The popularity of drywall has remained the same and even more booming since its invention in 1916 and rapid growth of sales in the 1940s. The main function of this irreplaceable material is to create and/or cover large, flat surfaces. It is made by compressing gypsum plaster to create rigid sheets, which are covered on each side with thick paper, and supplied in standard sizes (4 x 8 feet is the most common). A range of its options varies from colour and thickness, size and type of edge to its functionality and can disorientate amateurs.
- Sheet size and thickness
Keep in mind that the most common size is 4 x 8 feet and the most common thicknesses are 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch.Though much larger lengths are also available. Choosing a size take drywall that minimizes the number of necessary seams. You will need thicker sheets if there is a large gap between studs or joists and nails or screws will be far apart.
The colour of standard drywall sheet is pale grey or ivory from one side, the other side is darker grey or brown. During your drywall installation put the lighter surface facing into the room.
- correct edge
If you are going to plaster walls and ceilings, choose square-edged sheets, taper-edged sheets are ideal for drywalling.
For kitchen or bathroom drywall installation as a base for tiles or other areas of high water usage choose moisture-resistant type.
For cold climate conditions or humid climates choose foil-backed that have paper on one side and a silver foil-like layer on non decorative side. They are vapor-resistant
For integral garage ceilings and walls, some corridors and stairwells choose abuse-resistant produced with a thick polystyrene layer bonded to the non decorative side. They provide higher heat insulation.
For apartments or condos soundproof drywalls is the greatest option. For areas with a high level of moisture, for basement or bathroom installation drywall use mold-resistant. It is usually produced in purple color and made to resist the growth of mold and mildew.
Being as simple as it looks, drywall is incredible and versatile material, qualities of which vary and can be adapted to very specific purposes of proper drywall installation.