Drywall Installation, Livermore, CA
Drywall goes under many names including sheetrock, gypsum board, plasterboard, wallboard, buster board, or gypsum panel. Whatever you like to call it the basis is a panel of calcium sulfate dihydrate (that’s gypsum to its friends) sandwiched between two layers of paper, a facer and a backer. There’s a bit of magic involved in the materials combined with the gypsum including fiberglass and mold retardants and there are different types of drywall panels but what they all have in common is that they make it possible to create beautifully smooth walls very quickly without the fuss of old fashioned plaster and lath.
Different Types of Drywall
The commonest types of drywall are gray, purple, and green and no, that doesn’t refer to the color of the end result. Gray is the commonest and cheapest and gets its name from the gray paper on the face (if you see brown paper it’s been applied back to front). Green resists mold and mildew so it’s a good choice for potentially damp areas like basements and bathrooms but as professionals we will always look to sealing off sources of damp before we apply the wall panels and where there are problems we will also use waterproofing layers within the walls. Purple also hates mold and mildew and is also resistant to scuffing and scratches so we choose it for high traffic areas. It’s a little more expensive than gray so we don’t just apply it everywhere but we are happy to advise you and explain to you why we choose which type of drywall for which area.
There is a type of drywall that is optimised for soundproofing too. Drywall for soundproofing doesn’t have to be thicker than normal drywall panels but it does need to be layered with different materials. You don’t have to have a kid with a drum set to benefit from sound-proofed drywall either - there are lots of walls that will work better with soundproofing from playrooms to party walls. Soundproof drywall is denser than normal drywall which makes it harder to cut and as a result it’s not always offered by casual installers. Our professional installation teams, on the other hand, will not only advise you on the right rooms and walls for soundproof treatment but will happily install it for you.
Fireproofing is crucial for your family’s safety, it is enormously valuable if you are looking to drywall a commercial or shared residential property and simply essential for any number of building codes. Gypsum doesn’t burn so that’s not in itself a big problem but to get a certain fire resistant rating we opt to use what is called Type X drywall which is made denser than normal drywall and with non combustible fibers all of which gives it a higher fire rating. It costs a little more but you may find you save that money back when you talk to your insurance company.
The point is that whatever your needs we have a specific type of drywall to meet them. So talk to us today and we will explain exactly what is needed and where. We will never use a more expensive drywall where a cheaper one will do the job and we will never cut corners where a specific attribute is called for. So let’s talk.