Fire Rated Plasterboard consists of Gyproc or Gypsum packed into heavy duty paper designed for the application of internal walls. Fire Rated Plasterboards (Fireproof Plasterboard) are available with a squared or tapered edge. The purpose of fire-rated plasterboards are to help prevent the spread of fire in building spaces.
Fire Rated Plasterboard
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Fire rated plasterboard goes through a special process that is different from the manufacture of standard plasterboard, where the aerated gypsum that makes up the core of the board is reinforced with glass fibre and other elements before being strongly sealed to the pink paper that sees many people refer to it as 'pink plasterboard' or pink fire board. The pink plasterboard paper face is used by brands such as Knauf or British Gypsum to show that the product is a fire-rated plasterboard. This helps builders and people in trade to identify the type of plasterboard.
Fireproof plasterboards, which is also known as pink plasterboard can be used in a variety of high risk applications and also include:
- Wall applications
- Timber or metal partition wall applications
- Ceiling and floor applications
What are the benefits of Fire Rated Plasterboards?
- Multiple application methods
- Designed for use in higher risk areas – helps meet UK building regulations for fire safety
- When installed correctly will have the same lifespan as the room
- Options of tapered or squared edges
- Suitable for either new builds or refurbishments
- The Gyproc and paper materials are fully recyclable
- Prevents the spread of fire
- The light paper facings are easily covered with plaster, paint, or wallpaper
- The boards can be fixed with drywall screws or adhesive
- The boards are suitable for direct decoration
- High resistance to deformation
- An option of singular or multiple layers of boards can be applied
- Accepts wide range of paint and finishing products
- Easily finished with thistle plaster or Gyproc joining materials
- Easily identifiable due to the pink plasterboard face
How are fire rated plasterboard installed?
Start by measuring and cutting your fire rated wallboard to size to fit the relevant are. The boards should be installed horizontally. Ensure the boards line up with the existing timber or metal frame to allow the fixings to hold.
The boards should be fixed with the decorative side facing outwards from the wall to receive flush finishes. Fixings should be installed at least 13mm from cut edges and 10mm from bound (un-cut) edges. Wherever possible position cut edges at inside angles. Stagger horizontal and vertical joints between layers by at least 600mm.
After fixing the boards in place, start adding finishings as soon as you can to reduce the risk of damage or UV degradation to the paper linings. The board can be finished using jointing systems that comply with EN13963, including the British Gypsum Gyproc range. Ensure corner beads are fitted using the required fixings and joint tape is added to any adjoining boards to avoid cracks and scuffs when finishing.
After fixing the boards in place and jointing step have been applied, start adding surface finishings as soon as you can to reduce the risk of damage or UV degradation to the paper linings. You can finish the board using plaster that complies with EN13279-1, including the British Gypsum Thistle range.
After the finishings have been applied and dry, start decorating as soon as possible. Finish jointing systems with Gyproc Drywall Primer before applying paint.
Pink Plasterboard FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions about pink plasterboard.
How do you cut Fire Rated plasterboard?
Fire rated plasterboards are cut by measuring and marking the boards and then scoring the board on one side with a sharp blade. The board is then snapped over a hard edge and scored along the other side of the fold.
Are pink Plasterboards and Fire Rated Plasterboards the same product?
Yes, Pink plasterboard and fireproof plasterboard are the exact same products however they are often referred to as either name. The boards are also known as Fire panels and fireline.
Can you plug and screw plasterboard to a wall?
Plasterboard wall plugs are designed to help support screws or bolts. The plugs work by expanding or pulling back when inserted into the wall so that when the screw is inserted it will help distribute the weight of any hanging load.