Prefabricated curved joint-free plasterboard units are providing builders with innovative solutions for internal walls and ceilings.
Corner Solutions International (CSI) recently launched the Roundy Wall Plaster Board Unit system, a Kiwi-developed plasterboard system that provides builders with corner solutions.
Business development manager Margaret Hensch says designers are always looking for ways to set their designs apart from those of others by using visual and practical appeal. The Roundy is proving an exciting and flexible new tool in their arsenal.
“Builders and architects often aim to create visually appealing projects. The characteristic of a building that is most visible to the average person is the internal walls,” Ms Hensch says.
“Cultural traditions vary from country to country, and these traditions give rise to different design opportunities. In New Zealand designers have taken the local laid-back lifestyle and incorporated it into building plans.
“From there, a simple bend in one man’s paradigm led to this exciting new product — a not-so-ordinary plasterboard shaped in a new way,” she says.
Porirua-based developer of the new system, Walter Hensch, says he believes his new flexible plasterboard is the future of internal walls. It can enhance visual appeal, increase safety and expand design options for any building.
He says prior to The Roundy, the only other option for internal curved corners was to make them with fibrous plaster.
“This made curves expensive and time consuming,” Mr Hensch says. “Other types of flexible plasterboards are in use, yes, but they can only be bent up to a certain radius, among several other limitations,” he says.
The Roundy is different. Mr Hensch says by applying his patented technique to the plasterboard currently used in the construction industry, CSI can create curves with a radius down to 200mm.
Not fracturing or cutting the plasterboard creates a seamless and joint-free corner. The system can be used for convex and concave corners.
He says The Roundy’s soft lines allow smoother flow in narrow areas and increase the amount of usable floor space. CSI premanufactures the rounded plasterboard units to the required dimensions and then installs them on-site. All that is required prior to this is standard framing up to where The Roundy will be placed.
Once The Roundy is in place, the wall is ready for finishing.
The result of three years’ research, The Roundy provides builders with a controlled product that fits easily into the New Zealand building practice of drywall lined stud walls.
“The Roundy’s smart, integrated appearance provides more design options for architects, The Roundy’s curves sustain less damage and consequently have low maintenance costs, they make for less wasted space and are safer for the physically challenged and elderly.
“In addition, they create a point of difference in a very competitive marketplace. I believe The Roundy Wall Plaster Board Unit system could be just what is required for the current trends in organic building design, as seen in some of the latest architectural design in New Zealand and around the world,” he says.