Drywall Offers a Quick, Smooth Wall Finish
Drywall is the most popular building material in the industry for finishing walls. It is affordable, quick to install, and gives a smooth, clean finish that is easily painted. Gypsum and drywall are technically not the same thing, but the terms are often used interchangeably. Gypsum is a component of most drywall, while drywall is the technical name for the finished product that is usually made up of gypsum that is bound in a paper shell. There are a variety of drywall offerings on the market, but here are some of the most popular options along with four of the top brands.
Drywall comes in several different configurations for different uses. Drywall for moisture-rich environments, for instance, is constructed of different materials than drywall for standard or fire-resistant applications. Here are several of the most common drywall options. They are far from the only options.
Lightweight drywall weighs 25-30% less than standard drywall, which makes it ideal for ceilings and other elevated applications where weight and sagging can be significant factors. Contrary to intuition, lightweight drywall is usually stronger than standard drywall and less prone to breakage. Lightweight drywall comes in 8′, 9′, 10′, and 12′ lengths and is usually 1/2″ thick. Lee Lumber stocks 4’x8’x ½” lightweight drywall – ready for delivery!
Type-X or Fire-Rated Drywall
Fire-rated drywall increases a wall’s fire rating to a minimum of 1 hour, up from the 30-minute rating of standard drywall. In most cases, fire-resistant drywall is denser and thus heavier than standard drywall. The core material usually contains glass fibers to prevent crumbling during fire. This denser core generally reduces sound penetration as well. This type of drywall is usually required by code on walls separating an attached garage from living space and in other places where there is an increased risk of high heat and fire. Lee Lumber stocks Type-X Fire-Rated drywall in 4’x8’x5/8” – 4’x9’x5/8” – 4’x10’x5/8’ and 4’x12’x5/8” – Ready for Delivery.
Water-resistant drywall is designed for use in bathrooms and other places where water damage is possible and where humidity is high. This drywall has a denser core that is surrounded by moisture-resistant paper (usually wax-embedded). It tends to be denser and heavier than standard drywall and offers increased sound attenuation. Lee Lumber stocks 4’x8’x1/2” and 4’x8’x5/8” water resistant drywall, ready for Delivery to your jobsite.
There are a number of manufacturers in the drywall industry, but only a handful make tried-and-true products. Because drywall is an integral part of a home and can last a lifetime if cared for properly, it pays to invest in top-quality brands. With drywall, the solution is to do it once, the right way, and enjoy years of maintenance-free beauty.
National Gypsum specializes in wall finishing systems, including drywall. The company offers a standard drywall as well as several specialty products including two mold-resistant options, impact-resistant drywall, high-strength drywall, high-flex drywall, acoustical drywall, fire-resistant drywall, and panels for use in ceiling applications. National Gypsum also offers full lines of ceiling board and gypsum board accessories as well as a full line of finishing products.
Georgia Pacific makes the ToughRock® brand of drywall. The company offers water-resistant drywall, lightweight drywall, fire-resistant drywall, and high-impact drywall. All of the company’s products lower sound penetration, but some are more effective than others at reducing noise.
CertainTeed is a leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly building products. It offers standard gypsum as well as specialty gypsum for moisture resistance, sound attenuation, impact resistance, and for improving indoor air quality. The company is the maker of Easi-Lite® drywall, which is 30% lighter than standard gypsum.
USG is the maker of Sheetrock® brand drywall along with several other well-known brands like Fiberock®, Imperial®, and Rocklath®. The company produces flexible, fiber-reinforced, fire-resistant, glass-mat, and plaster-based drywall options. USG also makes lightweight drywall, high moisture solutions, and impact-resistant options.