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The Patch Boys are St. Louis’ experts on drywall repair to provide flawless walls and ceilings to the many homes of the Greater St. Louis area. But what are drywalls anyway, and why take note?
Although drywall is everywhere, it is a glossed-over mystery for most people. What is it anyway? Drywall is a construction material, a gypsum panel used to create walls, ceilings, and many design features such as eaves, arches, and others. It has many names: dry lining, buster board, custard board, gypsum board or panel, plasterboard, sheetrock, and wallboard. The primary material is gypsum, a substance that contains a large amount of water in crystalline form, making individual gypsum molecules dry and cool.
Benefits of Having Drywall
Drywall became popular because it was quick and easy to install, particularly persistent and straightforward to repair compared to lath and plaster. Other benefits of drywall include:
- longer lasting and more resilient compared to simple plaster.
- an excellent support to walls and lengthens their longevity.
- resistant to the elements, primarily fire and water.
- relatively cheap, easy to maintain, and good for reducing sound.
- customizable and provides an easy base for masonry.
The Different Types of Drywall
There are plenty of drywall variations. It depends on what is added to the gypsum and the type of paper used to hold it.
- Regular drywall is applied to standard walls, ceilings, and other features. It is made with gypsum, water, starch, paper pulp, and an emulsifier.
- Blue board drywall is applied as a foundation for the plaster to create a specific look. This type is wrapped with a coating that makes plaster easier to attach.
- Flexible drywall is applied to narrow curving spaces. This type is dampened, so it becomes looser.
- Impact-resistant drywall is applied to high-contact areas, such as gymnasiums, dormitories, etc. Fiber strands are included in the gypsum picture, together with the use of thicker paper to add thickness.
- Lead-lined drywall is applied to areas subject to high amounts of radiation, such as X-ray rooms and laboratories. A thin layer of lead is set between the gypsum covering and the paper sheet, hindering X-ray waves from passing through the walls and outside the space.
- Moisture-resistant drywall is applied to areas prone to increased moisture, such as bathrooms, exterior walls, basements, etc. Water-resistant paper is laid over regular panel.
- Perlite drywall is applied to walls or ceilings to improve fire resistance in buildings that need better structural integrity against fires. Fiber strands are included in the gypsum mixture to create this type.
- Soundboard drywall is applied to areas where loud noise is expected and reduced, such as hallways, offices, etc. Polymers that minimize noise transmission are added onto a traditional gypsum sheet, converting the vibrations to heat energy.
Newer tends to be more environmentally friendly due to a growing market for environmental products incorporating agricultural materials like wheat, grass, and straw and attempting to create a zero carbon footprint.
Meet the Patch Boys of St. Louis
Because of its staple as a building material in domestic spaces, drywall repair is essential. Residential ceilings and walls are frequently damaged and need persistent repairs—and the Patch Boys began to meet that demand, offering differentiated service that makes them unique in the home service industry.
The Patch Boys hold themselves in high regard, and as St Louis’ drywall repair experts, they pursue the highest standards through fast and effective service.
With their guarantee of a “Superior Service,” the Patch Boys will provide the utmost care and consideration to their clientele’s spaces as they would their own offices and personal homes.
The Patch Boys is foremost a service to the community, which is their biggest motivator to help their neighbors and fellow St. Louisans.