Rigips: Information on the natural building material

Rigips, this term is synonymous with flexible plasterboard and is more central Component in the drywall. This consists initially of gypsum and is used with double-sided cardboard covering especially in the attic and similar areas. This two-sided cardboard gives this building material the necessary stability and robustness, as tensile forces can be absorbed. For this reason, Rigips is also increasingly used in acoustic construction, as it provides ideal conditions for cavity wall insulation.

This article is intended to show you the essential properties and functions of Rigips as a natural building material.

Material Compositions and Standards

Nowadays, the production of plasterboard is largely based on natural plasters or REA plasters, which can be obtained from the flue gases of so-called flue gas desulphurisation plants. This gypsum is chemically identical to natural gypsum, but has more properties. Due to the high degree of purity, the quality and stability is very high, and the contamination with pollutants is also very low. Use in sensitive areas such as health care shows that use in residential buildings can also be regarded as harmless. There are also differences in the ability of the material to produce curved products, which require differentiated use in industry due to the better breaking strength of natural gypsum. The gypsum crystals are simply too compact in the REA gypsum, which increases the stability, but is problematic for structures outside the standard.

Plastic fibers or glass and cellulose are partially mixed in, even if the plasterboard is sometimes used in damp rooms to arrive. In terms of formats, there are basically seven thicknesses, which are between 9.5 and 25 millimeters. With a control width between 400 and 1,250 millimeters and a control length between 1,500 and 4,000 millimeters, the most common tasks can be mastered. The DIN standards 18182, 18180 and 18181 are the essential basis for manufacture and application.

Special properties such as thermal conductivity and Co.

Since the use of gypsum-containing building materials in the interior trim is practically standard, especially the use of gypsum fiber boards also ecological properties of importance. The plaster core, which is coated on both sides with a firmly adhering cardboard and glued, increases the elasticity and stability of the plasterboard. The addition of certain fibers also provides resistance to fire loads, even short-term exposure to moisture can occur without permanent damage.

With a thermal conductivity of 0.21 to 0.28? in the gypsum board, respectively, 0.23 to 0.35? in gypsum fibreboard we are moving here in the middle segment. This is ecologically favorable, especially in the use of sound-absorbing constructions, since the material compensates for moisture and is also resistant to vermin. The building material is incombustible, at the same time the low weight allows a use of home improvement. Negative ecological characteristics are partly due to the fact that metal structures can conduct electrical fields and the plates are sensitive to moisture.

Fields of application are different

Rigips panels are regularly checked in ecological terms and receive almost entirely positive reviews, so that this building material finds its application in almost every area of ​​interior design. Whether in housing, in schools or offices - from standardized plates to small-format, fiber-reinforced panels, the fields of application are very broad. On the one hand, they can be used as mounting walls or ceilings, but also as additional shells and dry plaster. Rigips is of particular importance in the attic conversion, especially in combination with different roof pitches and roof types.

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