What is Drywall ?

Drywall (or gypsum board), was first invented over 100 years ago (1916). At the time, drywall was thought to be an inferior and undesirable product. Over the years, with improved product quality and production capacity its reputation improved markedly. A modern building material, Drywall, comes in large panels (typically 4' by 8'), is made out of gypsum. Gypsum is a very soft mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate, a common mineral that occurs naturally in the earth. Drywall is made using gypsum plaste. Drywall traditionally consists of a mixture of gypsum plaster that is sandwiched in between two pieces of heavy paper while it is still wet. It is allowed to cure, then is cut into boards of a manageable length. The resulting board is semi-flexible, quite firm and somewhat water-permeable. Drywall is used in construction all over the world as the final layer of interior walls. Most drywall boards are 4 by 8 feet and 1/2-inch to 5/8-inch thick. Drywall comes in a variety of forms. Some drywall manufacturers sell fire-resistant, mold-retarding, humidity-resistant, sound-rated, sound-proof, recycled and a variety of other specialized types of drywall.

Using plaster that is in board form and is already dry is far easier than working with plaster when it is wet. Drywall installation literally cuts weeks off of the time taken to complete a project using the lath-and-plaster method.

The name "drywall" came from the fact that it went on "dry" versus "wet" like plaster. It is referred to by several common or proprietary names including:

  • Drywall
  • Sheetrock® (USG Product)
  • Gyp Board
  • Gypsum Board
  • Plaster Board
  • Wallboard

Drywall comes in different types, thicknesses and sheet sizes depending on its application. Most residential applications use drywall on the walls and ceilings.

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