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4 types of drywall

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Choosing the correct type of drywall is key to it lasting for many years. There are four types of drywall and each has its own benefits. Typically your local building codes will dictate the type of drywall to use in each area of your home.

1. Standard

This is the most common and economical drywall used in home interiors. It consists of a gypsum core sandwiched between two layers of heavy duty paper. Standard drywall is available in assorted thicknesses and sizes and is easy to install. It’s also available in a lightweight version which is 25 percent lighter. Both standard and lightweight drywall are not suitable for areas prone to moisture.

2. Mould/moisture resistant

This drywall has a paperless surface on both sides and an additional coating to prevent mould and moisture. Use in areas of your home that are prone to moisture like bathrooms, kitchens, basements and laundry rooms. It is engineered to resist water but is not waterproof. Note that it is not suitable for high-moisture shower enclosures, use cement backer board instead.

3. Fire resistant

This drywall is thicker than standard drywall and contains a fibreglass additive in the gypsum core. It is engineered to inhibit the progress of fire to give people enough time to escape the structure. Basically, fire resistant drywall will stand up against fire longer than other types of drywall. It is fire-rated, not fireproof. Local building codes could require this drywall in proximity to furnaces and boilers and in attached garages.

4. Soundproof

If too much noise is a problem in your home then soundproof drywall can help. It is thicker than standard drywall and has a core engineered to reduce noise from travelling between walls and ceilings. Often, home renovators will use a double layer of standard drywall as a soundproofing solution. Using a single layer of soundproof drywall instead will give you a much better sound dampening result. For the absolute best soundproofing, combine soundproof drywall with acoustic batt insulation and acoustic sealant to effectively reduce unwanted sound in your home.

Now you know what type of drywall you need for your project, pick up your supplies from your local TIMBER MART. We can help point you in the right direction!

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