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The Difference Between Plaster and Drywall

When it all comes down to the comfort and appearance of our homes we are all striving to achieve the optimum results in order to be satisfied with our living space. Our home is our hideout our piece of the earth and the place where we are supposed to feel at peace and safe.

All of the work and investment we put into our homes is carefully being calculated and planned before any action is being taken. Sadly most of us can’t afford any mistakes. For some of us, renovation work is just too costly and some just can’t endure the stress of living in the hassle of a builder work.

Those factors are pointing us as homeowners to the drawing board and with a calculator placed nearby, we start to plan and calculate expenses, time and possible results. Today we are going to talk about one of those key decisions you will probably going to tackle on a planning session for the new look of your premises. And that is none other than choosing the correct finish on the walls for your taste, and for “well being” of your property. Which is definitely going to open the conversation about plastering walls versus drywall hanging. Without further adieu let us proceed.

Choosing between Plaster and Drywall

We will now point out a couple of advantages and, of course, disadvantages of each material. We will give you some pointers and things which to take in mind in order to be able to make the right decision for you. Remember, there is now “wrong” choice there is just the right choice for you.

Advantages and disadvantages of Drywall

Handyman measuring while hanging drywall on ceiling.

Let us begin with the advantages of this wall finish technique. First of all, finishing your walls with drywall sheets will probably take less working hours and it will leave a slightly smaller mess to clean up afterward. The sheets are being nailed or screwed on a construction made for that purpose.(NOTE: If the walls are straight drywall could be simply "glued" on top of the walls.) It usually leaves a gap between your actual wall and drywall. This gap, however, is the perfect place to add some isolation and improve the energy efficiency of your home. Drywall is thinner than plastered walls, so it will provide less of a sound isolation. You choose which is more important to you at the moment. The process of hanging drywall is well familiar to the contractors. Professionals will execute the task in a shorter time period than applying plaster, so it will leave you with a smaller builder bill. As any other material, drywall has its downsides as well. One of the cons of the material is the little details that need attention, in order for the construction to be flat and outstand in time. We are going to put out a whole article on the little things about drywall and what to look out for when contractors are at your house. Another con is the above mentioned lack of sound isolation, however, if your property is well isolated from the outside, there is nothing for you to worry about. In the end, drywall is a common choice. It is easy to be penetrated by accident, but it is easy to repair as well. (NOTE: Drywall will need a finishing layer of plaster on top of it, it is a bit different as a material, it is made specifically for finishing layers. You will paint on top of that layer.)

Advantages and disadvantages of Plaster

Handyman applying plaster on internal wall

Plastering a wall is not a DIY task. Let us begin with that! Re-plastering a wall after a failed DIYer is even harder! So, please if you are going to attend plastering your walls try it out on top of a small area, perhaps somewhere outside where you can’t see it. Check your personal results, scale the work and make your decision but know that plastering jobs after you, will cost you more. And it will need the removal of your layer of plaster, which will not only slow down the process but it also makes a huge mess. So that is probably a major con if you plan to do your renovation work entirely on your own. On the other hand, plaster has a much more solid structure it endures much longer in time, it has an adhesive structure so in case you have mold problems it will be easier for you to get rid of it. As we mentioned, plaster has better sound isolation so it will be a perfect choice for people living in apartments. Last but not least, plaster is just one big layer on top your wall, there are no connection points between its layers, unlike the drywall. This fact leads to another one, it has less chance to show any cracks in near future. With drywall, especially done by unskilled hands, that is definitely not the case! (NOTE: Plaster also gives the opportunity of interesting finishes that bring uniques feel to the touch or look of your walls.)

Winner of the match Plaster vs Drywall

The winner should be you! Make an informed choice. Read our article, read a couple of other articles, go out asks about skilled plasters or drywallers in your area. Compare prices, compare end results and make the choice that will leave YOU happy with it. No one can state that one of the materials is simply better than the other. It could be, but only in particular cases and client needs. That is the reason for both techniques of finishing walls to exist because people need them both. All you need to do is to check your parameters. See if your home is isolated well from the outside, the condition of your walls can also level the scales in one way or another. Don’t hesitate to ask professionals like us about opinions and estimates. We at Handyman Express provide on site visits and quotes, so if you are living in London and you need our help, we will be excited to take on the challenge!