How to Use Drywall!



Standard Drywall

Standard drywall is use for residential walls and ceilings.  It is available in a variety of sizes such as  ¼ ,3/8,1/2 and 5/8 inch thicknesses and  from 8 to 16  feet long. If wall studs are 16 inches on center they would be covered with a ½ inch drywall. Walls with studs 24 inches on center should be covered with 5/8 inch sheets.

Existing wall surfaces (including plaster) will be covered with a layer of ¼ or 3/8 inch drywall. Normally ceilings are covered with 5/8 inch sheets, but ½ inch sheets may be used if the joists are 16 inches on center.

Installing Drywall

Installing Drywall

Water-Resistant Drywall

W/R or Water-Resistant Drywall is the type of drywall used in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and areas where there may be high humidity. Water – Resistant Drywall comes with a green paper facing. This is done to  distinguish it from standard drywall.

Fire-Rated Drywall

Fire-Rated Drywall is used where codes require a specified fire rating.  Type X (5/8) inch thick) may often be used on residential ceilings. Fire–Rated Drywall may also be required in furnace rooms and garages.

If you have dry-walling projects call Ken Today at 604-523-2238.


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