Any building is built first and foremost as a place of shelter. No matter what size of building you are making the exterior wall is the place where all the elements are going to hit. As much as people inside can do damage, one strong person can not do as much damage as one strong wind. When you are setting up your exterior drywall you want an experienced contractor that keeps everything in mind and understands the important differences between interior and exterior drywall. Drywall is the skeletal structure of your building so you want it sturdy, and you want it done right.
What is exterior drywall?
Lath and plaster was what was used before drywall to make walls. It was a series of wood strips that was coated and filled in with plaster to build up the walls of a building. Drywall was the one step premade lath and plaster with some other improvements. There is drywall and there is drywall specifically formulated for exterior walls. Exterior drywall once installed is meant to be covered by an exterior finish cladding. Which type of finish is of individual choice to the owner of the home. It could be brick, siding, or other masonry work.
What is the difference between interior and exterior drywall?
Although all drywall and sheathing usually have gypsum rock in between two layers of paper the exterior drywall will be some other difference in how they are made. Drywall of any kind will be ant mildew and anti mold. However exterior drywall may have more resistance to damaging moisture that could cause mold and mildew as it does have the high possibility of being exposed to more damp and wet conditions. Mold and mildew are very serious health hazards so the more resistance to these possible conditions the better.
The first fire changed human kind. They are a wonderful source of heat and a great way to cook food. However the last thing you want is a beautiful fire to get out of control. Picking the right kind of drywall can help with this. All drywall when being made will always have a certain amount of fire resistance. Some exterior drywall could have more fire resistance elements to it to help protect the house from out door fires, but not always. In geographic areas where forest fires are rampant and common houses will be built with drywall that has the highest level of fire resistance.
Our staff here at Las Vegas Drywall Pros know everything there is to know about drywall. Getting a projected started and completed usually means you will likely be using some drywall, probably on the interior and the exterior. When you are unsure of what kind of drywall you need we are here to advise you and help you through your decicison. Not only that but we are great at putting the stuff up. Even if you just have questions please free to contact us. We are here to help you.