Drywall has become one of the most popular materials for installing walls and ceilings of modern homes. However, not everybody knows that drywall comes in different types specifically designed for the area in which they are to be installed. One common mistake of DIY homebuilders is to choose only one kind of drywall for all the walls and ceilings of their home. While this may save them a few bucks, not installing the correct drywall for a specific type of room may end up having substandard walls and ceilings that will get damaged easily.
We at St Louis Drywall Pros know our drywall by heart, and we know which type of drywall is best suited for each specific area of your home to give it the best performance. To provide you with an idea of what we do best, we install the five types of drywall in homes and commercial spaces.
Regular Drywall. Grey-colored or regular drywall is the most common drywall that people know. As with all types of drywall, it is made of a gypsum core sandwiched between two paper layers. The grey side of the drywall is the front, while the brown side is the backside. Regular drywall comes in 4x6 feet sheets and can be installed to cover walls and ceilings throughout a house or office space. If you want a cheap installation of your walls and ceilings, this drywall sells for an average of $12 per sheet. Our team can install this type of drywall throughout your home. However, we suggest that you use other types of drywall for specific areas of your home for optimum performance.
Green Drywall. While most drywall manufacturers have improved the quality of their regular drywall, they can only resist mold growth to a certain extent. Rooms in your home with high moisture content will need wall and ceiling coverings resistant to mold growth. For these rooms, our company recommends mold-resistant green drywall. Green drywall will usually cost 20% more than regular drywall, but installing it in your bathrooms is worth the extra costs.
Purple Drywall. If you have enough budget, we recommend installing purple drywall in areas with high traffic. While purple drywall is 30% more expensive than regular drywall, they are resistant to moisture and mold growth. Purple drywall is also more durable since it will repel water that can cause it to warp or bend.
Fire Resistant. Drywall manufacturers have developed drywall that is inherently fire-resistant to a certain extent. However, when you have a commercial establishment, you will need to have drywall with higher fire-resistant ratings to pass building codes and standards. Fire-resistant or Type-X drywall has a one-hour fire rating, the average for passing commercial building codes.
Sound Dampening. If you have areas in your home where you need peace, our company recommends installing sound dampening drywall. Sound dampening drywall is four times more expensive than regular drywall. Still, its noise reduction capabilities make it an excellent investment for covering the walls of your home theatre or entertainment room. Likewise, we highly recommend this type of drywall for conference rooms.
When installing wall and ceiling coverings, it is best to know the different types of drywall available for use. Call our drywall experts to help you select which type of drywall is best for each room of your home.