Bob Vila Radio: What’s the Difference Between Drywall and Plaster?

Anytime you're working on a construction project that deals with the walls you'll have to make a decision: drywall or plaster? Keep on reading or listen below to find out which building material will suit your needs and budget best.

Drywall and plaster both have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some points to keep in mind when deciding between the two.

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Difference Between Drywall And Plaster

Listen to BOB VILA ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRYWALL AND PLASTER or read below:

      

Installing plaster is more labor-intensive—and therefore more expensive—than drywall. If you’re doing the work yourself, you may want to choose drywall…or make sure the plasterer you use has solid references.

Plaster is harder and more brittle than drywall, so hanging pictures and mirrors can be a challenge.
Since plaster is more dense than drywall it blocks sound better. However, drywall, coupled with today’s modern insulation, can do just as good a job. And drywall plus insulation offers much better thermal capabilities than plaster alone.

There’s no denying, though, that plaster has a higher-end look. It can be applied with a smooth, glossy surface, or with a textured stucco-like finish.

And if you’ve got curved walls, don’t even try to bend drywall. Plaster is the way to go.

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