Drywall is used in the construction of walls and ceilings; architects, also use drywall to create different designs such as arches, eaves among other architectural specialties. The reason why this product has gained popularity in the construction industry around the globe since its discovery is because it is quick and easy to install, it is also durable and doesn’t cost much to repair when damaged.
During its premier years, drywall went by the name Sackett board and retailed in the form of small fireproof tiles, and within no time it started retailing in multi-layer gypsum and paper sheets. In the contemporary society, drywall has attained some rather many aka’s and your will, therefore, find it going by the names, gypsum boards, sheetrock, wallboard, custard board, buster board, and gypsum panel.
Drywall vs Sheetrock
Word in the construction circles says that sheetrock is a variation of drywall, thus their manufacture is the same; so the only notable difference is in the chemicals used. The inner core of drywall is, therefore, made of the gypsum plaster that has incorporated various additives, known to increase mildew and fire resistance, water, and wax emulsion.
The gypsum plaster consists of a mix of EDTA, a foaming agent, plasticizer, fiber, and finely ground gypsum, which is used as an accelerator. You will, therefore, find that the drywall panel constitutes a paper liner that has been wrapped around the inner core. So to make the drywall, the wet gypsum is sandwiched between two sheets of the fiberglass mats or heavy paper, the gypsum plaster will then dry up resulting in a strong enough sandwich that can be used as a building material.
Types of drywall
- The purple drywall– is normally used in areas that require enhanced mold and moisture resistance and can, therefore, be adopted in wall and ceiling applications.
- The green board drywall– is characteristic of a green covering which automatically makes it resistant to moisture. In-home construction the green board drywall will be used in limited wet areas, such as the laundry and utility rooms, in the kitchen, bathroom, and on the basement walls. Important to note is that this product is not waterproof but comes at a steep price.
- Soundproof drywall– is much denser than the other types of drywall, and has, therefore, been made with effective soundproofing characteristics. Its construction consists of a mix of wood fibers, polymers that are meant to increase the soundproofing characteristics and gypsum. This type of drywall is normally used in areas where silence is necessary.
- The whiteboard “regular drywall”- has two colors, white and brown on the sides, the wall comes in different sizes and is the most economic, with thickness differences beginning from 3/8 inches to one inch. The whiteboard also turns out to be the most budget-friendly when compared to other types of drywall and you can find it in four by eight-foot panels.
- Paperless drywall- just like its name it has incorporated fiberglass instead of paper in its manufacture as the top cover. The use of fiberglass is to protect the gypsum board from mold and mildew and prevent rot.
The only notable challenge with using this type of drywall is achieving a smooth clean finish, which can be done by applying the joint compound.
- Blueboard drywall – has incorporated a surface paper with special absorption qualities, and goes by the name plaster baseboard. The popularity of the drywall is because it has excellent water and mold resistance qualities and is, therefore, used for veneer plastering.
- Type X drywall- is the construction type of drywall that is even recommended by the various building codes. The latter is because of its fire-resistant qualities, you will, therefore, find it in apartment buildings, and garage rooms.
If you are thinking of making some of your rooms sound and fireproof then this is the drywall product to settle with because it also has soundproofing qualities thanks to the 5/8 inch thickness.
Sheetrock is a brand of drywall, and is, therefore, classified as drywall; the sheets are normally available in 8-foot segments, and you will have to cut them to the required sizes. Over the years bricks have been used in the construction of walls in the homes, offices, and factories; so while some people would need to build temporary structures for a period of time, using bricks tends to make things much more permanent than intended and that is where sheetrock comes in.
And the best part of all this is that you will purchase the respective sheetrock with regards to application and needs. As discussed above there are different types of drywall with varied qualities and prices; so while drywall will work perfectly in blocking out noise and preventing the house from being consumed by accidental fires it also has some downsides that are worth considering if you decide to take on this route.
Unlike the cement wall, achieving a flawless and smooth look from the drywall is a pipe dream and even if you manage to get something close to perfection with your drywall one little accident will be your worst nightmare, as it will scratch, gouge, dent or create a hole on the drywall. You, therefore, don’t have to stick by the dry walls as there are many other alternatives that can be adapted for different applications.
For example, we have the cement boards that turn out to be more, sturdy, and strong than drywall, they also come at a steep price but are, however, recommended for people who want a mold, moisture, and water-resistant wall material.
We also have the wood planks that are used in making the walls of a home; their advantage is that they are fairly warm and can be installed to a metal or wood framing, even better is that homeowners have the liberty to choose from the different types of wood finishes and wood.
Advantages of using drywall
While there are many better and cheaper alternatives to using drywall in your home or office, sheetrock has also garnered some admirable qualities that have made it popular. Drywall is, therefore, easy to install and will not take up much of your time, Drywall is also durable but that depends on the type of drywall that you choose to settle with, in which case we recommend the type X drywall.