Back at it again with the blogs about super cool and exciting drywall specifications! In one of our earlier posts, we introduced the topic of drywall. And while some might consider it a…dry subject, it is a topic we here at Parker & Sons are very enthusiastic about. Almost all modern homes, offices, and business are full of drywall, from floor to ceiling. There are excellent reasons for this. First off, drywall is one of the most cost efficient building materials in the entire world. It can be manufactured and installed relatively cheaply. It also has the benefit of being flame retardant and with certain installation methods and drywall types, it can reduce sound transmission through ceilings and walls. Wow! Drywall sure sounds great!
Are there any negative to drywall?
At the risk of sounding nihilistic, there are negatives in anything. We do not live in a world of Platonic Ideals. We live in a world of balance. Drywall is fantastic for so many reasons, but it is vulnerable to moisture, water damage, mold, and mildew. Worst yet, the damage caused by exposure to moisture can almost never be reversed. Instead, the drywall typically has to be replaced. However, by being aware that drywall can be damaged by moisture, you can take steps to protect it.
The first rule is, avoid prolonged exposure to water! This exposure can happen any number of ways. For example, drywall in the bathroom often becomes damaged due to poor ventilation and high humidity. Major drywall may happen if there is a leak somewhere in the plumbing system. This can cause large quantities of water to seep through the floor, ceiling, or walls which can directly damage the drywall, or lead to the development of mold and mildew, which is an even worse eventuality!