The Different Types of Drywall

Whether remodeling or constructing a new home, drywall is a constant concern when working with walls or ceilings. The amount of options can seem overwhelming, but researching the type of material best for your home can save you money, time, and stress. You may have made the proper measurements, but which drywall sheets are the best for you? Take a look at some of the options on the market today.

Square- vs. Taper-Edged

Two sides of the same drywall coin, these two variants are the most common type of drywall and made of standard materials. The difference lies in their application; square-edged drywall is best if you plan on plastering your walls, as the edges tend to bump up against each other and necessitate further work. Taper-edged drywall is best for detailing or finishing work, as gaps and cracks can be repaired easier.

Note that all types of drywall come in square- and taper-edged variants.

Soundproof

Though more expensive than standard drywall, soundproof drywall is widely used in apartment complexes or any area with a particular need for privacy. Made by replacing the gypsum found in standard drywall with a combination of gypsum, ceramics, and viscoelastic, soundproof drywall is said to be as effective of eight layers of the standard.

Use if you live in particularly close proximity with others.

Moisture-Resistant

Sometimes called “greenboard,” moisture-resistant drywall should, despite its name, avoid coming in direct contact with water. It is good in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, and can prevent mold growth in areas where it is installed.

Fire-Resistant

The spiritual opposite of moisture-resistant drywall, this variant is critical to contain the spread of fire long enough to allow a structure’s inhabitants to evacuate. Because of this, it’s best used in high traffic areas, such as garages, stairs, and some hallways.

Abuse-Resistant
Often used in public places where maintenance is a concern, abuse-resistant drywall can also be used in places such as garages that may sustain impacts of some sort.

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