What does a GIB Stopper do? GIB is a product name colloquially used in New Zealand to refer to plasterboard which is used in the interiors of buildings. A building worker whose job is to fill in joints and cavities in plasterboard (or GIB) is a GIB Stopper.
The type of services a GIB stopper may be able to provide to you in your home should include:
- Skim coating
- Textured walls
- Crack repair
- Hole repair
- Ceiling plastering
- Exterior plastering
- Painting preparation
- Wall repair
- Stopping with plasterboard
What can a GIB stopper achieve in my home?
No matter how smooth walls and ceilings appear, they will never be 100% physically flat and blemish free. All substrate materials contain some physical blemishes and minor deviations.
Although it is impossible to get a perfectly physically flat or blemish free interior surface, it is possible to achieve ‘the appearance’ of blemish free flatness. Modern interior design that uses smooth-painted surfaces will highlight imperfections more so than if texture or wallpapers are used.
What should I look out for in a Gib Stopper?
You need to look for recommendations of previous work. A Gib stopper especially needs an eye for detail to ensure that your job is completed with the best possible finish. A stopper that has a friendly, timely service at an affordable price will be an asset to your project.
Bad stopping jobs can leave imperfections that show up long after painting. A Gib stopper will be able to give you advice on what kind of plasterboard to use and offer recommendations for the right kind of board for your particular conditions whether it be water resistance, fire protection or specialist applications like noise control.
Things to consider
Wet rooms – Bathrooms, Ensuites and Laundries
Steam and moisture build up over time and can damage the linings and framing of walls and ceilings in your homes so called, wet rooms. Water resistant plasterboard reduces the amount of moisture absorbed by the lining and prevents the moisture from passing through to the framing and causing further damage.
Thinking carefully about your design, the materials used, lighting and underlying framing conditions can minimise the amount of noticeable imperfections. For some rooms – the living areas for example – choosing a high quality interior wall and ceiling finish will also add benefits like noise control, bracing and fire-rated protection for your home.
Nothing beats removing old wall linings and replacing them with new plasterboard. Many older New Zealand homes have layer upon layer of paint or wallpaper on their walls and once you take the first layer off you are left with no choice but to remove it all back to the plasterboard before you can apply your new coating. This often leaves a less than desirable plasterboard lining. In an older home if you choose to replace the existing plasterboard this will allow you to check behind the walls for any unseen problems, it allows you to fit new insulation, you can reposition or add new power points, and you can avoid the hours of hard labour required to fix up an old wall.