Sheetrock Vs Drywall – A fundamental question that homeowners face when renovating their homes is whether it’s better to build traditional brick or drywall. In most cases the latter would be preferred because of its durability and longer life expectancy, especially if you live in an area that experiences significant climate changes.
However, there are also a number of disadvantages associated with this type of wall construction. Drywall has the potential to become extremely flammable if it’s ever exposed to high levels of humidity, which can occur during prolonged or heavy rains or even when it’s extremely hot or cold outside.
Sheetrock tends to crack much more easily. The cracking is actually caused by the weight of the house as it’s being built, so it’s not a big surprise that you’ll often see walls cracked where they’ve been weakened by the weight of the home.
Unfortunately this doesn’t usually fix itself and will result in a major repair job. This is obviously much more costly than replacing the damaged bricks. If you are renovating an interior wall then there really isn’t any way of making this structural improvement without incurring some expense.
The next disadvantage of drywall is the fact that it is composed mostly of paper. Paper is prone to rotting, and paper can easily get crushed when it’s exposed to water. Unfortunately the cost of paper is also greater than the cost of cedar or plywood, which are much more durable.
Also paper tends to peel over time, meaning you need to replace the paper almost monthly. If you have wooden walls, this disadvantage can make wooden walls more vulnerable to rotting. On top of that, it can also make the home look very messy if it’s covered with paper.
Drywall also has a tendency to shrink after long use. This is less likely to happen with sheetrock, but can still happen if you’re not careful. This shrinkage can be very noticeable in homes that have many small rooms, as the walls will grow much smaller.
Also, depending on where you live, this could mean water is getting into the walls. As this happens, the home may become more apt to suffer from mold and mildew. If you have any type of insulation in your home, such as wood, it can also be weakened over time by exposure to water.
If you have sheetrock in the walls, this won’t be much of an issue. However, if you have foam insulation in your home you’ll probably want to consider replacing it. It can also get damaged by exposure to water and fire. Even with foam, though, it’s a good idea to cover it up from time to time so that it doesn’t get damaged.
There are some disadvantages to using sheetrock in your home as well. For one thing, it can make your home look unsightly if it’s too full of it. If you have too much sheetrock in certain areas around the outside of your home or the inside, it can make the home look a bit unfinished.
If you put in more than you need in these areas, though, you might find that there is more than you need. In other words, it can create a lot of extra work for you to take care of the problems with sheetrock. One disadvantage of using sheetrock is that it is not as resistant to heat.
It’s not true that sheetrock is completely resistant to all forms of pressure. You should check to see if this is the case before you decide on whether sheetrock is a better option for you or not. If you are going with sheetrock in the walls for your home’s flooring, though, you may find that this is a good choice. With sheetrock you can be sure that it will stand up against heat and pressure just the way that real wood does.
These are just a few examples of why sheetrock or drywall should be decided upon carefully. If you are having problems with your home’s foundation or with the moisture in your walls or flooring, you may find that choosing one over the other is a better choice for you. There are a number of things that you can do to help you make the right decision. A professional may be able to help you with this.