When comparing the pros and cons of plaster walls vs drywalls it is important to consider what it is you are looking for in an end product. Here we will look at whether you are intending to install them yourself or get professional help, the cost of each and the quality when finished.
So which is easier to install D.I.Y? Firstly, plaster walls require specialist skills, making it a lot more of a physical challenge, there is a reason why it is considered a craft – you will need to know how to apply the plaster. This takes years of experience and expertise to master for professionals, so for D.I.Y amateurs, it would be quite a challenge to attempt. In comparison to this, drywall is not as complicated as plaster walls as it requires more tape and nails than skills, and the boards can be purchased in advance, it is generally the case that drywall installation can be completed in a much shorter amount of time. Be careful when carrying out the work on your own, since the complex nature of plastering completing the work yourself can lead to you requiring plaster repairs, which obviously adds to the overall cost.
There is a real difference in the cost, drywall being the significantly cheaper option, costing $1.50 per sq foot, and $40-$65 for each panel. This does not include installation costs and the cost will fluctuate depending on the size of your project. With plaster walls, a rough idea before labor cost would be $8-$16 per sq meter. Whilst applying new plaster to walls, price for a medium room could be around $950, but each project is different so call a professional Melbourne plasterer for a quote.
This is another big difference, many people would agree the finish of a plaster wall to be high-end. The texture of the wall and general aura of your home is different with a plaster finish. Plaster is also more durable, which is good for families if your children like to run around the place and literally bounce off the walls! The lack of insulation can be an issue for some when considering energy bills throughout the colder months, but this can be countered by the fact that it is a better sound proofed option of the two, since drywall is a much thinner option.
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Drywall has the extra inconvenience of dust ending up all over the place from sanding and finishing. However, plaster over time is susceptible to cracking, which requires a small bit of basic D.I.Y skills to maintain, this should also not be a problem for many years.
To conclude, if you are on a budget and don’t have a lot of money to spend, drywall is your best option, even for a smaller project like a partition wall. You can keep the costs down even further with a bit of D.I.Y efforts. If you are looking for quality and don’t mind spending a little more for expert help then plaster is the more sturdy and quality option.