What is Drywall?
Drywall is one of the many versatile building materials used to construct modern homes. Drywall is used to create or cover walls and ceilings, and often, stud walls prior to finishing The advantage of drywall compared to other materials is that it allows for a smooth, invisible finish that can be painted over (with no need for sanding) creating the illusion of the wall or ceiling being one complete piece.
How to Choose Drywall?
It might be a surprise to many, but there are actually several different types of drywall. When it comes to your project, it’s best to consult with a pro on which drywall usage is best for your home. Continue reading to learn more about the different types of drywall and what they are best used for.
Types of Drywall
Regular drywall is the most common type of drywall used in homes. It is also referred to as white board and is the most basic type of drywall. It is mainly used in living or bedrooms and does not have any special features, such as mold and mildew resistance.
Mold Resistant Drywall
Mold resistant drywall, also known as green board, is similar to regular drywall except with a few extra components. Green board is a little bit thicker and also has a wax coating to offer moisture resistance. While the wax helps to prevent a build-up of moisture, it’s not fully waterproof. For that reason, this drywall is great for use in areas that are prone to high humidity, such as bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms.
Plaster board also known as blue board is used as a base for plaster. Its surface is made to absorb the plaster, allowing it to stick to it. In fact, mud, tape, or paint won’t actually stick and look finished if used, unlike regular drywall. Blue board is water and mold resistant and also helps to reduce noise. If you are looking to incorporate a more traditional plaster wall into your home, this drywall is for you.
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Paperless drywall is very similar to regular drywall, except rather than using paper the board is finished with fibreglass. The fibreglass gives the drywall more durability and more resistance to water. It is more expensive than regular drywall, but is becoming more popular for the long-lasting durability.
Stronger Mold Resistant Drywall
Purple board is very similar to green board, as it also is mold resistant. However, the purple board is more mold resistant than the green board. It is constructed to have more durability against water compared to green boards and is often used when there may be actual water contact, not just moisture or humidity.
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Type X and type C are the two kinds of fire-resistant drywall. Constructed with fibreglass, rather than just gypsum material, it burns slower than regular drywall. This drywall is commonly used in basements, garages, and anywhere close to potential fire hazards. The only difference between type x and type c is that type c does not shrink when it burns and it is mostly used on ceilings to prevent them from collapsing in the event of a fire.
Soundproof drywall is made up of laminated drywall as well as a mix of wood fibres, gypsum, and other polymers. This mix of materials makes this drywall more dense than others which gives it its soundproofing characteristics. This drywall is best used in noisier rooms to prevent sounds from escaping to the rest of the home, such as living rooms, basements, or music studios.
Cost for Drywall Projects in Canada:
*Costs based on 2,093 verified Canadian homeowner reviews as of March 2022
Every room in your home serves a different purpose. As such, you may need to use one or many types of drywall throughout your home. Installing the right type of drywall in the space can make a huge difference in the final product of your home renovation project. We recommend that you take the time to learn about the different types of drywall and consult with a pro to make the best decision for your home. If you’re interested in learning more about which drywall you should choose, or are looking to get started on your home renovation project, be sure to get connected with a local verified pro today!