Drywall vs. Sheetrock: What’s the Difference?

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Understanding Drywall vs. Sheetrock

Most people don’t know the difference between drywall and Sheetrock, at least not enough to explain the pros and cons between the two. While the main difference is that Sheetrock is basically a brand name for drywall, there are a number of quality considerations that homeowners will want to factor before putting either in their homes.

What Is Drywall?

Most homes include drywall, as it’s one of the most common materials used in the creation or construction of flat walls. Drywall is also commonly used to create false walls, separations between rooms, and other similar surfaces.

A drywall sheet is composed of gypsum. This is essentially a form of powdered rock sandwiched between two pieces of extremely thick paper. While drywall has a decent amount of durability, it’s not nearly as firm or reinforced as a wall, and should be treated accordingly.

drywall vs sheetrockDrywall can be installed professionally, or also by handy homeowners. Installers will need to use nails or screws to attach drywall to studs, and then fill the seams between the pieces of drywall with joint compound.

Compared to alternatives such as plaster, drywall is much easier and simpler to install, thus the popularity. It’s also easier for individuals or professionals to perform drywall repair than with other materials.

What Is Sheetrock?

Sheetrock is a brand name for drywall, not unlike Band-Aids and adhesive strips. Sheetrock takes much of the guesswork out of drywall installation, offering kits that include a variety of different drywall pieces in various thicknesses. Sheetrock also offers a line of specialty products, including fire-resistant walls or panels, as well as panel specifically designed to wick moisture.

It would be fair to call drywall a more basic form of Sheetrock or to call Sheetrock a more elaborate form of drywall. Both serve the same basic purpose within homes. Individuals looking for more information on drywall or siding installation are always advised to speak with a professional installer.

Contact At the Top Restoration for All Drywall Installation and Repair

People interested in knowing more about drywall options, or any other type of home or roof restoration, can contact At the Top Restoration today. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have!