

Whether you’re hoping to stay in and remodel the same house over the coming decades, or you just have a spare room that might need to alter its purpose, removing plaster from a wall and starting again is expensive and labour-intensive. Dry lining, on the other hand, is simple and straightforward to remove, and can be reshaped and reused, making it ultimately more flexible and better for the environment, and your wallet.

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