Drywall vs. Plaster – What’s Best?



When wondering what materials to coat your interior walls with before decorating them, you might be weighing up your options and struggling to choose whether drywall or plaster is best.

Let’s face it, there are benefits to using both and that’s why here at Gypsumtools we have plenty in stock. But, if you’re asking yourself the question: “Drywall v plaster – what’s best?”, then here are some pluses and minuses that you might find useful, depending on what your priorities are.

Pluses of plaster and benefits of drywall

Plaster is a material which has been used for centuries and centuries. What started out as a mixture of lime, sand, animal hair and water has developed over time to become a product that offers a smooth and incredibly durable finish. Most commonly gypsum plaster is used these days and, as opposed to drywall, when applied correctly it can be around for centuries, thanks to its hardwearing nature.

However, drywall has become massively popular since the middle of last century. It is often cheaper because it’s not as tricky to apply, it takes less time to do, is less dusty to repair, there’s no period of waiting around for it to dry and you won’t get any of the cracks that can appear in plaster work, meaning less chance of call backs.

Downside to drywall and wet plaster

When applying plaster it needs to be done in several stages – which includes the brown coat, scratch coat and finish coat. This essential process means that it can take longer to do, leading to higher labour costs and then there’s the drying time. Plaster also needs to be applied by a skilled professional in order to avoid cracking and uneven walls, whereas, with a bit of know-how, drywall can be put up in no time.

On the other hand, the problem with a lot of drywall is that it’s easily damaged and is nowhere near as easy to fix things like radiators and shelving to as traditional, hardwearing plaster is. You also need to be as tight with gaps as you can, whereas plaster creates a better seal around openings and covers up blemishes much more easily. Also with drywall you’re limited on the design options, while a skilled professional can do all sorts of clever things with wet plaster.

Order your drywall and plastering tools online

When making your choice between the two, the main factors are to choose the finish which best suits the look and feel of the rest of the building – eg if it’s traditional, possibly plaster would look best and in a new home often drywall is favourable. You also need to weigh up what’s most important to you. Is it saving on time and cost, in which case drywall might be your guy. Or, are you looking for something more hardwearing, durable, shiny and smooth?

Once you’ve made your decision you can order your drywall and plastering tools online with us today and have the kit you need with you in no time.

Level 5 v NorthStar Taping Tools – The Battle

Let’s face it, taping tools are pretty handy when you’re a taper. Not only can they make drywall finishing easier with better results, but they’ve pretty much revolutionised the way we work, by offering the ability to apply mud and tape at the same time. But when it comes to choosing the right one for you, how do you know which one to go for?

The two brands Level 5 and NorthStar are both highly respected in their field and with regard to taping tools, they’re pretty much the best in the business.

The owners of NorthStar Taping Tools have 40 years of experience in design and manufacturing in the drywall tool industry, offering value, high quality and on-going innovation.

And Level 5 boasts the same levels of high quality and performance, as well as reliable automatic drywall taping tools at the fairest price. But in battle, which would survive?

Let the battle commence!

If you’d like to find out what NorthStar and Level 5 taping tools have going for them and what one has that the other doesn’t, then check out the table below.

NorthStar Automatic taper

  • Taper head, cover cap, drive dog holder, tape runners and cable drum are precision machined from billet aluminium (6061*T6) for superior strength, durability and corrosion resistance.
  • All aluminium parts are anodized or finished with an exclusive chrome look
  • Tape runners and cable drum are hard anodized for a hard durable and corrosion resistant finish
  • Side plates and creaser arms are constructed of stainless steel for strength;
  • Stainless steel drive chains;
  • Adjustable paw roller systems lets you run the tension you prefer and adjust for wear;
  • Adjustable cutter spring system allows for tension adjustment and easy blade change adjustment;
  • Open cutter spring system provides strength and allows for easy cleaning and lubrication;
  • New split cover cap allows for easy cleaning and access to cable for quick replacement;
  • Holds up to a 500 ft standard 2” tape roll;
  • Cuts tape with a simple pull;
  • Automatically feeds tape and mud simultaneously to reduce work time.

Level 5 v NorthStar Taping tools – the battle

Level 5 Automatic Taper

  • Brand new model
  • Industry preferred features
  • Operates smoothly
  • Built with durable materials for reliability
  • Easy and cost effective to repair
  • Lightweight and ergonomic design
  • Lightweight, durable tape holder and creaser
  • Trigger assembly – no hinges to break or fail
  • Adjustable spring tensioner
  • Adjustable roller brake
  • Precision machines
  • Moulded cutter tube guide for smooth cutting
  • Stainless steel drum

Level 5 v NorthStar Taping tools – the battle

Order your taper online today

Well, we think you’ll agree that both of these tapers are pretty darn special! To find out more about our extensive range of tools and equipment, which are all designed to make a tapers life that much easier, take a browse through our online shop today. Or, if the automatic taper battle has swayed your loyalty, you can order your online taper today. You can also get in touch with us if you have any questions, or to find out more.

Find out how you can make huge savings on our taping tools with our Taping Tool Kit Builder, featuring DeWalt and Level 5 taping tools.

Taping Tool Service Packages Available



Buying a taping tool can be a great investment for the future, especially when it’s used for a job which you do on a regular basis. Not only will your drywall finishing become easier and more effective, but, when it’s a taping tool which comes from a reputable and high quality brand such as Level 5, you can be sure that it is one that you will be able to hold on to for quite some time.

When you’ve spent a fair amount on a fine piece of equipment such as an automatic taper, it’s always a good idea to take care of it by getting it serviced regularly, because we know that you’ll want to hold on to your taping tool for a while, that we have our taping tool service packages available.

Gold, Silver & Bronze Packages

Our taping tool service packages are available at three levels – appropriately enough for the summer just gone, they come in gold, silver and bronze!

Gold – For £300 plus VAT you get 12-months cover of up to £500 + VAT on repairs, fre
e tool collection and delivery (which is usually £15+VAT), extra bonuses and a free replacement tool while we fix yours.

Silver – For £200 plus VAT you get 12-months cover of up to £300 + VAT on repairs, free tool collection and delivery (which is usually £15+VAT), extra bonuses and an optional low cost replacement tool while we fix yours (£25+VAT for an automatic taper and £10+VAT for any other item).

Bronze – For £100 plus VAT you get 12-months cover of up to £150 + VAT on repairs, 50% off tool collection and delivery (which is usually £15+VAT), extra bonuses and an optional replacement tool while we fix yours (£37.80+VAT for automatic taper, £20.40+VAT for any other item).

Ensure Your Taping Tool Stays in Top Form

Taping tools such as the Level 5 Automatic Taper are built to last and save you time, effort and money in the process. To avoid expensive repair costs and get the best quality results and longest life out of your taping tool, it’s always a good idea to ensure it stays in top form. The way to do this is by getting it serviced regularly.

Contact Gypsumtools to discuss your requirements

If you would like to find out more about our taping tool packages, discover which one is right for you and reap the benefits that come with them, get in touch with us today to find out more.

Find out how you can make huge savings on our taping tools with our Taping Tool Kit Builder, featuring DeWalt and Level 5 taping tools.