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Sheetrock vs Drywall: What’s The Difference?

sheetrock vs drywall

If you have a walling project on your hand, you are going to want to start thinking about materials. In the modern era of building, Sheetrock and drywall are two of the most prominent terms that you will hear about as you look to make this decision.

But what exactly are these materials, and what makes them special? These are the questions that any do it yourself builder will want to have answered before they start to tackle their project.

It’s also the exact question that we will be answering today. Read on to find out the difference between drywall and Sheetrock!

What is Drywall?

Drywall is a smooth building material that is used in a variety of home construction projects. Most notably, it’s prominently used in walling projects.

Drywall is valued because it is relatively affordable, relatively easy to install material. It’s made of gypsum and comes in sheets with varying degrees of thickness.

As a result of the variety, users are able to buy drywall in the exact level of thickness that is right for their needs.

This material is actually fairly soft, which makes it easy to hang pictures, posters, and shelves on it,  though that softness does translate into less durability than a material like plaster would have.

However, when it comes to insulation, there is no beating drywall. Because it is a relatively new material (it really picked up around World War 2) it also compliments the best methods of modern insulation, making it an energy efficient way to wall your home.

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What is Sheetrock?

This might feel a little bit anticlimactic, but Sheetrock actually is drywall. It’s a brand name that is often used generically to describe the material as a whole. You know, the same way that everyone calls their medicinal adhesives Band-Aids? Probably because medicinal adhesive doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.

Anyway, the Sheetrock company makes a variety of different walling related products in addition to drywall, including heat resistant panels among other things.

Otherwise, the same rules of thumb hold true. You will be able to buy drywall materials from Sheetrock that come in a variety of different thicknesses and sizes to suit the needs of your project.

Is there any difference?

No. There really is not any difference between Sheetrock drywall, and the generic product itself (although the company would probably heavily object to that statement).

There will be differences in quality between Sheetrock and other brand names, but in terms of general application, no, Sheetrock will be no different than any other drywall product.

The only real difference is that since Sheetrock is a brand rather than simply a product, they also have other options that go beyond your basic drywall.

You might buy a variety of different things from the Sheetrock brand (owned by the Gypsum Company) as you begin to work on your drywall project.


So, to conclude, there actually is not any difference between Sheetrock and drywall. Whether or not you decide to go with the Sheetrock brand is, of course, going to be up to you, but regardless, now that you know what these terms mean, you can head to the store with confidence as you shop for your next walling project.

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