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10 things you may not know about…Plasterboard!

Updated: Feb 17


1. 100 Years of plasterboard! Plasterboard was first used in construction during the early 20th century; however, it was not until 1966 that the UK’s first training centres were created to train construction workers how to use this “new” material.


2. Gypsum has been known to man for centuries. For example the early Egyptians used it in the construction of the pyramids and the Romans used it for sculpting.


3. Plasterboard is fire resistant. Plasterboard is made up of gypsum which is made up of crystals containing small amounts of water. If a fire occurs, it is the crystals that help keep the temperature of the fire low and helps to prevent fire spreading.


4. It has more than one name. Plasterboard is used throughout the world, and is known by various names;

· Drywall

· Gypsum board

· Wallboard

· Sheetrock

· Gibraltar board


5. Gypsum is versatile. Gypsum is a natural mineral found in sedimentary rock, because of this it is used in everyday products such as toothpaste and shampoo, but also used to make sculptures and pottery. Otherwise known as ‘Plaster of Paris’, gypsum is used as a cast to treat broken bones.


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6. In the days of early Hollywood movies, gypsum was used to recreate the effect of snow.


7. Enough new and recycled plasterboard is created every three months to reach to the moon and back.


8. Plasterboard is a good sound insulator

A high-performance plasterboard known as Gyproc Soundbloc is often used as a sound insulator. It was specially designed with an inner core that acts as a buffer.



9. Plasterboard is not suitable for bathrooms

Specially designed plasterboard is required for constantly wet rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens. A type of plasterboard known as Gyproc Moisture resistant is recommended for such uses.


10. Plasterboard is reusable

Plasterboard and other gypsum-based products are ALL recyclable. It can be reused or repurposed time and time again. Alfred are the UK’s largest handler of plasterboard waste. We manage the complete process from collection to recycling in an efficient and extremely cost-effective manner.








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