Guide To Buying Drywall Supplies

If you’re planning a renovation or building project that may require drywall, it’s important that you understand your options. There are different types of drywall supplies and materials to choose from. You need to know which type would be best for your situation.

Before you spend any money on the project, here are some things you need to know about drywall.

  • The most common size used in residential construction is 4 x 8-ft. Thicknesses for boards are ½-inch, ¼-inch, 3/8-inch, and 5/8-inch. Some suppliers offer other sizes by special order. Standard and lightweight boards are only recommended for use in bedrooms and living rooms, as they do not have any special features.
  • The ¼-inch and 3/8-inch thick boards are ideal for covering existing drywall, as well as for use on curved surfaces. The ½-inch thickness is the most commonly used for home walls and ceilings. It’s recommended for remodeling and new construction purposes. The 5/8-inch thickness is the heaviest option. It’s sound resistant and made with fire-resistant properties. You’ll want to use the 5/8-inch thick boards for projects requiring sturdy residential ceilings as well as for commercial applications.
  • Fire-resistant firewall is available in two types: X and C. Type X is designed to stand up to a minimum of one hour of fire resistance. Type C is considered to be the superior of the two, as it can withstand more than an hour of fire. The latter is typically used in ceilings, while X is used in walls.
  • Mold and moisture-resistant drywall is available as well. This material has a treated core with moisture-resistant fiberglass or paper mats instead of typical face and back paper. It’s also referred to as “green board”, and is used in locations that are high in moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Try to estimate the amount of drywall you will need for the project. You need to measure the areas where you plan to install it. First, measure the height and width of the walls you wish to cover, and then multiply to determine the square footage, just as you would when calculating how much paint or wallpaper you need. Next, use the same calculation to determine the square footage of all windows and entryways. This number must be subtracted from the total square footage of the walls. Ask the drywall company you plan to order supplies from how many sheets you would need to cover the walls. It’s recommended that you order 10% more than you need just in case there are any mistakes.  Unless you have a professional installer dong the work for you, there will most likely be some mistakes.
  • If you only need to repair a portion of the wall, there are drywall patch and repair kits available that come with everything required for the job.

Other Drywall Supplies

The sheets won’t install themselves on the wall or ceiling. You’ll need additional supplies and tools, including:

  • Compound
  • Corner bead
  • Drywall lift
  • Hand sander and sandpaper
  • Drywall tape
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Joint knife, taping knife, and flexible utility knife
  • T-square
  • Fasteners (drywall nails or screws)
  • Trowel
  • Primer

If you want to do the sanding by yourself, you’ll need protective gear. If you think you’ll need a contractor to help you, do your research and choose a reliable, trustworthy drywall company.



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