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Blueboard and Veneer Plaster
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

Traditional drywall is currently the most commonly used wallboard product in new homes. However, it isn't ranked the most adored product among homeowners. Its true that you can't beat the price, but ultimately you will be dealing with long term inconveniences which include dents, visible joints, popped screws and nails, and paint issues.

Blueboard and veneer plaster was created to address the inconveniences associated with traditional drywall. These products offer convenience and quality, as well as a shortened installation time. However, the added benefits of blueboard and veneer plaster do increase the cost. However, it is often worth the extra expensive in the end.

Blueboard is very similar to drywall. In fact, it is made of some of the same materials such as gypsum (calcium sulfate). Also, it comes in the same dimensions as drywall, cuts with a knife, and fastens to wood or steal in a similar fashion. However, blueboard significantly differs from drywall in that the board's surface comes in a special paper.

Blueboard's paper covering is exclusively treated so that is bonds well with a skin coat of a uniquely formulated plaster. Blueboard is finished by applying a quick tape-and-plaster treatment to the joints. Last but not least, the entire wall is coated with plaster. Extra steps are needed when working with traditional drywall. Also, the quality is not as great.

Veneer plaster is another alternative to drywall. It is a much more durable product, which prevents dents and scratches from damaging the surface. Also, the top surface of veneer plaster is continuous over the entire wall. This eliminates the worry of joints showing and creates a better base for paints. In fact, a veneer plaster surface is so smooth and continuous that many homeowners enjoy the natural appeal of the product and refrain from giving it a paint job.

In addition, veneer plaster can be installed within one day, compared to drywall's typical three day installation. Also, you do not have to bother with the mess left behind from sanding surfaces because you do not have to sand veneer plaster.

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