Drywall is a versatile material that is prevalent in every building that you walk past. It goes by names that include: Gypsum board, Gyp board, plasterboard, and sheetrock. If you have no idea what drywall is, let me shade some light for you. The drywall is a building material that is explicitly used for ceilings and walls. It is made from gypsum plastic that is covered with a thick paper.
Gypsum is a naturally occurring product. However, it can also be synthetic: Flue-Gas Desulfurization (FGD). Though FGD is man-made, it is not highly recommended to make drywall because some forms of it are highly toxic.
Drywall can be customized to create various designs depending on the buyer’s desires. The designs include arches eaves or any other architectural feature. Drywall is commonly used in both residential like your home and commercial construction like factories because it easy and cheap to install.
Most homeowners make the installation of drywall their DIY projects. And though it might be relatively cheap to install, one needs the knowledge and a little bit of the installation expertise. So if you are in search of the different types of drywall for your home project or you just want to understand the material in your house, you are in the right place.
Drywall comes in different types depending on the construction project and where you want to install it. Continue reading to learn all the different types of drywall.
Types of DryWall
- Regular Drywall
Regular drywall is also known as standard drywall, is simply the regular drywall without any enhancements. These types of drywall are designed for use in any basic construction. It comes in several thickness levels and also different edge treatments.
Regular drywall is made from non-combustible gypsum, which is also covered with paper material on the face side. After the floor surface has been appropriately prepared, it can accommodate different decorative treatments.
For the installation that needs to be attached to the wood/metal/wall/ceiling frames, this type of drywall would be the best choice. Regular drywall acts as a thermal barrier in roofing assemblies, uniquely when the roofing manufacturer specifies that. The building codes and standards do not advise the use of this drywall because even though it provides some fire resistance, it is not entirely the level of fire resistance required.
Regular dry can also add value to Sound Transmissions Class when it has been properly sealed, particularly in certified sound-rated assembly.
Water damage is a common phenomenon unless you have no water or any source of moisture in your home. For this reason, manufacturers created the moisture-resistant drywall, which is made from either naturally mold resistant fiberglass mats or a moisture coating material. The moisture coating helps prevent or minimize the level of water damage in case of any exposure to water or moisture. Because of its ability to prevent water damage, moisture-resistant drywall is used in either bathrooms or kitchens or places with humidity.
Moisture resistance drywall is similar to regular drywall because of its efficiency and ease of installation. However, it is fitted with a gypsum core and also enhanced with fire resistance material, which improves its fire protection, unlike the regular drywall. The moisture protection product in the drywall protects the material from moisture absorption. So you won’t have about your wall or ceiling getting damaged.
In addition, the drywall also contains an anti-microbial property, which prevents the development of molds in both the core and the surface section of the material.
- Fire Resistance Drywall (Type X Drywall)
According to the building codes and standards, fire-resistant drywall should be used in places like the garage, multifamily homes, commercial buildings, and other housing units. This type of drywall addresses all your concerns about fire safety. Fire resistance drywall is made from a non-combustible core that contains chemically combined water and also glass fibers, which prevent it from getting destroyed in case of a fire.
Fire-Resistance drywall doesn’t mean it is immune to fire; it means that in case of a fire, it can endure the intensity of the flame longer than any other type of drywall. You should also keep in mind that this drywall doesn’t ensure complete safety of the home or building because fire can get in through other openings like vents.
The thickness of the drywall ensures that it stands longer in an open flame. For instance, the one-and-a-half-inch thickness can last for 3o minutes longer than the rest. However, the one and eight thickness sheets can stand up to 60 minutes, of course, with additional properties.
You need the help of a contractor to install the dry walls or someone with the knowledge of your local area and state’s building codes and standards. During installation, small gaps are left between each drywall board to allow the circulation of air/smoke/fire.
Some contractors may use multiple type X drywall to increase the level of fire resistance, especially in areas where the fire is likely to originate from. Even though it doesn’t guarantee extra protection from fire, the drywall will reduce the number of damages that will occur.
Type X drywall is more expensive compared to the other types of drywall
- Sound Resistant Drywall
You have probably been a victim of noisy neighbors, mostly college kids partying overnight or have been on the receiving end of the complaints from neighbors you know how frustrating it can get. If you have wondered how you could minimize that when moving out is not an option, the sound resistant drywall is the answer for you. Sound resistant drywall has increased in popularity as a means of reducing noise transmission.
These type of drywall are made from mineral gypsum placed between layers of paper. The rigid mineral and the sheets of paper give the drywall its dense properties that act as a good conductor of sound. To ensure extra soundproofing abilities, one must consider having extra-thick walls or adding extra insulation in the cavities. Drywall panels are rated highly for Sound Transmission class, meaning that it has better soundproofing abilities.
Quite a rock is an example of a soundproofing panel. The product is highly recommended because it is much effective than synthetic rubber because it combines both the rubber’s elasticity and its thick quality to produce a viscoelastic product.
Though soundproofing drywall is better than other types of drywall in terms of preventing noise, they can only be effective if they are integrated into a complete wall system. Having multiple layers can increase your soundproofing abilities. Nevertheless, too much layer can be expensive and take too much floor space in your home.
This type of drywall is used in walls, ceiling, and sometimes the floors.
- Paperless Drywall
Due to the development of mold and health concerns on the other types of drywall, manufacturers developed paperless drywall to curb the problem. Just like the regular drywall, Paperless drywall contains gypsum core and fiberglass outward covering layers, unlike the other drywall, which are covered with paper.
The gypsum core in the paperless drywall is meant to prevent absorption and damage from water, unlike the gypsum core in the other types of drywall. The water-resistant gypsum core, together with the fiberglass, is meant to prevent the growth of mold by making the drywall resistant to moisture and water. Though the paperless drywall acts as a prevention mechanism, it’s not 100% guaranteed to be mold proof.
Manufacturers recommend using paperless drywall in areas that are likely to develop mold lie kitchens and bathrooms. Nonetheless, just because the material is water-resistant, it is not advisable to expose its water all the time. So do not put it inside a bathroom stall.
The other advantage of using paperless drywall is that the rigidity of fiberglass ensures that the drywall doesn’t get damaged easily.
In spite of its advantages, paperless can be quite expensive compared to the other types of drywall. It is also not readily available, especially in some areas in the United States. Paperless drywall may also have a rough texture which may require applying additional joint compound to get a smooth finish.
- ECO-Friendly Drywall
Drywall has been known to produce greenhouse gases that are harmful to the environment. Because of the gypsum core, there is more production of carbon and also the use of immense energy in the production process. Eco-friendly drywall has gained popularity because they are environmentally friendly and also of quality material; an example is Eco Rock.
Eco-friendly drywall contains water and filters materials to create a product that is both mold and termite resistant. These materials are environmentally friendly. Similarly, fiber waster from both the agricultural and the newspaper industry are entirely compressed.
Drywall is building and construction material that is made from gypsum core and paper. Additional products can also be added to the drywall to create a more resistant product depending on the problem you are trying to avoid. For instance, if you don’t want noise, water, or mold problems, there is a specific type of drywall for that problem.