Myths about Drywalling

A member company of AAAMSA points out that homeowners, builders and even architects are more inclined to focus on brick and mortar than looking at lightweight material options like drywall. As leaders in light weight construction building materials, Saint-Gobain Africa, dispels some of the myths relating to using drywall.

“Internationally drywall is used in most homes, and in many builds, both at the start of construction and for renovation purposes,” explains Asaad Manjoo, from Gyproc South Africa, a division of Saint-Gobain Africa. “In South Africa, where the residential market makes up 52% of the building market, one of the main reasons people do not use drywall is the misconception that it is a cheap alternative and will not offer the same quality overall that a brick-and-mortar wall will.”

Studies conducted have shown that many people believe drywall options to be of a lower quality than brick-and-mortar, offering less privacy and insulation, resulting in a home that looks cheap. The reality is that by using good quality drywall products, customers can have all the benefits of brick-and-mortar builds with the convenience and simplicity of light weight construction materials.

Faster and cleaner

Some of the benefits of using drywalling include:

- Less mess and dust – drywalling is 3 to 4 times faster than standard masonry construction, leaving less mess and dust.
- Drywall offers great design flexibility, with ease of construction that saves money in the long run. Covid showed us how quickly industrial spaces now had to accommodate residential too to make for multi-purpose buildings. People at home had to re-purpose rooms to fashion offices.
- Drywalling is also 8 to 10 times lighter than standard masonry construction meaning it has less of a load on the foundations. With traditional brick and mortar, it is relatively difficult to complete renovations as the internal walls will require foundation. Drywall systems for internal walls do not require foundations, and the result is also a cleaner work site.
- Contrary to what 79% of people polled in the study think, drywall is extremely durable, with solutions that allow for heavy objects to be hung straight onto the wall without additional noggins. Example, Large Smart TV’s, shelving, cabinets, heavy artwork etc.
- Using a drywall system (plasterboard + insulation) offers superior acoustic performance so noise is not a problem, in fact offering better acoustic performance than brick walls.
- Using drywall is also more sustainable as less water is used in the construction process and the drywall material is made from recycle-able materials.
- Aesthetically the appearance is crack-free.
- High-performing drywall can also have fire-resistance properties.