Learn about different types of drywall

You’re embarking on a major home renovation or home build and you’ll need some drywall work done. Did you know that there are several different types of drywall? A drywall contractor will help you choose one that best suits the application and the activity of where it will be installed. Glacier Drywall Systems in Calgary shares more:

White Board Drywall:

This is the regular type of drywall that is usually brown on one side and white on the other. It’s affordable and comes in different thicknesses and lengths including 8’, 9’, 10’, 12’ and 14’ lengths. White board also comes in 54” wide so that 2 sheets on top of each other fits perfectly in a 9’ wall. This is the most common type of drywall used for residential construction projects.

Green Board Drywall:

As the name suggest, this type of drywall has a green covering. This type is more resistant to moisture and so it’s more expensive that regular white board drywall. Although it’s more resistant to water, it is not waterproof, but still a good choice as a tile backer in places like the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room.

Denshield is preferred board type as tile backer for small to medium size tile up to a max of 1’ x 1’. Use concrete board when the tiles are larger than 1’ x 1.

Blue Board Drywall:

This blue covered drywall is used for plastering veneer. It is resistant to water and mold, so it’s also a great choice for the bathroom or other places that might get more moisture. It’s more expensive but offers noise reduction and low emissions.

Purple Board Drywall:

Again, purple drywall is more moisture, mold and mildew resistant compared to regular drywall Even more so than blue and green drywall options. If your walls will be in contact with water, this is the best drywall to use.

As mentioned, the Denshield brand drywall is the preferred board type as tile backer for tile size up to 1′ x 1′. So, if you are planning to tile the walls, ask your dyrwall contractor to use this brand.

Paperless Drywall:

This type of drywall uses fiberglass instead of paper to protect the gypsum board. It is more resistant to moisture, mold and mildew. It’s easy to cut, though it’s a bit tougher than regular drywall. When using paperless drywall, you’ll have to use a special joint compound to get a smooth finish. Paperless drywall also has a little texture to it, compared to a smooth regular drywall finish.

Type X Drywall:

This type of drywall is available in a range of thickness and is more fire-resistant compared to other drywall types. In theory, the thicker the drywall the more resistant to fire it is. It’s difficult to cut and work with but is a good choice for multi-unit buildings that must meet certain fire ratings to be compliant with building code. Its thickness can also help reduce noise, which is another reason why it’s a good choice for apartment or condo buildings.

Learn more about the different types of drywall.

Want to cut sound?

There are also specific sound boards that are 2 – ¼” sheets of drywall sandwiched with green glue liberally applied between the boards.  This works well as a sound board, but is expensive.  Glacier Drywall Systems can recommend this and other systems that work to deaden sound.

What’s best for the ceiling?

CD drywall is for the ceilings and resists sagging.  It also comes in various lengths. Ask Glacier Drywall Systems for more information.

Drywall Contractors in Calgary

Not sure what type of drywall is best for your home renovation or construction project? Contact the pros at Glacier Drywall Systems. They will suggest the best products for your specific needs and budget. Glacier Drywall Systems will give your renovation project a professional, smooth finish for the best results.

Contact them today!


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