You all know how dry lining is widely popular because of its benefits it gives if you compare it with traditional plastering technique. Not only it is easy to install, but also quicker process as well as cost efficient. But despite all the numerous benefits, there are some common issues too that you need to keep in mind while considering dry lining insulation.
So, let’s talk about them!
- Prone to damage:
One of the major drawbacks of dry lining insulation is that it is pretty prone to damage easily. It might not be very much durable. The biggest issue is that constant hit and slam can cause severe damage to the wall. Plus, since it is very lightweight and thin, it has lesser load carrying capability than that of brick walls. So, wall-hung shelves or closets can easily cause damages to it.
- Prone to mold growth in damp areas:
Normal plasterboards can grow mold very easily if they come in constant touch of water. That being said, there are water-resistant plasterboards that can be used in areas such as kitchen or bathroom which can delay the damage.
- Not soundproof:
Another issue with dry lining insulation is that it does not make the surface soundproof. Since plasterboards do not absorb sound, a separate sound proof material has to be inserted into the plasterboard, in case if you want to make it sound-resistant. If right material is not used, it can lead to poor sound insulation.
- Not suitable for high storied buildings:
Dry lining insulation structure is not really suitable for higher storied buildings. The reason is, it does not have the sufficient strength to hold the load of heavy constructions.
- Difficult to recycle:
Dry lining walls are hard to recycle. Used ones are mostly thrown at junkyards, and they do not decompose very easily in that way.
- Air leakage:
Defects in dot and dab can cause leakage of warm damp air around the openings that can lead to reduction of insulation performance. It can also cause deterioration of fabric.
- Cold bridge:
A cold bridge refers to an area in building where gaps occur in the insulation making them colder than the other areas which can lead to condensation forming. This is another common issue with dry lining insulation since the formation of condensation can also cause growth of mold.
- Absence of handcrafted look:
This is not very an issue but it can be for the ones having a specific personal preference. Those who prefer the traditional look of a building would not like the finishing of drywall. Unlike brick wall, it gives a smooth finish that does not give the vibe of a handcrafted wall.