Everything You Need to Know About Drywalling

You walk past metres and metres of it every day in your home, your office, and practically every other store you visit. It has several different names: wallboard, plasterboard, gypsum wallboard, or most commonly, drywall.

Yet, despite its prevalence in our everyday lives, and the various drywalling suppliers in Cape Town, very few people are aware of how it is made, the several different applications it can be used for, as well as where it even comes from. As a result, everything you need to know about drywalling will be discussed below.

For starters, let us talk about what it is. Drywall is essentially a construction material that can be used to create walls and ceilings. In addition to this, the material can also be used to create a variety of designs, such as arches, figures, shelves, niches, cabinets, decorative partitions, and even headboards, to name a few. There are several benefits to utilising drywall, such as the fact that it is quick and easy to install, it is exceptionally durable, and requires truly little repairs when damaged.

In terms of commercial buildings, drywall is often used as an inexpensive and effective way to wrap columns to conceal the steel beams, as well as to top off masonry walls above ceilings. There are even cases where drywall has been used to improve the fire resistance of the walls and ceilings.

Now that you are more familiar with exactly what drywall is, as well as the several different ways drywalling suppliers apply it to projects, let us discuss how it is made. Drywall is made using gypsum. This mineral is mined and then transported in its raw state. Once it has been transported to the relevant factories, it is mixed with several additives and blended with water to form a thick paste. Thereafter, the paste is spread onto Manila paper, and another Manila paper is then placed on top. This entire form will then pass-through ovens, drying the material out, and preparing it for cutting. When creating more specialised forms of drywall, additional additives will be used in the above-mentioned process.

As you can see, the process itself is delicate. When having it installed in your home, or when producing a feature or structure out of this material, you need to ensure that you opt for suppliers that are not only specialists in their field, but also have experience in creating what you require. As previously stated, drywall can be used to produce a variety of things. Whether you are producing a headboard, a fireplace, a personalised column, a decorative shelving feature, or a niche, you need to ensure that the supplier is fully aware of what you are looking for.

Therefore, when searching for drywalling manufacturers and suppliers, take the following factors into consideration: their experience in both the industry, as well as in creating what you want, the quality of their product and workmanship, their rates, their past projects, and finally, the company’s reputation.


John Driver

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