Frequently Asked Questions

What is drywall and what is it used for?

Drywall is a construction material made of a sheet of gypsum covered on both sides. It has a paperboard backing and a paper facing. It is used in the construction of ceilings and walls in both residential and commercial structures. It is used in interior walls of homes and buildings. It is also used to wrap columns in order to hide steel beams. It is also an inexpensive and easy way to top off masonry walls above ceilings.  Drywall may also be used to add fire resistance to both ceilings and walls. It contains the spread of fire in order to let people evacuate safely during an emergency. This is because it takes alot of energy for a fire to burn through the drywall.  Drywall can go by  other names including wallboard, gypsum board, and plasterboard. It is called “drywall” because you do not need water to use it for the construction of walls and ceilings. 

What causes drywall to crack?

Cracked drywall is not very appealing.  There are many reasons that cracks may appear in drywall. These reasons may include but are not limited to house settling,  poor drywall installation, cracked paint, moisture behind the wall, and objects on the wall causing it stress. It is normal and acceptable to have drywall cracks from the normal shrinking of the construction materials. However, visible gaps that exceed 3mm (1/8″) between ceilings, cabinets, and walls are not normal nor are they acceptable.

If at any point you notice even the smallest crack in your drywall, you should have it repaired. The hairline crack can grow into a large problem if it is left unfixed. Among other things, this can lead to weakening of the  wall, building, home or structure. The longer you let it wait, it may become a much larger repair and end up costing you more money in the end to have it fixed. 

Why is Drywall called Sheetrock?

Plaster is installed wet. Before installing the next layer, plaster installers must wait for the previous level to dry. Therefore, there is a very long drying time when dealing with plaster. When the walls were plastered, the other trades on the job often had to stop and wait for the walls to dry. The word “drywall” refers to walls being made of material that allows them to be installed without using water.

Sheetrock is a brand of drywall. There is pretty much no difference between Sheetrock and other drywall, other than the exception of a few chemicals. Sheetrock formula is patented. Both drywall and sheetrock can be used as construction material for walls and ceilings.

Is it better to repair or replace your drywall?

Whether you need to repair or replace your damaged drywall depends entirely on the amount of drywall damage. For the most part, small holes can be patched. However, if the hole is very large or if there are many holes or if the holes are close together, you may be better off replacing the drywall. If you notice cracks in your drywall, it may indicate a bigger problem. Cracks in the drywall may indicate that there was incorrect installation of the drywall. If that is the case, the drywall should be replaced. Water damage can either be repaired or replaced. This will depend on the amount of damage and if there is mold present.  Call you local drywall experts at Delaware County Drywall for your consultation!

 

Can I install drywall myself?

If you have previously worked with drywall and feel comfortable taking on the project, it is possible to hang and finish drywall yourself. If you are doing to complete the job on your own, it is recommended to stay with the small jobs, like patching holes. You should leave the larger jobs to the professionals. Installing drywall can be a complicated task. When performed correctly it can improve the value of your home. In this way, it is probably best to work with professional drywall contractors rather than take on the drywall task on your own.

What are the advantages of using Drywall for your construction project?

There many reasons why a great number  of builders and contractors decide to use drywall in their jobs. Some important factors that contribute to the comprehensive use and popularity of drywall include durability, ease of repair, fire resistance, and the economical price tag. Also, drywall does a great job at reducing noise. It can also be used in a multitude of settings. Overall, there are not too many disadvantages to using drywall in your construction job.

What is Chinese Drywall?

In 2001, drywall was imported from China, where it was manufactured, to the United States. This drywall was found to be defective. During testing, it was found that these drywall products gave off a number of gasses including carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, and hydrogen sulfide. The EPA performed an investigation which revealed that there could be side effects, both short and long term, experienced due to these products.