When you are planning your DIY project that involves installing drywall, it’s important to pick the right type of drywall that will work perfectly for your project. If this is your first time dealing with drywall, you may be wondering “wait, there are different types of drywall?” Yes! There are actually seven main types of drywall you can choose from when working on your do-it-yourself building project.
Regular drywall or white board
Regular drywall is the type of drywall you think of when the topic is brought up as it is the most commonly used types. This drywall is usually white on one side and brown on the other. The thickness of the boards range from ⅜ inch to 1 inch and come in panels of 4×8.
Blue board drywall
Blue board drywall is great for places with high moisture like your bathroom and laundry room. It is used for veneer plastering, and it features absorption qualities that are highly resistant to mold and water. Blue board drywall is also great for reducing noise and offers low emissions and provides a great overall performance for the room you build with it.
Green board drywall
Green board drywall is also moisture resistant, but be aware that it is not waterproof, so using it near a water source, or if it will come in contact with water, won’t be a good idea. Although green board drywall is typically more expensive than regular drywall, they are most efficient in basements, kitchens, or utility rooms.
Purple drywall is the superior option when it comes to mold and moisture resistance. This type of drywall can be installed on walls or ceilings that can be susceptible to come in contact with water to enhance moisture control.
Paperless drywall is covered with fiberglass instead of paper which has a greater resistance to mold and mildew. Paperless drywall is slowly becoming one of the more popular types of drywall to use because they have a tougher quality and will generally last longer than regular drywall.
Soundproof drywall is denser than the other types of drywall as it’s composed of laminated drywall mixed with wood fibres, polymers and gypsum. Soundproof drywall is great for, well, soundproofing a room that you need to be quiet, like a recording room if you are a musician, or a family room where your children can play without the neighbours hearing it.
Type X drywall
Type X drywall is created with special non combustible fibers, making it the most fire resistant drywall you can find. Type X drywall is mostly used in garages and apartment buildings since it’s required by several building codes. The boards are usually ⅝ inches in thickness, which is harder to cut, but it will improve noise cancellation.
If you need any help with picking out a certain type of drywall for your next DIY project, let the experienced team at the Drywall Tool Source be your guide to everything you need to know about drywall! Give us a call at 905-663-7570 to learn more about what types of drywall we offer and how you can use it to complete your project.