Drywall is a panel made of gypsum plaster that is pressed between two sheets of thick paper. The reason it is valuable to the construction process is because it adheres to wood or metal studs by use of nails or screws. The most popular brand of this drywall goes by the name of Sheetrock, but these terms are often used interchangeably.
To make drywall last longer, it is key that you select the correct drywall for your specific project. There are four general categories to choose from, each one offering different benefits.
This type of drywall is used frequently in construction taking place in residential areas. Some of the reason standard drywall is popular is because it is suitable for ceilings and walls and is perfect for finishing a basement.
Drywall that is mold resistant is essential if you live in a climate that is humid. It comes with a paperless backing that prevents the build-up of mold. It also assists to extend the appearance of walls or ceilings in humid or damp areas, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.
This particular type of drywall is designed with glass fibers and is thicker than other variations. This makes it perfect for rooms that experience extreme heat such as garages and utility rooms. If a fire were to ever break out, this drywall would help prevent the spread and speed of the flames. Fire resistant drywall also generates less smoke than the other types. It is required by most building codes that fire resistant drywall is used in these areas of the home.
Nothing is more frustrating than thin walls. There is a peace of mind that can be felt by knowing that you are not being heard and a relief that comes from not being distracted by noises emanating from another room. Soundproof drywall is designed to reduce the noise between rooms. It is much thicker than the standard drywall, and has a noise canceling core.