Drywall comes in many names. They are also referred to as the wallboard, plasterboard, and gypsum board. Drywall is composed of two very thick sheets bounded by gypsum plaster. When it was first used in the 1950s for interior walling, plaster became less popular. This is because drywall is very easy to install and is not as expensive as plaster.
Right now, almost all homes in the US use drywall for their interior walls. There are actually different types of drywall and each has a special function. The right one to use will depend on the project that you want to finish. Here are some of the most popular types.
1. Traditional Drywall
Regular or traditional drywall is the most common type used in homes. It’s usually white and may size anywhere between 3/8 to an inch thick. It has a length of 8 to 10 feet, although there are some that can be customized to 16 feet in length. As for its width, it’s usually 48 inches. The edges of this drywall are tapered so it’s easy to use a joint compound or a drywall tape to make the plaster finish.
2. Green Board Type
Green board type, as its name suggests, has green covering. It’s moisture-resistant and is best used in laundry rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. While it is moisture-resistant, this drywall board is not waterproof so be careful when using it with water.
3. Blue Board Type
The blue board type is also moisture-resistant, and veneer plastering is its most common use. It’s very resistant to mold and high water because of its good absorption quality. Like the green type, this is also used in bathrooms and in places where there’s high moisture. Blue board drywall can also help reduce noise.
4. Paperless Drywall
Drywall is usually made of two sheets of paper bonded together by gypsum. However, there’s also paperless drywall and it’s made of fiberglass instead. Fiberglass is more resistant to mold, mildew, and moisture. That’s the reason why this type of drywall is used in areas where there is high humidity. It is also resistant to moisture although it is not supposed to be exposed to water directly.
5. Purple Drywall
For areas where water contact is inevitable, the purple drywall serves as your best choice. It works just like the other drywall that is highly resistant to mold and moisture.
6. Cement Board
The cement board drywall is quite popular for areas where there’s a good chance of water contact. That’s why it’s usually installed in shower and bath areas. It can also be used as a base for ceramic tiles. This type of drywall is made of special fiber-reinforced cement, which results in a rigid board.
These are the types of drywall that you can possibly use in your home. If you need help in taping drywall, you need to hire professional drywall contractors to help you out. They have the expertise to install these materials as interior walls in your home to make it ready for painting or wallpapering.