Advantages and Disadvantages of Replacing Old Plaster With Drywall

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Plaster is a common and affordable building material, but also one that has a limited lifespan. If you've been wondering whether or not you should replace the old plaster, you've come to the right place. Read on to learn more about these two products.

Drywall Vs. Plaster

If you're planning on redoing a room in your home, you may be wondering which material to use. Plaster and Drywall offer similar performance and benefits, but there are some key differences. First, plaster has a shorter lifespan and is complicated to use. Additionally, it does not offer the same stability and finish options as Drywall.

Plaster was much more common in traditional houses, but modern design is more reliant on Drywall or a combination of the two.

Is Old Plaster Dangerous for Homes?

There is a risk of asbestos in old plaster. Asbestos exists in plaster to help insulate the building. However, when the plaster material is disturbed or crumbles, it can release asbestos fibers into the air.

These fibers can be seriously dangerous if inhaled, potentially causing lung cancer. Therefore, homeowners must be cautious when they own plaster. When a home has old plaster, it should be checked by an asbestos inspector.

Benefits of Drywall

Drywall is a sturdier product than plaster, making it ideal for high-traffic areas or homes with children. It is also much easier to repair if it becomes damaged, as it does not contain asbestos. Additionally, Drywall offers more finishing options, such as painting, wallpapering, and texturing.

If you're considering redoing a room, you cannot go wrong with Drywall. It is a versatile, long-lasting product that will add value to your home.

Turner Bros Contractors Ltd. has been providing steel-stud framing, drywall, and acoustic ceiling services for residential and commercial applications in the Vancouver area since 1932. The company is family-run with four generations of the family represented in the business.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your residential or commercial project, please call us at (604) 532-1991 or email us at

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