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Drywall ceilings

Drywall ceilings are made from 6.4mm plasterboard. They are also known as rhino-board or gypsum. You could also use a 9mm profile which would add strength. The lengths vary between 2.7m and 3.6m. The width is normally 1.2m wide. Drywall ceilings are normally 6.4mm. They don’t have to withstand as many knocks and bumps. This gypsum board is also used for curved walls due to it’s flexibility. These boards are relatively inexpensive yet they improve thermal and sound insulation of your home. This means your home is more energy efficient. About 70% of modern homes and have rhinoboard ceilings and so should yours.

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Drywall ceilings advantages

Rhinoboard ceilings provide good fire protection. Pure gypsum contains about 20% chemically bonded water. When exposed to fire, the chemically bonded water is gradually released in vapour. This is known as calcination. The layer of vapour on the gypsum surface serves to retard the calcination process. This process keeps the temperature on the other side of the plasterboard to about 100 degrees celcius. Therefore, materials on the other side are kept to below 100. This temperature is not high enough to ignite materials on the other side.

Drywall ceilings installation

Gypsum ceiling boards are screwed into wooden batons using drywall screws. The joints are taped closed with drywall tape which is also called fibre tape. It is then skimmed with Rhino-glide for a smooth and even finish. Thereafter, it is primed and coated with white acrylic PVA. To see the finished product of some rhinoboard ceilings visit our Photo Gallery.

If you’re thinking of re-doing your ceilings. And you need a rhinoboard drywall estimate. Then why not visit our drywall prices page where you can calculate the cost. Or, visit our drywall installation page for more information on installing drywall ceilings.

Drywall ceilings types

SA Drywall teams are experienced in most ceiling types. The typical ceiling installations go as follows. For residential applications a drywall ceiling is king. We fit these ceilings complete with cornice and skimming. We can even fit down lights or other fittings you would like. For commercial and industrial applications, the suspended ceiling wins. A suspended ceilings is lightweight and makes for easy access into the roof. It hides any piping and plumbing inside the roof. A bulkhead ceiling or drop ceiling is a ceiling that protrudes from the main ceiling. It is commonly used for aesthetics. You will find this type of ceiling at reception desks and above fancy entrance halls.

Nutec ceilings are the new kid on the block. Nutec is made from fibre cement. It gives a luxurious look to the room. An advantage of Nutec is that it is not susceptibe to damp. You will find Nutec ceilings in kitchens and bathrooms. They are fire resistant and termite resistant as well as corrosion resistant. Nutec complies with the SABS. Nutec is however more expensive than plasterboard. But the extra money is worth the advantages. To learn more about Nutec ceilings go to

PVC ceilings have also become popular due to their light weight, easy installation and low price. PVC provides excellent insulation in summer and winter. They reduce the energy consumption in your home. PVC ceilings are aesthetically pleasing. They have become the ceiling of choice for many interior designers. More advantages of PVC include corrosion resistant, fire retardant, termite proof, waterproof, easy to clean and many more. For more information on this ceiling kindly go to