4 Tips for Airtight Plasterboard Installation

1 March 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

Are you planning to get rid of drafts in your home by installing plasterboard along the walls? Here are some tips that will help you to have an airtight installation of that plasterboard.

Buy Different Kinds of Plasterboard

Keep the wall measurements separate from those of the ceiling. Use this information to buy different kinds of plasterboard when you go to the hardware store. Buy the longest sheets available so that you limit the number of joints that you will have to make along the walls or ceiling. Joints create an opportunity for gaps to develop later on. The fewer the joints, the less the likelihood of air leaks through the plasterboard. Another tip that you should keep in mind is that you should buy ultra light plasterboard for the ceiling. This will reduce the weight that you will have to support as you work. Thus, you will be better able to concentrate on creating an airtight seal instead of being distracted by the heavy weight that you are supporting as you work.

Buy Flexible Caulk

It is not advisable to use caulk that hardens over time. This is because as caulk hardens and contracts gaps will develop. It is better to use flexible caulk since it will stretch with any structural changes to the walls or ceiling. For example, the flexible caulk will remain intact as the plasterboard settles. This will retain the airtight envelop that you created.

Use Latex Plasterboard Adhesives

It is advisable for you to buy latex plasterboard adhesive for your DIY project. Latex adhesive takes longer to start drying out once open. This can give you ample time to focus on doing a good job by making sure that boards are properly aligned before you apply the adhesive. Adhesives that dry out quickly can force you to hurry as you work. Such haste can result in making mistakes (such as applying layers of adhesive that are not uniform).

Know When to Deal with Junction Box Holes

Some people seal the junction box holes before the plasterboard is in place. This may be a wrong approach because you may damage the caulk as you use a saw or router to cut the plasterboard over the junction box frame. It is better to seal those holes once the plasterboard is in place.

The plasterboard that you wish to install will form an airtight envelope if you implement the tips above. Seek for additional tips from plasterboard suppliers in your area so that you ensure that the installation job is flawless.