Want to finally finish that basement or remodel another room? After framing, you’re ready for drywall, but will any types of drywall do? You don’t want to finish your beautiful basement with the drywall you found on sale at the local home improvement store, only to regret that the walls (and ceilings) didn’t have the right level of sound suppression for your music studio, or insulation, moisture control and “tightness” for comfort of overnight guests. Not aware of the different types of drywall and their purposes? Kentuckiana Home Services can weigh in on the topic. Here are some basics you need to know about the different types of drywall, from white board to Type X board and everything in between, listed in order of what you’ll typically see as price difference, from low to high, for benefits mentioned in the notes.
Traditional, “regular” drywall, also known as whiteboard, is the most economical type of drywall. However, it doesn’t offer any additional benefits such as mold-or-fire- resistance. What temperature will the basement be kept, and will your choice of insulation compensate for the choice of drywall? Be careful about traditional drywall for basements; it might be better suited for partitioning upstairs living-space rooms for remodeling.
Green Board Drywall
Green board drywall is slightly more expensive than traditional drywall because it is moisture-resistant. However … not waterproof. Green board drywall is a great choice for use in rooms that see increased humidity – just take care to avoid letting the walls come into direct contact with water. Externally, grade and divert water away from the foundation, and internally protect against flooding with appropriate drainage and prevention of water heater leaks.
This is also commonly referred to as blue board drywall and offers even more advanced moisture resistance. It is also resistant to mold and aids in reducing noise. Take the same precautions against exposure to water, but then again, you want to take those precautions if you’re not finishing your basement, to prevent mold and water damage that causes expensive repair and remediation work.
Unlike most other types of drywall, paperless drywall, you guessed it, isn’t made up of paper. Instead, it is made out of fiberglass. This primarily means enhanced mold and mildew resistance.
Purple drywall, also called gypsum board, is waterproof, which means that it can come into direct contact with water without it causing any damage. It can be used for both walls and ceilings. Again, not that you don’t want to make your basement dry, even if not finishing it, but if you’re also planning extensive use of water in the basement, with a bathroom for a full-time bedroom, a wet bar, etc., leaks happen so protection against water damage would be wise.
Type X Drywall
This type of drywall meets fire code as fire-resistant. If a higher fire rating is desired, type X drywall can be used in layers and is a top choice for garages, especially where industrial processes, heaters and stoves may apply.
This drywall is made out of laminated drywall, which can prevent sound from passing through. It’s much denser than traditional drywall and is, therefore, often used to soundproof music rooms or any other room in which there is going to be a lot of noise.
In general, you see that your choice of drywall should first involve planning, foresight and discussion with your contractor, drywall expert or home supply center. For assistance, panning and decades of experience in renovating and remodeling, we at Kentuckiana Home Services would be happy and privileged to help you plan and achieve the environment you have in mind. Contact us any time at (502) 639-6771.