When performing home remodeling in Delray Beach, an important consideration to make is choosing a finish for your wall. Two popular options that homeowners select from are drywall and plywood. Each material has its share of advantages and disadvantages, which we make sure to explain to our customers when asked which one is better. Here, we provide basic information about each material, so you can make an informed decision in the end.
What Is Plywood?
Plywood is made up of several sheets of thin wood, bonded together by an adhesive. It ranges in quality, which is characterized by the number of sheets being layered and/or the quality of the glue that’s used. We do not recommend painting the plywood without first texturing it, as the material is less attractive than other finishes, which is one of its disadvantages.
What Is Drywall?
Drywall uses gypsum that is squeezed between sheets of thick paper and is heavier to work with than plywood, making installation more labor-intensive. However, it is considered the modern-day alternative to plaster, which is even more expensive and labor-intensive than both drywall and plywood. Drywall is considered the more popular option, providing homes with many benefits, including fire resistance, energy efficiency, and some moisture resistance.
Plywood Is Easier To Install
Plywood is significantly lighter than drywall, which means less work during installation. Additionally, there are fewer required steps to complete the job. For example, when installing plywood, the contractor you hire does not have to apply joint compound or sand down the joints to make them smooth, as they would after hanging drywall. In general, all that is involved is to caulk the seams between the boards, which is significantly less time-consuming.
Although drywall does take more time to install and is often a two-man job, it’s important to note that installation is not difficult. Drywall is easy to hang and can be cut however you/the contractor wants, making it easy to handle.
Drywall Is Cheaper
Plywood, like most wood, is an expensive material to work with. It isn’t much more expensive than drywall, but the material does cost more. When you add that to the cost of labor, you may find that you will save more money using drywall instead of plywood. Additionally, drywall is more affordable to repair.
Plywood Is More Durable
Drywall may be heavier, but plywood is considered more structurally sound, making it the better option when you have to hang a lot of objects on your wall, for example, shelves or tools in a garage. As a result, depending on the room, plywood may be the more sensible wall finish. This also applies to homes that have family members who are accident-prone and may damage things more easily. However, it is important to note that drywall is more fire-resistant, making it safer, and many homeowners will be drawn to this attribute.
Drywall is Easier to Repair
It is a fact: walls get damaged from time to time. Depending on the material, repairing the damage can be a difficult task, especially if you lack the skills for the repair and need to hire a professional. Plywood is a difficult material to fix, usually resulting in removing a portion of the wall. Drywall, on the other hand, is quite simple to repair. For example, if you accidentally got a hole in the wall, depending on its size, it will likely require patch up and sanding, which is easier to do on your own.
Drywall is Better Looking
Plywood may have a natural wood grain pattern, which makes it good for cabins and similar environments, but drywall comes with a smooth finish, meaning you don’t have to smooth it down prior to applying paint. Drywall also comes with many texturing options, and it is a more conventional finish, as it is ready to use for most residential and commercial spaces.
As you can see, each wall finish has its pros and cons. We prefer to work with drywall because it offers many benefits to homes, offices, garages, and other living spaces. When you need a professional team for drywall installations and repairs, contact us.
At Fast Finish Drywall, we pay attention to high-quality service for all our remodeling projects. We consider your walls to be your canvas and should start with a seamless, solid base. For home remodeling in Delray Beach, contact Fast Finish Drywall. Call 754-245-2890 for a free quote.