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What’s the Difference Between Sheetrock and Drywall?

What’s the Difference Between Sheetrock and Drywall?

If you’re among the many people who don’t have experience in commercial or residential construction, you may have questions about the differences between sheetrock and drywall.

For this blog, we wanted to try to answer just that.

Starting from the top

If you were to go into your local pharmacy and walk to the first aid isle and you grabbed a box of Band-Aids in one hand and box of adhesive bandages in the other, you’d essentially be holding two boxes of the same thing.

The primary difference is that one would be a well-known name brand while the other is off label.

You can think of sheetrock and drywall in the same way.

Drywall defined

Drywall is a very common construction material that’s used in both residential and commercial construction jobs throughout the US.  Drywall consists of a material that’s known as gypsum, and the gypsum is pressed between two pieces of thick paper.

Drywall installation is fairly simple, and it can be done by nailing or screwing sheets of drywall to wall studs.

Sheetrock defined

Sheetrock is a brand-name for drywall. Much like off-label brands, it comes in a variety of sizes and thicknesses.  As a brand, Sheetrock also produces a wide-array of specialty products. If you’re looking to purchase panels that offer moisture protection, or panels that are fire-resistant, Sheetrock can accommodate you.

So what’s the difference?

If you’re looking for standard-use material, then standard drywall will likely meet your needs. On the other hand, if you’re wanting to find a construction material that has a lot of specialized options, then you’ll want to consider Sheetrock.

It’s also worth noting that Sheetrock also makes a full line of drywall installation tools– so while some people may initially think that Sheetrock as a brand only refers to drywall, that’s not entirely correct.

The bottom line

At the end of the day drywall and Sheetrock are essentially the same thing; people will often use the terms interchangeably. Sheetrock has become to drywall what “Band Aid” has become to self-adhesive bandages.

If you’re in the market for a drywall installation company or you have questions about the pros and cons of using drywall versus plaster, call Premier Plastering of SW Florida today at 239-348-9299 to speak with a customer care agent. Our company is licensed and insured and we’re happy to answer any questions you have about timelines and project costs.