If your home was built in the last five decades, it probably has drywall. It’s the modern equivalent to wall plaster, which was applied by hand. And it’s being used in all new home constructions. It’s a low-cost material that’s easy to install, and it will be your best choice when choosing a material to cover the framing inside your walls and ceilings.
What Goes into Drywall
Drywall is made of gypsum, which is the same material that’s in wall plaster. It’s a nontoxic material that can be found in many parts of the world, and it has been mined in a number of countries. It consists of calcium and sulfur that’s bound to both oxygen and water, and the crystals can be ground up into a white powder that’s made into a solid mass when its mixed with water.
A single panel of drywall is made of a gypsum core that’s wrapped inside several layers of paper, and liquid gypsum is poured onto the paper during the manufacturing process. A central layer of aerated gypsum is added, which is followed by another thick layer of gypsum before more paper is sandwiched on top. Each sheet is extruded so the thickness is even throughout and so a taper can be formed on the longer edges, while the shorter edges are cut in accordance to various panel lengths. The front-facing layer is called the “face paper” and is usually white, while the back paper is a shade of light brown that’s similar to butcher paper.
Types and Sizes of Drywall
Drywall is made in 4-foot-wide panels (also called “sheets”), and they can be cut into 8-foot or 16-foot lengths. The standard thickness for the walls and ceiling of a home is a half an inch, but they can come in the following thicknesses:
- 1/4 inch
- 3/8 inch
- 5/8 inch
Drywall is typically meant for an interior installation, and it needs to be in a place that will stay continuously dry.
There are other types of specialty drywall, which can include:
- Moisture-resistant drywall — Also called “greenboard” because of the color its face paper, they can be installed in bathrooms and other areas with a high humidity level.
- Fire-rated drywall — Will be used on the walls of garages and other areas that need to be resistant to fire.
- Flexible drywall — A thin panel that can be placed around curved areas of a home or other structure.
There are other types of drywall that can be used for installing ceramic tile, and they’re made of fiberglass or some other polymer that’s more resistant to water damage.
Corpus Christi’s Experts in Drywall Restoration!
If you’re looking for the best place for drywall restoration in the Coastal Bend, Phillips Roofing and Restoration has an expert team that can take care of it for you. There are several things that have made us one of the city’s top choices for home restoration:
- We’re family owned and operated.
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Feel free to contact us to find out how we can help you with your home restoration today!