Is There A Difference Between Drywall And Sheetrock?

Is There A Difference Between Drywall And Sheetrock?

Sheetrock is simply the brand name of an incredibly popular drywall product. Drywall, a panel made of gypsum plaster sandwiched between thick paper, has many vendors. Though people will call all sorts of drywall, “Sheetrock,” only drywall from U.S. Gypsum Company is actually allowed to market drywall as under the name Sheetrock. So, even if the drywall is from Titan Commercial Products, Allied Manufacturing, or National Gypsum Company, people are likely going to call it, “Sheetrock.”  Sheetrock was one of the first drywall products and is so popular that its name seems virtually interchangeable with drywall. Think about how often you call an off-brand of tissue, “Kleenex.” It’s the same idea. Not all nuggets are McNuggets, but that doesn’t mean children won’t refer to them as such.

Drywall by other names is also wallboard, plasterboard, gypsum board, or gypsum panel. It’s made from calcium sulfate dihydrate (gypsum) with or without additives. Usually it’s pressed in between thick sheets of paper (a facer and a backer.)

Tip: You can sometimes find drywall half priced in decent shape at Habitat for Humanity or other resale stores.

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