What Kind Of Drywall Should You Choose?
When it comes to drywall, you’ve got options. Find out which kind you should use for your next project.
Choosing the right drywall
Builders and contractors are fortunate enough to be faced with a variety of drywall products to choose from, but with so many options available, it can be hard to determine the best product for the job at hand. When choosing a gypsum board, it’s important to know what’s available and the unique benefits each type can bring to a project.
Best drywall for wet and damp areas?
- Moisture-and-mold resistant drywall is best used for interior walls, especially in areas like kitchens, bathrooms or basements.
- The best gypsum boards for these areas have moisture-resistant cores that prevent water and moisture intrusion from seeping into the board itself.
- Moisture-and-mold resistant drywall should also be coupled with fiberglass mesh finishing tapes, rather than standard tapes. Standard paper tapes may actually erode the value of the drywall by inadvertently housing moisture within the paper.
- Products like CertainTeed’s M2Tech® Moisture & Mold Resistant Drywall are a great all-around choice because they achieve the highest standards for mold-and-moisture resistance set by ASTM, while protecting against mold, which can be expensive and time-consuming to fix.
- Fire-rated design is required in many commercial and multi-family residential buildings, a result of increasingly stringent safety standards intended to help better protect building occupants when disaster strikes. When undertaking these kinds of builds, it’s critical that products used meet the standards set by ASTM International, to stay up to code while benefitting the occupant.
- Fire-resistant gypsum boards consist of a specially-formulated, dense core compared to traditional gypsum boards, creating a barrier that’s harder for fire to penetrate.
- While not completely fireproof, fire-rated gypsum boards are designed to delay the spread of fire and extend the time a person has to leave the building. As an added benefit, these boards are typically stronger and resistant to repeated use and abuse.
- Products with a fire-resistant core, like CertainTeed’s Type X fire-resistant drywall consist of a solid-set gypsum core enclosed with a strong liner back paper, able to resist increased heat better than traditional gypsum boards.
- For residential builds, like in-home theaters, home offices, or basements, sound-dampening gypsum boards are ideal for retaining sound and acoustics in a confined space.
- For commercial spaces, like offices, patient waiting rooms or school classrooms, sound-dampening gypsum boards are ideal because they provide privacy and improve the occupant’s focus.
- Products like CertainTeed’s SilentFX® QuickCut™ noise-reducing drywall features two specially formulated gypsum cores designed to improve sound attenuation and dampen unwanted noises, all while meeting STC (Sound Transmission Class) standards.
CertainTeed Gypsum for Construction Pro Tips
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