Drywall Contracts Services

Float and Set

The term float and set refers to the traditional style of plastering sometimes known as wet plastering. This system requires two coats, the first being a wet undercoat plaster. When the undercoat plaster has set to a semi firm state, a skim finish coat is then applied. This plastering method is often used in buildings such as Schools and Hospitals due to its high durability.

Dot, Dab and Skim

This modern gypsum based method of plastering is typically applied to new buildings, extensions or where a thermal upgrade is required. Dabs of plasterboard adhesive are applied to a wall and the plasterboard is then positioned on top. The boards are then levelled and made plumb giving a flat surface ready for the finish coat. When dry this method has an extremely strong bond to the wall. The joints between the plasterboard sheets are then covered with scrim (a tape to prevent cracking over the plasterboard joints) and a thin application of a gypsum based plaster is applied.

Drywall installation or drylining is the term given to the application of plasterboard to surfaces such as metal framing, timber and masonry using specific fixing methods. Dry lined finishes can be taped and jointed, or skim finished. We also specialise in metal frame, grid and tiled ceiling systems.

Our multi-skilled installers are adept at achieving the best solution for our clients, providing drylining, partitioning, rendering, ceiling systems, stud partitioning and machine taping.

Our Acoustic and thermal insulation applications are suitable for a wide range of domestic, commercial and industrial applications. We work with trusted suppliers to provide solutions to our clients’ acoustic and thermal insulation problems with cost effective solutions that comply with current building regulations.

Our approved acoustic and thermal insulation applications, whether glass wool, rigid insulations or laminated coverings have been designed and rigorously tested for their suitability on walls, ceilings, floors and basements. Our acoustic and thermal insulation applications will bring commercial, public and domestic properties up to the acoustic requirement or heat loss resistance.

DCL now offer historic plastering and coving works, and provided these on The Exchange, Birmingham, with a package value of 700k.

External wall infill forms a secondary, lightweight structure, fixed onto the primary steel or concrete frame. Typically positioned at the slab edge, SFS provides support for insulation and external finishes creating a weathered envelope at an early stage helping to reduce the overall build timeline.

Full height stud sections are located and screw fixed to the flanges to floor track section, itself fixed to the floor slab with fixings at intervals determined by structural calculations.

The deep track slotted head section is similarly fixed to the underside of the upper floor slab in order to accommodate any deflection within the main frame.

Metal stud partitioning is composed of pre-galvanized mild steel and is an easy to fit system whereby frames for compact, lightweight yet strong non-load bearing partitions are assembled.

Machine taping can be used in all building types to upgrade the acoustic, fire and thermal performance of the addition of new linings to an existing masonry wall and to help deal with any irregularities.

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