Custom Home

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Choosing a Builder

The Lot

Architectural Design

Windows and Doors

Interior Design



Air Conditioning





Brick and Stone


Sheetrock ®



Paint and Wall Coverings



Say What?


Just in case you are wondering, Sheetrock is not just another name for drywall. Sheetrock is the only drywall to use on your home. To be accurate, SHEETROCK ® is a registered brand name for USG's gypsum panels or drywall.

Don't let your builder substitute an inferior drywall; insist on getting the real thing. Make sure you specify in advance, before it is ordered, that you want USG's Sheetrock wallboard. Don't let your builder talk you into something else.

Drywall happens quickly. One day you are looking at studs, plumbing, and electrical wiring. A few days later, the insulation is in, and then wallboard is all you see.

This is probably stating the obvious, but you want to make sure that the wiring and plumbing are correct before the drywall goes up. It is not impossible to fix later, but it is a nuisance.

How Thick?

1/2" and 5/8" Sheetrock wallboard panels should be used for framing centers up to 24". 5/8" panels should be used for ceilings to prevent sagging. 3/8" panels should be used for framing centers up to 16". 1/4" is for covering old walls or ceilings. It can also be used as the base layer on a multi-layer wall for sound proofing. Lastly, it can be used for curved surfaces.

Personally, I would use the thickest wallboard possible to help prevent sagging and decrease sound transmission.

Nails and screws

How far apart should nails and screws be when hanging drywall?

Space nails a maximum of 7" apart for ceilings and 8" apart for walls. Space screws a maximum 12" apart for ceilings and 16" apart on walls. Nails and screws should be at least 3/8" from the edges and ends of Sheetrock panels. Double-nailing is recommended to reduce nail pops.

This information was taken from the USG Homeowner Answer Center.

Concrete Backerboard

Many builders try to use greenboard (water-resistant wallboard) behind tile in bathrooms and kitchens. Greenboard is useful for around bathtubs or shower stall ceilings; however, I wouldn't use it behind tile. If the tile is not sealed properly, the greenboard will begin to deteriorate.

Instead of greenboard, use concrete backerboard behind tile, or around bathtubs and shower walls. Concrete backerboard is basically concrete with a fiberglass mesh.

Drywall Resources

USG has a Gypsum Construction Handbook available. They also offer a Homeowner Answer Center that covers Sheetrock wallboard, acoustic ceilings, and ceramic tile. It discusses planning, installing, finishing, and repairing drywall.

Also check out:

Balthazar Custom Homes

If you are looking for a great custom home builder in Dallas, check out John Balthazar of Balthazar Custom Homes. He is fair and knowledgeable. His quality is first-rate. He uses great sub-contractors.

You can contact John at 972-618-7653.



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