Drywall installation

Everything you need to know about drywall

Drywall is the most common solution for interior compartmentalization, but this material can also be used for finishes. One of the major reasons why people resort to this solution is that drywalls are cheaper than those made by a process of wet construction are. But some people flatly refuse to use drywall for various reasons.

Why should you choose drywall for interior remodeling?

Drywall is made of plaster and particular highly resistant cardboard. They are manufactured both in the basic and treated versions. Drywall applications help improve housing conditions because it regulates indoor humidity.

The building systems consist of two elementary components: the support (the metal structure made of horizontal and vertical profiles) and gypsum boards. With these systems, interior partitions can be made according to vertical surfaces (walls, wall covering), horizontal and oblique, different geometries (walls of great height, angular shapes, curves, etc.)

By modifying elements such as the type and number of plates, thickness and size of the metal structure it’s possible to obtain technical and constructive solutions, tailored to several remodeling projects.

To achieve the construction of drywall, usually plates with thickness of 12.5 mm are used. Thus, this feature plays an important part not only for structural dimension (e.g. the partitions based on the doorframe of the door) but therefore influence the properties of construction drywall (e.g. the available height, capacity, fire resistance. acoustic properties, and requirements on construction dilation).

Drywall advantages

Choosing drywall partitions, not only makes room for a changing environment, but they also provide fire protection, noise and thermal insulation for your house. In addition, other advantages of drywall are getting a wall up easy, yet perfect and in a very short time without the waste that typically happens in the case of massive masonry.

An additional advantage of drywall is a smooth embedding of electrical and plumbing installations in the empty space resulting from construction, without affecting fire protection and soundproofing. Using cladding walls and drywall is possible in most housing areas, from bathrooms and kitchens, to rooms or attics. In this way, it’s possible to obtain a space adapted to each housing needs, in a very short time. However, to have a guarantee of work done properly, it is very important that it’s done according to the manufacturer’s technical specifications and by a specialized team.

With the aid of drywall partitions, it’s easily possible to make a subdivision of space into individual rooms. Drywall is built without bricks, mortar and other special operations. The wall cavity can be used to introduce installations (electrical, plumbing, etc.), so no more trimming of grooves in masonry is necessary. After completing construction of the wall, it’s immediately possible to apply surface finishes, such as applying paint, wallpapering or ceramic tiles.

Drywall has a reduced weight of 25-50 kg per square meter, compared to 200 kg per square meter for a solid wall so that it does not affect the building resistance structure.

It has a capacity of thermal and sound insulation better than massive walls, by using multiple boards and inside them, it’s possible to insert insulating materials such as glass wool or mineral wool. Thermal resistance can vary depending on needs, thickness and type of insulator.

Drywall regulates the indoor climate due to the great absorption capacity. For special uses, drywall sheets can be coated with thin lead plates to make them opaque against X-rays. There are also drywall panels specifically designed for curved or vaulted ceilings. Lastly, they are environmentally friendly because they can be fully recycled.

What else should you know about drywall?

The cheaper the drywall, it will provide weak sound insulation. It’s very important to have a wall thickness of 15 cm and that it contains high quality insulating materials inside.

Over time, cracks may appear in the joints between boards due to a faulty workmanship, so it’s important to have professionals install them.

To mount furniture, sanitary fixtures, TV consoles or other objects with more weight on the drywall, you will need special metal structures, otherwise the walls may deteriorate.

If you want to remodel your home by making small upgrades or if you want to add a fresh look to your entire house, don’t hesitate to contact Good Deal Remodeling. Our experienced team is able to provide high quality services for interior and exterior home remodeling projects in Philadelphia and in the Philadelphia area.