In the old days, plaster used to be every home builder’s go to material for insulating walls and because of its durability, it still is widely used in a lot of construction projects. However, back in the day there weren’t any alternatives to plaster out there, which is why it makes sense to say that if we had drywall or gypsum boards back then, then maybe we wouldn’t have so much plaster everywhere.
Are you remodelling your home? Perhaps you need to repair your drywall or plaster? In either case, we’ll tell you some of the advantages of plaster and some of its disadvantages, which are covered by dry wall, so you can decide whether the plaster is worth repairing or whether it’s time for you to move on to replace it with the alternatives.
Plaster Advantage: It’s Durable
Like we mentioned earlier, plaster is much more durable than drywall. It dries faster and in the process, it bonds together really well, making it highly resistant to knocks and dents. If you have plaster in place, you may need to repair it less frequently than drywall.
Plaster Disadvantage: It’s Harder to Repair
It’s harder to break but if it does break, it’s not going to repair that well. Plaster takes form while it is first drying and once a surface of plaster is already dry, it doesn’t bond too well with a fresher layer of wet plaster. To repair this, it’s easier to just break the old plaster and apply it all again, which can be impractical and damaging.
Plaster Advantage: It’s a Better Sound Barrier
Drywall is easier to maintain and repair but if you’re looking for sound proofing then plaster might be the better option for you. However, when it comes to insulation, drywall is the better option.