Drywall is a common building material used in homes, replacing plaster from years ago. Drywall installation is quicker and easier than plaster installation and therefore more economical for home improvement projects.
Also called wall board or sheetrock, drywall panels are used in both walls and ceilings. They provide ease of use with their ability to be glued or nailed to either wood or metal studs. Generally, drywall comes in lengths of eight, nine, ten or twelve feet. Different types of drywall are manufactured for different needs. For example, some sheets are mold, moisture or fire resistant, for use in areas of the home where these issues are of particular concern. Some drywall sheets are extra thick to block sound.