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7 Common Types of Drywall

A Brief Background on Drywall

Drywall is a necessary material for both residential and commercial properties. It is also known as:

  • Wallboard
  • Gypsum board
  • Sheetrock

Drywall is frequently used to repair or renovate walls/ceilings, or as the scaffolding for decorative installations. The most common type of drywall consists of gypsum plaster covered in paper. It is a lightweight and cost-effective construction material that consists of sheets taped together. Adhesives, nails, and screws fasten these sheets to building frames.

The Many Kinds of Drywall

Drywall is a popular construction material used in countless home improvement projects due to its durability, fire resistance, and versatility. As a result, there are various types of drywall products on the market. Knowing which drywall variety is best for your home project is critical when making an informed decision.

Here are 7 common types of drywall and their key characteristics:

  1. Regular Drywall – Also known as “White Board”, this is the most popular and affordable drywall option. It usually comes in 4 x 8 panels, ranging from ⅜ inch to 1 inch thick.
  2. Paperless Drywall – This type of drywall is covered with fiberglass and rougher than most varieties. The fiberglass helps preserve the gypsum board from rot, mildew, and mold.
  3. Green Board Drywall – This drywall is moisture resistant, slightly more expensive, and frequently used in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and laundry rooms.
  4. Blue Board Drywall – Sometimes referred to as plaster baseboard, this drywall variety offers absorption qualities – making it water- and mold-resistant. It is excellent for projects dealing with veneer plastering.
  5. Purple Drywall – This is the type to choose when installing drywall in a wet environment, such as a steamy bathroom. It is nearly waterproof and mold resistant.
  6. Soundproof Drywall – This option is denser than other drywall and consist of wood fibers, gypsum, and polymers – a combination that boosts its soundproof qualities. It is ideal for music rooms.
  7. Type X & Type C Drywall – Fire-resistant drywall is categorized into Type X and Type C varieties. Type C drywall is twice as effective as Type X drywall at retarding fire. Comprised of non-combustible fibers, it is ten times more fire-resistant than standard drywall. Several building codes require Type X or C drywall. These varieties are also ideal for garages and apartment buildings. The thicker the drywall, the higher its fire rating. Due to their thickness, however, Type X and Type C drywall can be difficult to cut and handle.

Choosing the correct length and width is crucial when preparing for a successful drywall project. Drywall sizes measure between 8 to 14 inches long and ¼-inch to 5/8-inches thick. Reinforced (thicker) boards will better resist sound, fire, moisture, and mold than their thinner counterparts. At Mr. Handyman of Greater Syracuse, our expert technicians are ready to help you pick the right option.

The Many Benefits of Professional Drywall Installation

Drywall is the primary construction material for walls and ceilings. It can also used to create:

  • Ceiling coffers
  • Arched openings
  • Partitions
  • Shelves
  • Recessed lighting
  • Moldings
  • And much more!

Many homeowners and builders also appreciate drywall because it is easy to remove during renovations. However, its versatility comes with downsides as well. Drywall can be easily broken, cracked, stained, and smashed. If your drywall needs to be repaired or patched, give Mr. Handyman of Greater Syracuse a call right away!

We’re proud to be so much more than your average handyman service. Our skilled professionals deliver exceptional results every time. We have the versatility and experience to replace your drywall affordably and seamlessly. We are so confident in our workmanship that we back it with the Neighborly Done Right Promise®. If any issue arises with a drywall repair or installation service, we promise to rectify the situation quickly. Just contact our team within 6 months of the initial service, and we will follow up on your service request – with no surcharges or hassling. Backed by industry-grade tools and expert techniques, our specialists are committed to getting the job done right!

To learn more about our drywall services, contact us online or give our team a call at (315) 544-3202 today!