Drywall is a flat sheet compound used to create walls on most interior surfaces. When installed properly, drywalled ceilings and horizontal surfaces can look seamlessly clean and smooth. The flat compounds make great construction appliances because it is versatile, easy to cut and shape, is aesthetically appealing, and is simple to colour.

Applying drywall properly take practice and skill. A great job looks smooth, but a rushed or poorly done installation can bubble, peel, show the screws, seems, and look lumpy or uneven. Renovators should take their time, especially if you are a novice with the installation process to make sure it is done properly.

One of the first steps in building your interior surface is choosing the right drywall panels. The compounded sheets come in different types, sizes, and thicknesses. Selecting the proper model will help ensure your efforts are long lasting and stay intact.  These tips will help you select the proper sheets for your project.

1. Thickness

Dried panelling comes in different thicknesses including ¼, ½, 3/8, and 5/8 of an inch. The thicker panels are better in areas where there is more of a distance between the screws. Thinner panels are better used on ceilings. Their lighter weight will reduce sagging and damage related to the weight of the board conflicting with gravity.

2. Size

Sheets typically come in different lengths ranging between six feet to 12 feet. The size of panel chosen will depend on the length of your surface. To avoid unnecessary seams and extra mudding, measure the length of your space before choosing the wall or ceiling panes.

3. Non-Standard Sizes

Some sheets come in non-standardized sizes such as 2 x 2 squares for projects that do not require a full sheet. This type of panelling works in smaller areas or on specific projects.

4. Edging

Some sheets have tapered edges, others have square edging and some have both. Tapered ends fit easier into corners and are great for surfaces like finishing walls. Square ones fit against other sides where they will be plastered together. If you would like to take even better care of your edging, installing stainless steel corner guards can go a long way in ensuring your edges are strongly protected.

5. Moisture Resistant

Moisture resistant boards are made with a gypsum material so it can withstand high moisture percentages.  This type of drywall is designed for spaces where there is humidity or wetness including bathrooms, kitchens, laundry areas and basements.

6. Mould Resistant

Mould resistant dryer wall panes have a special coating instead of the standard paper coating found in most types of sheets. The coated exterior prevents mould from forming. This type of wall material is also designed for high moisture spaces where the risk of mould and mildew forming is high.

7. Fire Resistant

This type of wall coating is made of Type X fire board to protect the surfaces from combusting and becoming flammable in highly heated areas. This type of drywall is typically found in commercial areas or multi-family living units.

8. Eco-Friendly Drywall

Today some drywall sheets are made with friendlier materials that are less harmful to the environment.  The magnesium oxide (MgO) boards are less harmful to make, release less chemical compounds into the atmosphere, and contents can be recycled and reused.

Drywall is an essential material used to build walls and ceilings in commercial buildings, multi-family living places and private dwellings. There are different types and sizes of the condensed fabric sheets to choose from so you can get the right size and type of material for your construction project. Using the right materials will protect your area from future damage while providing an aesthetically attractive surface in your area.

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