What Types of Plasterboard Are There?

What Types of Plasterboard Are There?
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What Types of Plasterboard Are There?

Using different types of plasterboard in your home is a good way to improve the overall insulation offering. Some types of plasterboard for insulation have different edges depending on if you’ll need to plaster over the board or not.


Plasterboard with a tapered edge is best used for jointing and skimming, and plasterboard with a square edge is used when you’re looking for a textured finish. It’s important to decide on which type of edge your plasterboard will need before you choose the exact type of board to get.


Acoustic plasterboard

Also referred to as soundproof plasterboard, the benefits of acoustic plasterboard are clear, as it helps keep any outside sounds from entering the room, as well as working the other way too, to stop any unwanted noise from leaving the room. This means that your room can be a great place to relax without worrying about any issues with your neighbours or people in other rooms of your house.


Dampening sound and minimising noise pollution by quieting airborne sounds and impact vibrations, this is a great option to use on your interior walls or ceilings.

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Moisture Resistant Plasterboard

As the name suggests, moisture resistant board combines the gypsum core of the plasterboard with a variety of different additives to enhance the board’s resistance to moisture and damp. It is often best used in areas where damp could be a bigger or recurring issue, such as in garages or loft conversions.


If you decide not to use moisture resistant plasterboard in moist areas then you will be increasing the risk of seeing damp, mould, and rot as time goes on.

Fire Resistant Plasterboard

Once again this does exactly what you would expect, as fire resistant plasterboard helps protect against the possibilities of fire more than other types of plasterboard. Additives mix with the gypsum core once again to enhance the fireproof capabilities of the boards.


It can be used successfully in dry lining interior walls and ceilings and is often best used in areas of the home that need extra fireproofing.

Impact Resistant Plasterboard

Often with a higher density than other types of board, the main benefits of impact resistant plasterboard are that it reduces any potential damage caused by impact, vibrations and scuffs. The purpose is to increase the toughness and durability of the area you’re placing the board in.

Foil Backed Plasterboard

Providing superb vapour resistance, foil backed plasterboard acts as a barrier that helps limit moisture from building up and prevents damp from causing an issue in your home. Using a thin foil backing, this type of board is ideal for using in roofs, decks, and walls.

Standard Plasterboard

The basic type of board, standard plasterboard can be used for a number of purposes such as dry lining walls, ceilings and roofs. The main positive of this type of board is its versatility, and it can be installed in single or multiple layers and fitted to any shape or size.


When looking to fix plasterboard to various areas of your home, you can also follow our guide on how to fix and install plasterboard too.

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