5 Questions about plasterboard Making use of plasterboard for walling and partitions in new houses and developments has become a very popular and cost-effective alternative to using brick and mortar in the last decade.


Where tradesmen in Perth are well aware of the do’s and don’ts when constructing with plasterboard, there are a lot of DIY enthusiasts that have questions when considering it as part of their renovations or upgrades in and around the house.


We look at the 5 most asked questions and shed some light on it.


1: Can I paint straight on to plasterboard?


A large quantity of houses and homes these days are not plastered internally. Stud partition walls, and often the inner faces of the outside walls are lined with plasterboard, but this is not skimmed with plaster. The paper surface of the plasterboard is the only finish.


You can use a primer before applying paint or apply your paint of choice or wallpaper directly to it.


2: Can I put tiles on plasterboard?


Yes, you can. If you are using plasterboard in your bathroom or kitchen you should first waterproof the areas before tiling.


When plasterboard is exposed to moisture it can absorb the moisture, weaken and cause damage to the surface. If you are looking for water resistant plasterboard you can view our products using this link: Water Resitant Plasterboard.


3: In plasterboard considered a combustible material?


Plasterboard is officially a combustible material. If you are looking for plasterboard in Western Australia then you will be looking for a product range that is manufactured according to AS288 standards.


Fire rated plasterboard is a fire and acoustic plasterboard with a fibre reinforced core for use in fire rated walling and ceiling applications. Typically used in commercial applications, it not only offers fire resistance, but also great acoustic performance. If you are looking for fire rated plasterboard you can view our products using this link: Fire Rated Plasterboard.


4: Is drywall and plasterboard the same thing?


Yes. In Australia it is commonly known as plasterboard. Internationally it is more commonly known as drywall.


5: What kind of plasterboard can I use in the bathroom?


You will need a hard and durable plasterboard that is moisture- and mold-resistant, and won't rot, disintegrate or swell when exposed to water. As noted in the answer to question 2, there are specific water-resistant ranges available that are suited for use in areas that might be exposed to moisture.