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DRYWALLING 101: ESSENTIALS TO UNDERSTAND

DRYWALLING 101: ESSENTIALS TO UNDERSTAND

What’s In A Name?

Your drywall contractor may start talking about gypsum board or sheetrock or wallboard or plasterboard and may have you wondering whether you called the right contractor for your drywall repair. Rest assured, these are simply different words for the same thing - drywall. Drywall refers to a panel made of gypsum that is sandwiched between two layers of paper. Drywall construction is the most popular form of wall surfacing in the US. It has replaced the lath and plaster method still found in older homes as it is cheaper, lighter and easier to install. It is also stronger and doesn’t crack as easily.

TYPICAL PANELS

A typical drywall panel is 4 x 8 feet and half an inch thick, though panels are also available in different sizes and thicknesses. Drywall is basically constructed of paper and is therefore vulnerable to moisture. When you contact a Pasadena drywall company, make sure you tell them about the size and location of the new drywall in your home so they can advise you on the best material to use and the most appropriate thickness. Green board for example is water resistant and can withstand high levels of humidity and may be more suitable for certain jobs.

WHAT DO THE PANELS HANG ON?

Drywall has to hang on some kind of wall frame. Wood is the most popular framing material and tends to be most frequently selected by drywall contractors. Your drywall will only look as good as the framing it is hung on, so this is not a stage that can be neglected. Steel can also be used for the framework and has its own benefits. It will not warp or rot, it is fireproof and flexible and cannot be destroyed by termites and other pests. The drywall company you choose can advise on which framing you should consider.