Dry Lining

What is Dry Lining? Dry lining is broadly defined as the 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. 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.

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, thus creating great flexibility in a structure's foundational 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 insulations 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.

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.

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Dry Lining Grants

Under SEAI's Better Energy Homes Scheme grants are avialable for Dry Lining, €1200 for an apartment or mid terrace house, €1800 for a semi detached or end of terrace house and €2400 for a detached home and a further €50 towards a BER. As registered SEAI contractors we can apply for these grants on your behalf. For more information visit our grants page.

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