Types of plasterboard: The popular options explained and where to use them

Pile of plasterboard sheets on construction site
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Different types of plasterboard are used for different types of DIY and renovation projects. Standard or stock plasterboard is the ideal choice for a lot of jobs such as building a stud wall or covering block work and ceilings.

However, when plasterboarding you might need a different type of plasterboard to complete a project more effectively. 

On looks alone most plasterboard is visually similar, but different types can come in different colours. The key differences are typically what lies within the core, what has been added to the core and the thickness of the board. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.