Drylining and Parge Coating ...


The external walls of the majority of buildings are normally formed from masonry (e.g. concrete blocks, bricks or stone). The interior surface of the masonry needs to be finished to even and smooth finish that can be either painted or wall papered.

In the past, the majority of masonry walls were finished by applying several coats of sand and cement render to even out the wall, followed by several coats of plaster to give a smooth surface. This method is most commonly referred to as solid plastering.

In recent years solid plastering has largely been replaced by drylining (also known as Drywall or Dot and Dab).

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In the Drylining method sheets of plasterboard are attached to the wall using a special plasterboard adhesive made from gypsum.

Example of a typical Drylining of a Wall

This method is known as drylining because it requires far less water than traditional sand and cement renders used in solid plastering. The advantages of drylining over solid plastering are:

  • A warmer building - drylining has better insulating properties than solid plastering.
  • Quicker and cheaper construction - it is quicker and therefore cheaper to make the wall true and plumb using drylining than it is using solid plastering.
  • Quicker drying out times - because less water is used in drylining it is quicker to dry out than solid plastering and therefore quicker to start decorating.
Drylining allows services such as cables and pipes to be concealed with the minimum of wall chasing.

When drylining the ceiling is normally fitted before the wall is drylined. Typically, drylining is started at a window, door or internal angle. A continuous fillet of Drywall adhesive is applied around the perimeter of the wall and around all services and openings. This is to ensure that the lining is air tight to achieve air tightness required by Building Regulations. For the first plasterboard a further 2 rows of intermediate Drywall Dabs are applied to the wall. The first plasterboard is then fitted in place and held tight against the ceiling. The board is tapped lightly to get it plumb. Subsequent plasterboards are fitted in a similar manner using 3 rows of intermediate dabs.

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Applying Drywall Adhesive Applying Plasterboard
to Drywall Adhesive

Plasterboards for Drylining

A range of plasterboards can be used in Drylining:

The plasterboards can then be finished using either traditional Plastering methods or Taping and Jointing.

Typical uses of drylining

Sound (Parge) Coating

If required, Regency Construction can increase the soundproofing, thermal performance and air tightness of a masonry wall prior to installing drylining by applying a special sound proofing plaster known as Parge Coat. Parge Coating can improved energy and acoustic performance, lower heating costs, reduce CO2 emissions and provide greater comfort for its occupants. Parge Coating is commonly used on Party Walls (Walls that are shared between adjoining buildings).

Parge Coat
Parge Coat being applied.

Drylining Work Undertaken by Regency Construction

In addition to drylining, Regency Construction also offer the following services to complete the work:

Areas covered by Regency Construction

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The towns and cities covered by Regency Construction include:

Bath | Bristol |Bridgwater | Chippenham| Clevedon | Frome | Glastonbury| Melksham | Midsomer Norton | Portishead | RadstockShepton Mallet | Sherbourne | StreetTrowbridge | Warminster | Wells | Westbury | Weston-Super-Mare | Yeovil

The Counties covered by Regency Construction include:

Avon | Somerset | Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) | Bristol City | West Wilsthire | South Gloucestershire

Postcodes covered by Regency Construction include:


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Contact Us

Regency Construction invite you to contact us to discuss your Drylining  requirements. Regency Construction can be contacted in the following ways:

By Post:

Regency Construction
4 Langleys Lane
Midsomer Norton

By Telephone on 07922 140769

By Email at enquiry@regencyconstruction.co.uk

Or using our contact form.

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