Wet Plaster or Dry Lining?

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The issue of whether to finish walls with wet plaster or plasterboards (otherwise known as dry lining) has created debate ever since plasterboard came on the scene in the 1940s. But your choice will have an impact and you need to pick the finish that most closely matches the other elements of your design.

Many self-builders favour wet plaster because it matches the look and feel of traditional materials, it offers better sound­proofing and airtightness, and doesn’t cause problems in fixing items to the walls (unlike some boards). But plasterboard has advantages, too — it offers speedy installation with no drying period or cracks.

Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.


He has written for publications such as Homebuilding & Renovating for over three decades. An experienced self builder, his latest self build, a contemporary eco home built to Passivhaus principles, was created on a tight urban brownfield plot.