Drywall: What it is and the main advantages and disadvantages

Drywall or "drywall", in the Portuguese translation, is the name of a wall-building technique that is gaining increasing prominence in interior design.

Drywall is a mixture of plaster, water and additives placed between two sheets of cardboard paper, forming solid plates that can be used to divide environments, to embed lighting, to coat the ceiling and even to serve as a shelf.

The plaster wall, as it is also known, can be used in any environment of the house, including bathroom, kitchen and service area. Yes, it is possible to use the drywall system in humid environments, provided that the correct choice of board is made. There are three different types of drywall available in the market. Know each one better and know the best type for your project:

types of plaster

  • White : white or ST (Standard) sheet is the most recommended for linings and dry environments;
  • rose : the pink or RF sheet has fiberglass in its composition, being therefore fire resistant and indicated for environments with a fireplace, barbecue or that need to meet specific safety standards;
  • Green : The green or UK plate is moisture resistant and should be used in humid environments such as kitchens and bathrooms. This type of drywall plate receives additives and fungicides that makes it resistant to fungi and mold;

Advantages and Disadvantages of Drywall

Before opting for the drywall system, however, it is important to know its main advantages and disadvantages. Check below:

Advantages of drywall

1. Easy and quick installation

This is one of the great advantages of drywall, especially when compared to traditional masonry walls. The installation is quick and can even be done within the "do it yourself" concept, provided you have all the tools and materials needed to ensure a good finish.

2. Low cost

If you are looking for a beautiful, practical and economical solution, drywall is the right choice. The cost with material and installation are lower than other types of wall. To give you an idea, the price per square foot of a wall of drywall ranges from $ 20 to $ 40, just the material. With the included labor this value goes to about $ 70 to 100 the square meter. Not to mention that you do not have to worry about plastering, thin mass and other finishes, since the drywall boards come ready to receive the paint or other type of coating that you want to give.

3. Clean work

The drywall practically does not generate residues, like dust or debris, since the installation only involves the fixation of the plates in a metal structure.

Easy installation of electrical, hydraulic and telephone network
The wall of drywall allows the installation of ducts for wiring and water to be made simple and uncomplicated.

4. Sound insulation

It may not look like it, but drywall walls have good sound insulation, especially when filled with mineral wool.

5. Finishing varieties

Drywall walls can receive numerous types of flooring going well beyond traditional painting. It is possible to use tiles, inserts, wallpaper, fabric, textures, among other types of finish.

6. Usable area gain

The thin wall thickness of drywall makes the environment gain floor space, unlike what happens with masonry walls.

Disadvantages

1. Low resistance

One of the biggest disadvantages of wall drywall is its low resistance to impacts and blows. But if this your project does not require a high strength material, this problem goes unnoticed.

Outside environments or thinking

Do not even think about using drywall outdoors, it would not survive the weather, such as changes in temperature, winds, heat and rainfall.

Committed decoration

Hanging a frame, a mirror, TV, niches and shelves can become something more complicated on a wall of drywall. This is because you will need specific bushes and screws for this type of wall, able to support the weight properly.

How to install drywall

The installation of the drywall is made from the metal structures fixed to the floor, wall and ceiling. It does not require much knowledge and can be done by yourself, as the following video demonstrates:

Write down the materials you need to have on hand to install drywall:

• Plasterboard - of the type most suitable for your project;
• Thermal and acoustic insulation (rock wool or glass wool) - if necessary;
• Insulation tape in measures 50,70 or 90 mm;
• Bushings and Screws for drywall;
• Grout for drywall;
• 50 mm microperforated tape;
• Level and nylon line;
• Plumb;
• Drilling machine;
• Screwdriver;
• Stylus;
• Hacksaw;
• Short cut scissors;
• Pliers;
• Extenders;
• Ruler and aluminum spatula;
• Sandpaper for plaster;
• Gloves and goggles

Good, beautiful and cheap. This is how we can define the drywall system. If you also think so, you will be even more impressed by the selection of interior design photos made with drywall. But if you are still not convinced of the advantages of this material, look at the photos anyway. You're sure to change your mind. Check out:

Picture 1 - The wall of drywall should not at all for the walls of traditional masonry; doors and windows can be installed normally in it.

The wall of drywall should not be anything to the walls of traditional masonry; doors and windows can be installed normally on it

Picture 2 - Here in this environment the drywall was used to lower the ceiling

Here in this environment the drywall was used to lower the ceiling

Picture 3 - A small wall of drywall to divide, but not completely, the kitchen living room.

A small wall of drywall to split, but not completely, the kitchen living room

Picture 4 - You can choose to coat the wall of drywall with mirror, look how the result gets interesting.

You can choose to coat the wall of drywall with mirror, look how the result gets interesting

Picture 5 - And who knows until creating a different design with the wall? Here, for example, it gains a skewed shape.

And who knows until creating a different design with the wall? Here, for example, it gains a skewed shape

Picture 6 - This wall of drywall between the living room and the kitchen won brick lining.

This wall of drywall between the living room and the kitchen has gained brick lining

Picture 7 - In this room, the wall of drywall divides the environments, besides having a built-in niche for the books.

In this room, the wall of drywall divides the environments, besides having a built-in niche for the books

Picture 8 - Beautiful and functional: this wall of drywall has gained a strip of glass that favors natural lighting inside the room.

Beautiful and functional: this wall of drywall has gained a strip of glass that favors natural lighting inside the room

Picture 9 - The smooth and uniform finish of the drywall receives the paint very well.

The flat and even drywall finish gets the paint very well

Image 10 - Between the bedroom and the closet, a wall of drywall with niche.

Between the bedroom and the closet, a wall of drywall with niche

Picture 11 - A wall like this might be the solution you needed to fit the desk

A wall like this might be the solution you needed to fit the desk

Picture 12 - Wall of drywall decorated with mirrors: do not forget to use bushes and screws suitable for the material

Wall of drywall decorated with mirrors: do not forget to use dowels and screws suitable for the material

Image 13 - The thinner thickness of the drywall brings an extra gain of area to the environment

The thinner thickness of the drywall brings extra room area gain

Picture 14 - Walls and ceiling plaster: save and leave everything with the same face.

Walls and ceiling plaster: save and leave everything with the same face

Picture 15 - Here, the drywall served to lower the plaster and create a track for the installation of the counter.

Here, the drywall served to lower the plaster and create a strip for the installation of the counter

Figure 16 - Small and integrated houses benefit greatly from the use of drywall.

Small, integrated homes benefit greatly from the use of drywall

Image 16 - To create a special corner in the lobby use the drywall.

To create a special corner in the lobby use drywall

Picture 17 - The drywall fits in any style of decoration.

The drywall fits in any decor style

Figure 19 - To gain even more space, use a folding or sliding door

To gain even more space, use a folding or sliding door

Picture 20 - Creative and intelligent solution using drywall: single counter that walks the wall is used as rack and table.

Creative and intelligent solution using drywall: single counter that walks around the wall is used as rack and table

Picture 21 - In addition to dividing, the drywall also brings privacy to the rooms of the house.

In addition to sharing, the drywall also brings privacy to the rooms of the house

Image 22 - Drywall can be used in all environments of the house, it can not be used as a structural wall.

The drywall can be used in all environments of the house, it can not be used as a structural wall

Picture 23 - Choose a plaster frame with classic finish for a more sober and refined environment

Choose a plaster frame with classic finish for a more sober and refined environment

Image 24 - Wall and ceiling of plaster made with drywall and using cortineiro.

Gypsum wall and ceiling made with drywall and using cortineiro

Image 25 - The use of recessed lights further enhances the plaster ceiling.

The use of recessed lights further enhances the plaster ceiling

Image 26 - Drywall used as a shelf: an option to traditional furniture

Drywall used as a shelf: an option to traditional furniture

Image 27 - If you no longer wish to drywall, you can remove it without generating too much rubble or damaging the structure of the house.

If you no longer wish to drywall, you can remove it without generating too much debris or damaging the structure of the house

Image 28 - With the plaster lining, the wall of drywall is even more beautiful.

With the plaster lining, the wall of drywall becomes even more beautiful

Picture 29 - This house of industrial style bet on the use of a partition of drywall to demarcate the environments.

This house of industrial style bet on the use of a drywall partition to demarcate the environments

Picture 30 - If you prefer not to hang the frames on the wall of drywall, use a shelf to support them, as in that image.

If you prefer not to hang the frames on the wall of drywall, use a shelf to support them, as in that picture

Picture 31 - The smooth and uniform appearance of the drywall fits perfectly with clean décor proposals.

The smooth and uniform appearance of the drywall fits perfectly with clean décor proposals

Picture 32 - Drywall can also be used to form kitchen counters.

Drywall can also be used to form kitchen counters

Picture 33 - The lowered drywall lining gives a more intimate and welcoming atmosphere to the environments.

The lowered drywall lining gives a more intimate and welcoming atmosphere to the environments

Image 34 - Drywall and burnt cement: an interesting combination for industrial style decorations.

Drywall and burnt cement: an interesting combination for industrial style decorations

Image 35 - Wall of drywall adhesive: it is possible to use whatever you want to decorate this type of wall.

Wall of drywall adhesive: it is possible to use whatever you want to decorate this type of wall

Image 36 - The solution to isolate the service area of ​​the other environments of the house was to use walls of drywall

The solution to isolate the service area of ​​the other environments of the house was to use drywall walls

Picture 37 - In this room, the wall of drywall was used to serve as a base for the style dressing room dressing table.

In that room, the wall of drywall was used to serve as a base for the dressing-style dressing table

Image 38 - To remove the kitchen from the entrance of the house, the solution was to use a drywall partition.

To remove the kitchen from the entrance of the house, the solution was to use a drywall partition

Picture 39 - Drywall with boisserie: joining the classic to the modern

Drywall with boisserie: joining the classic to the modern

Image 40 - Half wall drywall? You can also see how the result is interesting both from a functional and aesthetic point of view.

Half wall drywall? You can also see how the result is interesting both from a functional and aesthetic point of view

Image 41 - Drywall is also a great solution for using wall lamps.

Drywall is also a great solution for use of wall luminaires

Image 42 - The wall of drywall values ​​the entrance hall.

The wall of drywall enhances the entrance hall

Picture 43 - A clean and well divided environment with the use of drywall.

A clean and well-divided environment with the use of drywall

Picture 44 - The wall of drywall in this room serves as a support for the bed and helps to "hide" what does not need to be visible.

The wall of drywall in this room serves as a support for the bed and helps to "hide" what does not need to be visible

Picture 45 - The wall of drywall divides the environment and with the help of the mirror allows it to appear apparently larger.

The wall of drywall divides the environment and with the help of the mirror allows it to appear apparently larger

Picture 46 - In this kitchen, the subway tiles were used without fear on the wall of drywall.

In this kitchen, the subway tiles were used without fear on the wall of drywall

Is there a fireplace in the living room? Then use the fire-resistant drywall board.

Is there a fireplace in the living room? Then use the fire-resistant drywall board

Image 48 - When the house is a single environment, the solution is to ensure privacy using drywall.

When the home is a single environment, the solution is to ensure privacy using drywall

Image 49 - An indirect lighting project is always welcome on drywall walls and ceilings.

An indirect lighting project is always welcome on drywall walls and ceilings

Image 50 - With the drywall, you divide the environments as you wish.

With the drywall, you divide the environments as you wish

Image 51 - Can you hang a TV on the wall of drywall? Yes, provided that the bushings and screws are suitable for this type of material.

Can you hang a TV on the dry wall? Yes, provided that the bushings and screws are suitable for this type of material

Picture 52 - Wall of drywall, cortineiro, recessed ceiling: the plaster can do incredible things for the decoration of the house

Wall of drywall, cortineiro, recessed ceiling: plaster can do incredible things for the decoration of the house

Picture 53 - On one side, the glass wall, on the other, the wall of drywall.

On one side, the glass wall on the other, the wall of drywall

Picture 54 - A wall of drywall can be useful for displaying pieces of art or something of special value to you, as in that image.

The wall of drywall can be useful for displaying pieces of art or something of special value to you, as in this image

Picture 55 - What was once room and room, now are two distinct and separate environments

What used to be a room and a room, now are two distinct and separate environments

Image 56 - Separated by drywall, but united by decoration.

Separated by drywall, but united by decoration

Image 57 - That space that would serve no purpose earned a wall of drywall to put the TV.

That space that would serve no purpose earned a wall of drywall to put the TV

Image 58 - Mirroring the drywall is a creative solution to leave the environment bigger, brighter and, more stylishly, breakable.

Mirroring drywall is a creative solution to leave the environment larger, brighter and, more stylishly, breakable

Image 59 - Drywall is widely used in trades and public areas.

Drywall is widely used in trades and public areas

Image 60 - You can choose to share a part of the environment with the drywall and another with the American counter.

You can choose to share a part of the environment with drywall and another with the American counter

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