What is Drywall and what is it used for?

Drywall is a material used in construction. It is made of a sheet of gypsum covered on both of its sides. It has a paper facing and a paperboard backing. Drywall is used in the construction of both walls and ceilings. It is found in both residential and commercial structures. Drywall is used in the internal walls of buildings and homes. It is also used to cover columns in order to camouflage steel beams. It is an inexpensive and fairly easy way to top off masonry walls which are above ceilings.  Drywall adds fire resistance to both walls and ceilings. During an emergency, people are able to evacuate safely because the drywall contains the spread of fire. Drywall is able to do this because it takes alot of energy for the fire to burn through the drywall. 

Drywall is also known as gypsum board, wallboard, and plasterboard. You do not need water to use it in the construction of homes and buildings and that is why it is called “drywall”. 

What Causes Drywall To Crack?

Cracked drywall is not a good look! There are a variety of reasons why cracks may appear in drywall. These may include poor drywall installation, house settling, moisture behind the wall, cracked paint, and objects on the wall causing it stress. At times, there will be drywall cracks from the normal shrinkage of materials, and this is normal and acceptable. Visible gaps in excess of 3mm (1/8″) between cabinets, ceilings, and walls are not acceptable.

When you notice even a hairline crack in your drywall you should get it repaired. If the hairline crack is left unattended, then the crack can grow into a larger problem. This might lead to weakening of the  wall, building, structure, or home. It could end up becoming a major repair the longer you let it wait.

Why is Drywall Called Sheetrock or Drywall?

The term “drywall” refers to the fact that the walls are made of material that allows them to be installed without the use of water. There is a very long drying time associated with plaster. Plaster is installed wet and installers must wait for the previous layer to dry before they can install the next one. When walls were plastered, most other construction on the job often had to stop as they had to wait for the walls to dry. 

When sheetrock was introduced, one appealing factor was that after installation, you did not have to wait for the walls to dry. Sheetrock is actually a brand of drywall. There is practically no difference between Sheetrock and other drywall other than the exception of a few chemicals. The Sheetrock formula is patented. Either Sheetrock or drywall  can be used as construction material for ceilings and walls. 

Is it better to repair or replace your drywall?

The degree of drywall damage will decide whether your drywall needs to be repaired or replaced.  Most of the time, holes can be patched. However, if they are too big or if there are too many or if they are too close together, replacing the drywall will probably be the best solution.  Cracks in the drywall can be a sign of a larger problem. Typically, this is incorrect installation of the drywall. In that case, the drywall should be replaced. Depending on the degree of the damage and if there is the presence of mold, water damage can be repaired or replaced. Call your local drywall experts to assess the situation.

Can I install drywall myself?

It is possible to hang and finish drywall yourself if you have worked with drywall before and are comfortable taking on the task. It is recommended to stay with the small jobs, such a patching holes. We recommend that you leave the larger jobs to a skilled team of experts. Installing drywall is not an easy task. When it is done correctly it can increase the value of your home. Accordingly, it is best to hire professional drywall contractors rather than take on the drywall task on your own.

What are the advantages of using Drywall for your construction project?

There are a lot of reasons why so many contractors and builders decide to use drywall in their projects. Important factors that contribute to the widespread use and popularity of drywall include ease of repair, durability, fire resistance, and the affordable price tag. In addition, drywall does a wonderful job reducing noise. It can also be used in a variety of settings. Overall, there are not many disadvantages to using drywall in your construction project.

What if Chinese Drywall?

In 2001, drywall was imported from China, where it was manufactured, to the United States. This drywall was found to be defective. During testing, it was found that these drywall products gave off a number of gasses including carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, and hydrogen sulfide. The EPA performed an investigation which revealed that there could be side effects, both short and long term, experienced due to these products.

Is Chinese Drywall dangerous?

In 2009, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the U.S. CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) began to investigate the effects of chinese drywall. They found that the short-term side effects include respiratory problems, sore throats, chronic headaches, asthma irritations, and more. Long-term side effects include chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness, nausea, and more.

Is Gypsum board ruined if it gets wet?

There are many different factors that come into play when determining whether or not your gypsum board will be damaged by water. If the paper facing on the boards gets wet, it is safe to say they won’t suffer any lasting damage as trees get soaked in their natural habitat all of time without becoming saturated with moisture. However, if you expose them to an excessive amount of water for a prolonged period then there may be risks involved- especially if this happens more than once!

A professional should be consulted if a project is complicated and/or there are concerns about mold or rot. Problems arise from too much water over a long period of time, which can cause the issue in question to occur faster than usual. We wet down sheetrock according to manufacturer instructions when installing it on round walls or ceilings because this makes the material more flexible for installation purposes only; therefore, drywall getting wet does not mean an immediate problem under normal circumstances

 We actually needn’t worry that our sheets of drywalls will get damp with every rainstorm – each circumstance depends upon how often it rains where you live as well as whether your living space has humidity issues (elevated moisture). If so, we recommend contacting professionals who specialize.