Wall lining installation made simple

18. October 2019

When the family gets bigger there’s a sudden need for additional space. Living and housing involves change. Wall lining is a popular solution that saves time and effort. But how is wall lining installed? We show you what to bear in mind when creating new rooms or remodelling old ones.

Two types of wall lining

Wall lining can be an all-in-one carefree solution. In addition to dividing rooms, it also improves thermal insulation and sound insulation. It is primarily covered in plasterboard. There are two main types of wall lining: directly anchored wall lining and independent wall lining systems.

Direkt befestigte Vorsatzschalen

In the field of drywall installation, wall lining is like a second wall in front of the room’s solid walls. It is either used in order to create a straight wall surface when the subsurface is crooked or to contain interior insulation.

Directly anchored wall lining

Directly anchored wall lining is ideal when you want to lose as little space as possible within a room. As a rule, this type of wall lining only allows room for space-saving wall linings with a panel thickness of 30 mm, which requires more time for installation. Each stud must be placed in the wall at a distance of approximately 1 metre before being installed with an adjustable suspended brace. The wall lining is subsequently insulated and covered.

Independent wall lining

Those who have a bit more space available or who want to improve sound insulation can opt for independent wall lining. The independent variant can also be used for concealing installations behind the wall lining or in cases where applying plaster to masonry is not an option. Any wiring should be laid beforehand.

Improved sound and thermal insulation

Nobody wants to hear their neighbours’ every step. Meeting the construction requirements for sound insulation isn’t always sufficient. Sound insulation should also be kept in mind when putting up new walls. We recommend researching the statutory provisions as well as a thorough approach when it comes to thermal insulation. This will allow you to achieve the best possible result.

Interior wall insulation with mineral insulation boards requires an even, clean, dry and stable subsurface. Any unevenness can be levelled out using putty. Cut the insulation boards to size and use a suitable adhesive for the insulation materials, such as a lightweight mortar. A layer of mineral wool insulation at least 40 mm thick placed inside the partition cavity noticeably improves the sound and thermal insulation of the lined wall.

Thermal bridges should be avoided. The space between the profile and the outer wall should be filled entirely with insulation material. Sound insulation can be further improved by using specialist sound insulation boards for the cladding. Another useful tip: Large pieces of furniture such as wardrobes can also make a good barrier against sound.

Installing attachment parts in and to external thermal insulation composite systems

Interior insulation has a detrimental effect on the structural physics. Several points should however be considered when there is no alternative to interior insulation. This type of insulation requires specific fixings, even more so when it comes to single plankings. The respective type of application is also important. You should for instance ensure that the thickness and weight of the attachment part corresponds to the fixing. The fixing should help avoid thermal bridges and safely transfer loads into the anchor base. As a general rule, anchors and screws must be compatible with the fixing base and application. This protects the drywall material and prevents cracks and breakages. Plastic plasterboard anchors provide a secure hold for mirrors, pictures, smoke detectors and lightweight lamps on lined walls or ceilings. The fischer DUOBLADE is a new product that was especially developed for simple and safe use in plasterboard.

The fischer DUOTEC fixing is recommended for heavier loads in all board materials. The anchor provides a secure and firm hold to kitchen and living room cupboards, shelves, coat racks or mirrors by expanding behind the plasterboard panel. Make sure the cavity behind the panel is big enough to allow the anchor to fit through before it folds. Directly anchored wall lining often has insufficient space behind it to allow this anchor to be used. One of the practical features of the DUOTEC is that it can also be used as an expansion anchor if there is solid building material in a small area behind the wallboard panels. Metal anchors such as fischer’s range are an alternative option for heavy loads.

Mechanical stand-off installation systems such as Thermax 8 and 10 are ideal for installing medium loads. They are attached with the accompanying fischer universal plug UX. The Thermax 12 and 16 are also available for even heavier loads and are securely anchored with the approved fischer injection mortars.

Wall lining proves that there is almost always room for remodelling to suit your current stage in life. Furniture and home accessories are firmly secured to the drywall material thanks to suitable plasterboard anchors, which makes it easy to install sound and thermal insulation.