Gyprock vs Plasterglass Ceilings

The differences between gyprock and plaster glass are so many and yet so few! Yet, the major differences may be enough to have you choosing one option over the other rather quickly.

Let’s get started with some of the differences between gyprock and plaster glass…

Gyprock Ceiling Repairs

Gyprock or Plasterboard ceilings are usually found in newer homes. Click below for more information on repairs.

Plaster Glass Ceiling Fixes

Plaster Glass ceilings are usually found in older homes. If your ceiling needs repairs, please click the link below.

The Actual Material

Gyprock: Gypsum, which is a compacted calcium sulfate dihydrate that is encased and then sealed with a liner paper that is heavy duty. This type of ceiling can also be referred to as dry wall, gypsum board, or plasterboard.

Plaster glass: Plaster which is reinforced by either horsehair, copra fibre, or hemp. This ceiling type is also referred to as solid plaster.

Thickness and Weight

Gyprock: The thickness of gyprock can be 8, 10, or 13 millimeters and will weigh either 8.3mg/m2 or 12kg/m2.

Plaster glass: The thickness of plaster glass is usually 10 or 12.5 millimeters and weighs a lot more than gyprock. The weight is dependent on many different variables.

Installation Guidelines

Gyprock: Gyprock can be installed to masonry, steel frames, and timber frames.

Plaster glass: Plaster glass can be installed to a timber roof frame.

Fixing Methods

Gyprock: This material is basically adhered in intervals between the Gypsum sheet and the joists.

Plaster glass: Plaster glass is held in place by sturdy hessian straps, which are then placed over all the timber joists.

Lifespan

Gyprock: Gyprock usually lasts between 25 and 30 years if you maintain it properly.

Plaster glass: Plaster glass will last more than 50 years if you maintain it properly.

Common Issues

Gyprock: Gyprock can have cracks along the joints over time and there can be sagging.

Plaster glass: Creases on the surface and sagging of the ceiling are the two most common issues with plaster glass.

Cost

Gyprock: Gyprock is very affordable.

Plaster glass: Plaster glass is very expensive to install, but worth every penny with the details and character it provides.

Pros and Cons

Gyprock: Gyprock is cheap and easy to install. However, many issues can arise if it is not installed properly. It also absorbs moisture, which can cause even more issues in the future.

Plaster glass: Plaster glass ceilings last much longer once they are installed. They also add detail, character, and acoustic benefits to a room. The downsides to this material are that it is expensive to install and dirt can be absorbed by the ceiling near the top, which can make it look dirty over time.

Here at RCI Perth, we have experience with both gyprock and plasterglass ceilings, please contact us for more information and how we can get started on your next ceiling repair project.

Gyprock Ceiling Repairs

Gyprock or Plasterboard ceilings are usually found in newer homes. Click below for more information on repairs.

Plaster Glass Ceiling Fixes

Plaster Glass ceilings are usually found in older homes. If your ceiling needs repairs, please click the link below.

For all Roofing, Ceiling, and Insulation enquiries, please contact RCI Perth on 0405 911 287 or click here to arrange a free quotation.