Our homes and offices go through normal wear and tear everyday which can severely affect the foundations of the building. Apart from this, they can also destroy the beautiful aesthetic of your house or office. Hence, it is important to invest in the maintenance of houses and offices every month so that any faults or damages can be repaired. One of the problems faced by every building is damp walls, which if left unattended can lead to more costly maintenance services in the future. Rising damp refers to the upward movement of ground water or moisture in masonry.
The rising moisture contains salt that moves from the ground into the walls which severely affects the plaster on the walls. These salts called hygroscopic salts result in more moisture being absorbed from the atmosphere causing further damping of walls. Therefore, it has become imperative for people to counter these problems with various damp proofing techniques to prevent rising dampness.
What is Dry Lining?
One of the damp proofing methods that have become significantly popular in the UK over the last 20 years is Dry Lining. This method has become a common building practice in many new and modern housing construction. Dry Lining as the name suggests is essentially the process of giving meeting joints in a plasterboard a finished look by applying plaster to either timber/metal stud or brick walls. They can either be taped and jointed or skimmed.
Why Is It Popular?
There are many reasons behind Dry Lining becoming a common practise in today’s house construction. Firstly this method minimises the maintenance cost of a house or office. It prevents ‘cornice cracking’ as the same material is being joined at the cornice.
Secondly, Dry Lining is less time consuming compared to other damp proofing techniques like ‘float and set’. The speed of application is much faster and it can be applied simultaneously with the ceilings.
Thirdly, it is a great way to give a finished look to the walls. Dry lining is done with respect to the straightness and surface finish of the walls so that all minor faults and imperfections are concealed.
Things To Consider While Selecting Dry Lining
Dry lining, gives your house or office improved thermal properties and acoustic. It allows your house to breathe by creating an air gap in the walls. So with dry lining your house won’t heat up in summers and maintains a moderate temperature. The highly resilient properties of dry lining protect your house or office from the daily wear and tear.
However if any damage does occur, it can be easily repaired from the products readily available at the local hardware store. Dry lining allows greater flexibility as you can easily decorate your walls if you plan to renovate the house. Not only renovation but structure’s foundation requirements, design changes, future expansion and periodic internal alterations can also be addressed easily.
So if you live in Leeds, West Yorkshire and plan on Dry Lining your house or office to minimise the damp proofing costs you have been incurring constantly, then get in touch with In Out Solutions who will provide you exceptional quality dry lining services at affordable prices.