What is dry lining?
Dry lining is broadly defined according to its use of plasterboard on timber or metal frames. As opposed to conventional brick or block built with lath and plaster (“wet trade”), dry lining is essentially dry. Strictly speaking, dry lining is the use of plasterboard to substitute for cement, sand or wet plaster, although the term is quite loosely used to refer to internal fit as well.
Dry lining internal walls is an effective way to insulate your home. Our team at O’Hanlon Insulation are experts at installing dry lining homes and businesses throughout Monaghan and Cavan. This method of wall insulation is a great way to make long-term savings and reducing heat loss of your home. A dwelling that has had dry lining installed can see heating bills reduced by up to 30%. Walls have the greatest exposure to the elements and in order to save on fuel bills our team can dry line your home and business with minimum fuss and disruption in the quickest time possible.
What are the advantages of dry lining?
The quick and easy installation is the main advantage gained from using dry lining. The water loading is also lower imposed on buildings when dry lining is used.
Dry lining is lightweight creating great flexibility in a structure’s foundation requirements, design changes, future expansion and periodic internal alterations. This flexibility plays a key role in determining the shapes of upper floors in more modern constructions, where heavy weight from bricks and blocks could cause more harm than good.
- Dry lining also provides more flexibility in the choice of insulation materials.
- If you use a timber frame, dry lining is the most preferred method.
- The board systems used are pre-finished, thus requiring less labor during installation.
- It even makes room for a self-builder to save on the overall cost of building.
- For long term safety from dampening, dry lining can be used to insulate the walls. The procedure includes either fixing timber to the walls, fitting insulation between the battens and fixing and decorating the plasterboard, or placing plaster dabs on the walls and pushing plasterboard on to them.
What are the disadvantages of dry lining?
Like with all design concepts and materials, dry lining has some limitations too. These limitations can effectively be counted as disadvantages of the method.
Dry lining is often considered as not equal to brick work. Since brick houses have more substance, dry lining may seem to be less than good enough to some people who are more traditional. Additionally, a dry lined structure can’t hold a tall building, which limits construction to two or three stories. Plasterboard is not sufficiently impact resistant, and requires a plaster skim to overcome this disadvantage.
Poor sound insulation is another problem with dry lining. Wet environments will wreck havoc on plasterboard, which limits the capabilities of dry lining to essentially dry environments.
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