Partition Walls are not designed to be load bearing. Ie, they will not provide support for ceilings, roofs, or act as structural reinforcement for any part of a building. They are primarily designed to be aesthetic or functional in appearance, and for partitioning areas of space in offices, houses, industrial units, schools, and more.For this reason, the materials used in partition walls do not necessarily need to be of heavyweight or strong materials. However, they are often made of strong materials out of requirements rather than anything else.
The materials used are typically steel panels, bricks, cloth, plastic, plasterboard, wood, clay blocks, concrete, and glass, or any combination thereof.
For glass, this is purely an aesthetic choice, and is mainly used in offices in areas such as reception or front of house. Glass is also used for areas where solid walls may cut out too much light. the glass panels tend to be constructed of smaller glass blocks, but it is entirely possible to use larger glass panes if required. They may be suspended from or slide along a robust aluminium ceiling track.
Timber or wooden partition walls are generally of a wooden framework construction. There is normally additional reinforcement by attaching to side walls or by the use of steel supports. Wood is a cheap and convenient way of adding walls, and are usually covered by a plasterboard skim , or in the case of movable walls, fabric is often used. For wet areas such as kitchens or bathrooms, a water resistant fibre cement board is often used. Plain or reinforced partition walls which get used in industrial areas (and therefore not particularly reliant on aesthetics) may also be constructed from concrete, including cast concrete blocks. Metal framed partitioning is also available.
There are many other types, with new ones being developed all the time. If you are unsure which type you need, please give us a call.