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Types of Drywall for walls & Ceilings

Drywall is a specific type of sheeting material made of gypsum sandwiched between paper. Also referred to as wallboard, plasterboard, or gypsum board, drywall started to replace plaster as the typical interior wall finish in the United States more than 60 years ago. It is less expensive than plaster, and much easier to attach to stud walls. The panels are typically screwed to wall studs and the joints between panels are filled with joint compound, which is then finished to a flat surface.


There are many types of drywall available. From thicknesses that range from 1/4" to 5/8" to wall sizes that start at 4' x 8', there is a drywall product that is designed to suit your interior wall needs. If you are finishing a garage or another area where a fire rating is required, fire-resistant drywall is also available.

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Square Edged Drywall

Standard square edged drywall is also known as butt joint drywall. Drywall sheets butt against each other and are plastered over. Uses include: Walls and ceilings to be plastered. The most typical drywall used in standard interior applications is 1/2" drywall in 4' x 8' panels. It is also available in 1/4", 3/8", and 5/8" thicknesses.

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Taper Edged Drywall

If you look carefully at the long edge of drywall, you will notice that on each side there is a taper. It is nearly always preferable to choose the tapered joint over the butt joint in flat seam installation. This is because joint compound can be used to fill in the taper. A drywall taper is formed when the tapered edges of two sheets of drywall are adjoined. Together, the two tapers form a triangle. This triangle drywall taper will allow for drywall tape and joint compound to be filled in, without leaving any kind of bulge. Tapered edge drywall should not be used for corners on your walls.  

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Moisture Resistant Drywall

Sometimes called green-board because of its color, moisture-resistant has the same gypsum core as drywall, but with a water-resistant facing. It is typically used in wet areas such as around a bathtub. Although not 100% waterproof, core is impregnated with waterproofing materials, but is breathable so the surface beneath the board can "breathe" through the wall's surface. It can be used in areas of high water usage, such as a base for tiles in a shower stall or as a wall for the back splash in a kitchen. 

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Fire Resistant Drywall

Fire rating for drywall panels is measured in time. "Fire-code" drywall, also referred to as Type X, is a 5/8" thick drywall that has a denser core and contains glass fibers that keep it from crumbling in the heat. Walls lined with fire-resistant drywall increases a wall's fire rating  from a 30-minute rating for standard 1/2" drywall to a minimum of 1 hour. Due to its tougher core, it can be more difficult to cut. Has greater fireproofing qualities than standard drywall and is used ideally in integral garage ceilings, corridors, and stairwells. Fire-resistant drywall is rarely used in residential construction except where the building code requires it, such as the garage, corridors and stairwells. 

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Flexible Drywall

When you have an arch or a curved wall, 1/4" flexible drywall is the best type to choose. It has a stronger paper face than regular 1/4" drywall and is more resistant to cracking.

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Cement Board

Not a drywall, but has similar properties and uses. Is a strong, moisture-resistant base board, often used as a subfloor, beneath ceramic tiles or as a backing for wall tiles. Board thicknesses and sizes vary. Uses include: Can be used as a sub-floor beneath ceramic tiles, or as a backing for wall tiles.

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