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If you’re planning a redecoration project in your home, you’ll want the walls to be in good condition whether you’ll be painting or wallpapering over them. One question we’re often asked is whether new walls or walls in particularly poor condition should be plastered or dry lined. While either will give you a solid, durable and long-lasting wall covering, here are some of the factors you might want to take into account before making your final decision.

The Pros and Cons of Plastering and Dry Lining

Lath and plaster is very much the traditional way to construct a wall. First, your plasterers in Telford will attach wooden batons called lath to the stud, the vertical runs of wood that make up the wall. They then apply several coats of plaster to the structure to form a solid wall. With dry lining, though, solid pre-prepared large panels of gypsum plaster with a tough paper facing and backing are nailed or screwed to the studs.

As you may gather from those descriptions, it’s much faster to fit out a room with dry lining (also known as plasterboard or drywall) than it is to plaster it the traditional way. What’s more, plaster takes quite a while to dry, whereas dry lining is pretty much ready to decorate as soon as the final piece goes up.

Plastering is a highly skilled trade too, not easy for the DIYer to master at home, so you’ll almost certainly want to pay a professional to do it for you so you achieve a high-quality finish. Obviously, an expert will also be much quicker and neater at dry lining too. But the length of time plastering takes, plus the skill involved, means that this option could well work out more expensive for you than dry lining.

So why would you opt for plastering? One advantage of plaster is that it’s versatile. If you have an older house which is full of awkward corners, or you want curved cornices for your ceilings, for instance, plaster can achieve this where plasterboard – which comes in straight runs – cannot. Plaster runs in one continuous surface too, so tends to be more airtight than dryline boards. Plaster offers much better soundproofing than dry lining as well, which could be an important consideration for you. And finally, plaster, when done well, can be more stylish and can also be applied in either a smooth or textured finish.

Advantages of dry lining include the fact that it’s a better insulator than plaster. It’s also much easier to hang pictures on dry lined walls, without worrying about the cracks and holes you can get if you try to bang nails into plaster.

So Which To Choose?

Whether you opt for plaster or dry lining, you’ll get a quality finish from the experts here at A and D Plastering and Property Maintenance, so which you choose is very much a matter of personal taste, along with considerations like budget, timescales and the kinds of results you want to achieve. We’d be more than happy to advise on this or any other aspect of our services, which include the full range of internal and external plastering techniques, external colour rendering roof maintenance, fencing and more throughout the Shropshire area.

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