Modern houses are brick shells with internal walls created from wooden frames and other materials, like plasterboard. The frames and boards are arranged to create rooms and partitions within a property and are much easier to install. They also provide a smooth easy to decorate finish that doesn’t need skimming (although some people choose to skim plasterboard for a glossy, clean, and level finish).
We here at J & H Lynch provide professional plaster-boarding services in the Oxford region. Our friendly team of highly skilled tradesmen offer bespoke solutions to any problem. We know Oxford homes and understand the needs of Oxford people and pride ourselves on the quality we provide.
If you’re building a new property or renovating your current home, give us a call to see how affordable our services are. And remember, for the best plaster-boarding in Oxford think J & H Lynch.
What is Plasterboarding?
Plasterboard is the most common material used for creating internal walls in the UK today. Plasterboard comes in large sheets that are fitted over a wooden frame to separate properties into different areas (rooms). It can also be used in a similar fashion to create ceilings.
Plasterboard is in simple terms, an inner layer of gypsum sandwiched between two outer layers of lining paper. The gypsum and paper lining can be specially formulated to provide different properties, such as strength, insulation, or soundproofing. Weight may also vary depending on the quality and thickness of the plasterboard used.
Our experts at Lynch Brother Homes will undertake an extensive review of your needs and your home environment before recommending the best plasterboard for your property. They will create and fit a bespoke wooden frame (stud wall) for the plasterboard to fit onto and undertake any preparation work required to makes sure you get the best service possible.
Here are some of the different plasterboard types we work with:
- Plasterboards that give fire protection
- Plasterboards that provide soundproofing
- Plasterboards that provide various levels of insulation
- Perforated plasterboards for areas with sound reverberation issues
- Impact resistance plasterboards
- Moisture resistant plasterboard for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of high humidity
For a full guide on all the different types of plasterboard you can get, head over to diydoctor.org.uk.
What About the Gaps Between Boards?
Some people worry that walls and ceilings will be a patchwork of gaps, grooves, and nails if they have plasterboard installed. If you’re one of these people, stop. We offer a full taping and jointing service that creates a flush, smooth and completely seamless finish in all our installations.
If you want a super smooth and glossy finish, then we can skim the plasterboard. Speak to one of our experts for more details or head over to our skimming page for more information.
Can You Skim Plasterboard?
Yes, although it is not always necessary. It depends on how neat you want your walls and ceilings to look and whether you want a smooth glossy finish or a rough matte look. All our plasterboard solutions are finished to the highest standard and are ready to decorate as soon as they are installed. Many customers choose to have the plasterboard skimmed to create a smoother, glossier finish that is easier to decorate.
If you’re unsure whether skimming is required on your plasterboard walls, give us a call for free, impartial advice.
How Do You Skim Over Plasterboard?
Before our experts’ skim your plasterboard, they will ensure that all joints and nails, screws, etc. are level, covered, and if necessary filled. This ensures that the wall appears continuous and even with no gaps between boards. A thin layer of skimming material is then applied to the wall to create a smooth glossy finish that looks amazing and is ready to decorate. For details of our skimming services head over to our skimming page.
Does Plaster Board Provide Good Heat Insulation?
Generally speaking, plasterboard on its own is not a good insulator. You can buy specific plasterboard that employs various thermal insulation techniques, but the best course of action for preventing heat loss is to have insulation material (like thermal insulating board) installed behind the plasterboard in the stud cavity.
Our plaster-boarding specialists will discuss any insulation issues before work is undertaken and will provide you with a solution that fits your needs. If insulation material is to be used, they will install it along with the plasterboard to ensure your home stays warm and cosy for many years to come. For a complete guide to insulating stud walls head over to homelogic.co.uk.
What About Soundproofing?
Airborne and impact noise can be a problem in many homes. Listening to your child playing his guitar is great for a few minutes but can become grating after the tenth hour, especially if this happens to be at a time when you are trying to relax.
Plasterboard walls on their own do not offer great soundproofing qualities but there are a few tricks that our experts can employ to ensure sounds are not easily transmitted.
- Decouple the stud wall – If sound is a problem in your property or you expect it to be one once plasterboard walls are installed, our experts can look at decoupling the stud wall frame. What this means is that instead of both sides of the wall attaching to the same wooden batons (think like a sandwich with the plasterboard on each side and the wood in between) each side will attach to their own wooden frame (in essence creating two independent frames). This allows the boards to vibrate independently and act as a buffer for each other.
- Use plasterboard with a high level of soundproofing built-in – some plasterboards are designed to prevent sound travelling. Our experts will discuss the type of plasterboards that can be used before commencing any work.
- Insulate the wall cavity – Another soundproofing option we offer is cavity insulation. The gap underneath the plasterboard between the wooden stud frame can be filled with insulation board or soundproofing material. This creates more mass for sound to travel through.
Plaster-boarding in Oxford: Why You Should Use J & H Lynch
There are many companies offering plaster-boarding and preparation services in the UK. But if you live in the Oxford region there’s only one name you need to remember – J & H Lynch.
We offer a wide range of domestic and commercial plaster-boarding solutions that are tailored to your needs. All our experts are qualified, skilled, and fully-trained to ensure our installations are second to none.
The next time you need plaster boarding services in Oxford, give us a call or leave us a message on our contact us page. You won’t be disappointed.