Research done by Gyprock has shown three main characteristics of a home renovation that are important but sometimes overlooked.
Many people overlook is the ability to control noise. Many factors can contribute to noise pollution. These include the proximity between dwellings, road and air traffic, open plan living, hard surface finishes, external entertainment areas, airconditioning motors, the location of the garage and home entertainment systems.
It’s important to understand the different types of noise issues that can affect spaces in a home. Unwanted noise can enter through external walls, ceilings and the roof and these sound waves can then transfer through to internal walls and rooms within the house.
When planning your walls and ceilings, consider an acoustic-rated, high-density plasterboard. When combined with insulation these two building materials can increase the density of walls and ceilings, allowing noise to be absorbed thereby reducing noise pollution.
The durability of materials is often overlooked, particularly for high traffic areas of the home. You need to consider spaces that could sustain damage from things such as the vacuum cleaner, school bags and pedestrian traffic. Look for a thicker plasterboard (at least 10mm) and made with a heavy duty paper liner that increases density and board strength. This helps to improve the level of durability of walls against knocks, scrapes or more serious damage from accidents. Also consider using strong skirting along the base of the walls, kick boards on doors.
Humidity and exposure to steam and moisture build-up can lead to the growth of mould. As well as damaging a wall, floor or ceiling, mould can be detrimental to the health of family members, particularly for asthma or allergy sufferers.
Kitchens, bathrooms and laundries are the rooms most likely to sustain mould and moisture damage. You need to carefully consider the building materials in these rooms and ask an expert for advice if yours is a DIY project.