Feb 03, 2020 / by Nicole Rizzo / No Comments

There are dozens- if not hundreds- of different building materials that go together to build a house. There are many options to choose from for just one product like wall coverings. This can get confusing for homeowners, and especially do-it-yourselfers looking to save a little money by using their own elbow grease for certain household projects. One common question from homeowners is: what is the difference between drywall and sheetrock? Colorado Custom Services explains.

Colorado Custom Services explains drywall 

Drywall, according to the folks over at Colorado Custom Services, is a building material that uses gypsum in between two pieces of paper to create panels that range in size. The standard size of a drywall sheet is four feet by eight feet with varying thicknesses but 1/2 inch is the most commonly used. The material is fastened to the studs that make up the walls of a room to create a smooth surface that serves as the walls of your home. 

Colorado Custom Services explains sheetrock

Colorado Custom Services says that sheetrock is nothing more than a brand of drywall. Like Kleenex is to tissues, sheetrock has become a commonly accepted name for the general building material despite the name of the company that manufactures it.  Sheetrock has become one of the most common and preferred brands of drywall on the market today, but there are many others from which to choose

When to use it

There are other options to create the walls of your home rather than drywall like plaster, wood paneling, and even textured wall panels. However, drywall is still the most common material used and Colorado Custom Services says the reason is that it’s affordable, durable, easy to install, fire-resistant, and provides a great finished product.  There really isn’t any scenario in a home, unless you just like the look of a different material, that drywall wouldn’t be considered the ideal material. 

Installing sheetrock and drywall properly

Although professionals make it look easy, hanging drywall properly isn’t that easy of a household project and most of the time it should be left up to the pros. If you have a drywall project in your future, consider finding a reputable and experienced company to take care of the job for you. The final results will be much better and the time spent on the project much shorter.