Primer on Notable Common Drywall Types, Part 1

For both home and business owners alike, drywall is a versatile and useful product. A fantastic alternative to older forms of lath and plaster, drywall is used in numerous areas of construction and building.

At Blue Dawn Drywall & Paint, we’re proud to offer drywall installation and other drywall contractor services for any area of need. Drywall’s versatility is found in more than just name alone – specifically, there are a number of different broad types of drywall out there, each of which serve slightly different purposes and have slightly different qualities. This two-part blog will dig into all the common types out there, plus their basic characteristics and what they’re used for in frequent situations.

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Standard (White Board) Drywall

The simplest and most common form of drywall is known as regular, standard or white board drywall. This form of drywall, which virtually every person who goes out in public has seen or interacted with at some point, is found in 4 x 8 panels and in a range of thicknesses.

If you’re unsure whether a given piece of drywall is standard or some other format, just check the colors on each side If one side is white and the other is brown, this is white board drywall. This is generally the most affordable type of drywall available.

Blue Board Drywall

Also called plaster base board, blue board drywall is a material often used in veneer plastering and similar applications. It’s made with a special surface paper that absorbs certain materials, allowing this drywall to resist moisture, mold and other invaders.

Blue board drywall is commonly found in bathrooms, construction zones or other areas where there’s lots of moisture – it’s good in these areas due to moisture and mold resistance. It’s also a positive for limiting noise, though it should be noted that tape, paint and mud are not suitable for this drywall type.

Green Board Drywall

Another type that’s often used in bathrooms, green board drywall is also moisture resistant on the green side. It’s important to note that “moisture resistant” does not mean “waterproof” in this case – water can still get in, but the drywall itself is far less likely to crack or wear down. For this reason, both blue and green board drywall will be more expensive than white board drywall.

Paperless Drywall

For even greater resistance to moisture, mold and mildew, fiberglass covering may be applied to drywall to stop the gypsum board from rotting. This is known as paperless drywall, which will be a bit rougher than standard formats – but will also cut more easily. In many cases, you’ll have to take the time to apply a joint compound to smooth out the surface, which can be a bit rough due to the fiberglass layer.

For more on the various drywall types out there, or to learn about any of our drywall installation or repair service, speak to the staff at Blue Dawn Drywall & Paint today.