Types Of Partitioning

Composite Partitions

Composite office partitions are an aluminum framed system constructed from panels manufactured with outer layers, normally lightweight plasterboard, bonded to core such as paper egg crate.  This aluminum framework is 50 mm thick and can be SAA or color coated to finish.  Glazed windows can be formed, single or double glazed, utilizing clip-in PVC glazing beads.
Composite partitioning is a widely used partitioning type as it is quick, cost effective and relocates able basic system.  On the other hand, it is neither fire rated nor does it provide much acoustic insulation.

Glass/ Glazed Partitions

Glass or silicon glazed partitions are constructed entirely of glass held in place with head and floor detail and with joints filled with silicon mastic. Glass partitioning systems are available that produce a frameless appearance to the partitioning. Curved or straight panels can be installed.
Glass partitions create a light and airy environment, ideal for modern open plan offices.
This type of partitioning is normally constructed as single glazed units. Double glazed glass partitions have the advantage of better sound insulation. Blinds can also be included between the sheets of glass if extra privacy is required. Decorative films can be applied to the glass, with, for example, the company logo. There are even glazed partitioning systems where the transparency of the partitions can be altered by flicking a switch.
Glazed partitions are not normally fire rated but can be made more fire rated with special glass. They are, however, easy to relocate if necessary.
Doors are normally glass but can be solid if needed. They can be fitted on patch hinges, floor mounts or sliding rails (where space is at a premium), in frames or frameless systems. They can also be automated if required.

Proprietary Aluminum Systems/Stud Partitioning

Proprietary aluminum system office partitions (also known as Stud Partitioning) are made with single or double layers of normal plaster wallboard fixed each side of the studwork framing.  Solid panel joints can be covered with clip-on aluminum sections, which can be SAA or color coated, or taped and filled to give a seamless flush wall. Some stud partitioning systems use timber trims. Glazed windows can be incorporated into the partitioning, single or double glazed, utilizing frames or clip-in PVC glazing beads. These often incorporate venetian blinds.
Doorframes can be proved to match the system framework and fitted with suitable veneered doors and appropriate ironmongery. 

This type of office partition is fire rated and can be upgraded utilizing a mineral fiber or fiberglass infill to provide good acoustic performance.  Stud partitioning is a flexible product that can easily be configured to a particular design and can be finished in a wide range of options whist remaining a relatively cost effective system.



Plasterboard/Drywall Partitions

 Plasterboard office partitions and walls are non load bearing, and are constructed using dry techniques. They can be used in all types of buildings including private housing, commercial and industrial buildings. The range covers all applications providing simple space division, through to high performance walls designed to meet the most demanding fire resistance, sound insulation, strength, robustness and height requirements.
Plasterboard office partitions and walls are constructed using lightweight materials which can give rise to significant savings in structural design compared to the masonry alternatives.  Plasterboard linings are not suitable for use in areas subject to continuously damp or humid conditions. They are also not suitable for use in temperatures above 49°C but can be subjected to freezing conditions without risk of damage.
Plasterboard is designated a ‘material of limited combustibility’ within the national building regulations. For optimum sound insulation all junctions have to be airtight; this is achieved by sealing all gaps between boards with standard sealant materials.
Plasterboard partitioning is very versatile as it can be used to create either very simple structures or complex partitioning including curved walls. The basic product can be upgraded to increase its fire acoustic or thermal ratings. It is the ideal partitioning to use where unusual height is required such as in lobbies or factory/warehouse sites.

Timber/Wood Partitions

 Modular timber partitioning systems produce a practical and creative office environment in a traditional style. This simplified method of building wood partitions ensures complete flexibility and re-locate ability to meet the challenges of your ‘modern office fitting out’ needs.
These systems come with an extensive choice of hardwoods lacquered to enhance the finish and glazing options for partial privacy. Further privacy can also be achieved with the use of venetian blinds. Bespoke partitioning can be created in timber to give a unique look to your workspace.
Timber/wooden partitioning systems can be fire rated and provide superior acoustic protection too.


Steel Partitions

 Steel partitions can be single or double skinned, of solid or mesh construction. This type of partitioning can be used to construct a freestanding structure, for example to create a secure area in a factory. Steel partitions are a cost effective and durable solution.
Higher specification steel partitioning can be used where a clean environment is required. Certain hospital rooms and clean rooms often have steel partitions for this reason. In addition, they are easy to relocate, light and quick to install.