Interesting Fact about Gyprock Plasterboard

Plasterboard is versatile, reliable and functional materials that make your building job easy, safe and convenient. No wonder why most of the builders prefer to use Gyprock plasterboard as ceiling clad material. It is a perfect choice to cover the wall or ceiling quickly. Provide you with a smooth and stable surface that is easy to decorate. Plasterboard products have a broad range of selection, from increasing moisture, fireproof, impact-proof and thermal performance. The wide range of plasterboard usability makes it a product for various building solution.

Let’s take a look below the interesting facts about gyprock plasterboard.

Has Been Existed More Than a Century

Plasterboard manufacturing began in the mid-nineteenth century in the UK. In the 1890s, the first plasterboard imported to Australia. The imported plasterboard used in the North Sydney cottage construction and later in the 1940s finally introduced to the local market.

In the 1960s, plasterboard became a common building material in Australia, even though in the beginning it was not easy to convince the tradesmen, that sandwiched gypsum between two layers of paper is strong enough as a construction material.

Made of Natural Material

Gyprock plasterboard made of naturally occurring mineral, a soft rock called gypsum, with the purest colour of gypsum mineral is white. However, the dirt makes it looks yellow, grey, pink or even black. Gypsum or calcium sulphate dihydrate (CaSO4 · 2H2O) found in the sedimentary rock beds through natural cementation. It is the result of many million years seawater evaporation.

Gypsum is the crystal formed in the sea brine, it is rich in mineral and eventually sank to the ocean floor and created the sedimentary rock beds. At the end of the Ice Age, the glaciers and melt-water started to erode, made gypsum go up closer to the earth surface. Eventually, people began to obtain gypsum widely through mining operations.

Fire Resistant

Gypsum plasterboard is relatively fire-resistant. The gypsum plasterboard is non-flammable due to the high volume of crystalline water in the gypsum. One square metre of gypsum board has over two litres of water in it. The crystalline water will evaporate first when it exposes to the fire, and will only burn at very high temperature. It makes gypsum as the right choice of fire-retardation property.

Known by Various Names

Plasterboard is a well-known construction material used over nations. Plasterboard has and called by different names, gypsum board, drywall, sheetrock, wallboard and many more. In New Zealand people referred it as Gibraltar board, or short as Gib board. It was the brand name given by the Winestone Wallboard Company to their product. In 1931 they started producing Gibraltar board, inspired by the Rock of Gibraltar in the UK.

Used in Medical Field

Plaster of paris is a well-known material in the medical field widely used in creating casts. Its main ingredient is bassanite, the heated gypsum up to 150 degrees Celcius to release all water molecules. The water reduction is essential to get a fine powdered form. The moistened powder can create a mouldable paste that will retain the shape once it dry and form rock-like attributes. It is strong and lightweight at the same time, makes it a perfect choice for casts. Nowadays, around 100 billion kilograms plaster of paris annually manufactured to meet global needs.


Gypsum plasterboard is one of a kind building material that is 100% recyclable. The recycler can create new plasterboard or even soil conditioner that is usable for farming and mine sites rehabilitation.

Gypsum is an eco-friendly material and can act as a natural fertiliser. It can improve the soil structure, help the water absorption and stimulate plants growth.


As a widely used building material, gyprock plasterboard is available all over the nation. You only need to make sure you get the right type for your construction project. Contact Perth Ceiling and Walls, the reliable wall and ceiling plasterboard companies at your local to get further information from the experts.