Partitioning

Partition walls differ from exterior walls because while exterior walls are designed to support the weight of the roof of a building, partition walls are not designed to support heavy loads and are instead built to separate interior building spaces into compartmentalised areas. Partition walls can be either made of bricks/ blocks or it can be made from frames. Framed partition walls can be made from timber, steel or aluminium frames and the spaces of the walls can be covered by plasterboard, timber, metal or fibreboard. The framed partition walls are also known as ‘stud walls’.

 

Pic of a stud wall with labels to identify parts of a stud wall

Stud walls can be fitted with insulation so that it can reduce loud sounds transferred between the walls of a partition to ensure privacy and can also mean that the cost of central heating bills will be reduced in the long term because less heat is transferred to the environment so the house stays warmer for longer periods of time.

Wall partitions may also be movable so that properties have the added option of expanding their interior spaces or partitioning it into smaller compartments when the need arises e.g. an expanded interior space may be required for when an exhibition takes place, a compartmentalised interior space would be needed for an office environment etc.

 

Pic of movable wall partitions:

Do note that before installing wall partitions, you need to consult with your local authority if the materials you use to install wall partitions conform to the country’s Building Regulations such as materials with the correct fire resistance rating, insulation rating etc.

Dry Lining
screeding
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Rendering is the application of a plaster coat to the walls of a building; it is a building technique used countless times.

Applying a coat of render requires the coating to be made out of a mixture of cement, sand, water and sometimes lime.

Rendering differs from plastering in that rendering involves applying a render coat of plaster to the external walls of a building while plastering involves applying the plaster coat to internal walls of a building. Another key difference is that rendering uses a more coarser type of sand compared to the more smoother sand used for plastering.

Rendering is used for a variety of reasons such as making the walls of the external building water proof and resistant to weathering and erosion, improving the value of the the property, hiding the damaged bricks of the property etc.

There are a variety of render coats to choose from: K Rend render has additives (polymers – self-repeating chemical compounds) added to the render mixture which makes the render coat water-resistant and strong possibly due to the polymer additive repelling the water away from the surface of the render, which prevents erosion and weathering of the brick layer) and the polymer additive may ensure the render coat sticks to the underlying brick layer strongly and prevent the render from cracking.

Pic A – a house that has been rendered in Greece; note how smooth and aesthetically pleasing the render coat has made the property appear

 

Pic B – diagrams to explain what a  polymer is and what it is made out of; note – the plastic shopping bags you use are made from a type of polymer obtained and processed from crude oil

 

Pic C – A diagram to show how render coats are applied to a brick wall