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Gyprock or gypsum specialists are the experts who can transform the interior of buildings through the erection of semi-permanent walls and ceilings, or be tasked with disguising old, uneven or unattractive wall surfaces with gypsum board, also known as drywall or plasterboard. These are the people you call in when you need structural changes to interior spaces, such as the creation of shop interiors or office spaces or even the temporary division within residential spaces – for instance, creating a work-from-home office or dividing a shared bedroom - but do not want these changes to be necessarily permanent. Partitioning can be either full-height or any specified lower height, and may incorporate glass windows or panels very easily, as well as doors. Drywalling is cost-effective, efficient, offers a form of sound-proofing and thermal insulation, and is quicker to erect than a traditional brick-and-plaster wall.
Gyprock - or gypsum - is an extremely useful naturally occurring mineral found in sedimentary rock formations which has many different applications in the building, construction, medical and agricultural spheres. It can be very effectively used in building and construction work, is a natural source of sulphur which is a widely-used fertiliser, and dehydrated gypsum is used in the medical field for creating the strong but lightweight plaster casts which hold broken bones in place during the healing process. It is widely mined and is used as the main ingredient in various types of plaster, blackboard chalk and drywall. Alabaster, which is a fine-grained white or pale variety of gypsum, has been used globally as a medium for sculptures for thousands of years. Gypsum also crystallises as translucent crystals of selenite, which is also known as satin spar, desert rose or gypsum flower.
Gyprock, in the building and construction industry, is known by more than one name. It is variously known as gyprock, gypsum board, sheetrock, drywall or plasterboard. Gypsum board generically refers to the interior boards composed of compacted gypsum plaster and two different paper types - facer and backer paper. All these terms refer to a gypsum plaster mix sandwiched between heavy paper layers. It is not a new invention, as plaster made from lime, sand, animal hair and various other ingredients has been used for thousands of years to create a smooth interior finish to building walls and ceilings. It has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs as well as in old Roman buildings. These days, the plaster is made with finely ground gypsum crystal (used as an accelerator) mixed with fibre (paper or fibreglass or a mixture of both), plasticiser, foaming agent, starch (to act as a retarder), a wax emulsion to lower water absorption and various additives intended to reduce mildew and flammability. Gypsum is not used for exterior use as it dissolves over time in water.
Gyprock specialists may often be found by making enquiries through construction and building companies or shopfitting companies who will often have their own preferred suppliers. They may also advertise in home improvement magazines and catalogues, through architectural publications, in the Yellow Pages and through flyers. You can also find them by visiting Home Expos. They are also taking advantage of online advertising, and many have their own websites showcasing their previous projects and capabilities. If searching online, one of the fastest ways of finding these specialists is through online search sites such as Uptasker. Uptasker is quick and efficient in that it allows you to check online ratings and customer reviews, as well as providing listings in your own specific area. Where there are websites, Uptasker provides ‘one-click’ links and will allow you to compare quotes from different sites, all from the comfort of your chair. If possible, try and use word of mouth referrals, as you can be sure of a good end result and service delivery and follow-up in case of problems.
If you are renting a house and cannot make permanent changes to the interior to suit your family’s needs, or if you are faced with a large open commercial space which you need to convert into offices and public areas, or even have a factory which needs a little help in the way of wall and ceiling soundproofing and insulation, look no further than your local gyprock specialist to provide a suitable solution to your needs. No matter if your needs are fluid and apt to change over the years, a qualified gyprock specialist will come up with efficient and cost-effective solutions to meet your requirements. Just take the time to explain what you need and any possible future changes, and then listen to his advice and make it happen! For more tips, see our gyprock/gypsum specialist articles and blog.