Contractor Building Supply: The History of Drywall

At CSR Building Supplies, we are the most trusted source for professional drywall tools and supplies. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is glad to assist you with all your drywall needs. In fact, we are even equipped to deliver our products to your job site first thing in the morning. Our delivery trucks leave our warehouse at 5:30 am so that your supplies can be delivered by 7:00 am. Since we are drywall aficionados, we would like to explore the topic of drywall in more detail.

Drywall Name

The name “drywall” refers to the installation process of the material. Prior to the discovery of drywall, plaster was used to create walls. The problem with plaster was that it takes an extremely long time to dry, which was very inconvenient for workers. The next layer of plaster could not be applied until the first layer was completely dry, so the use of plaster slowed down the entire process. Unlike plaster, drywall is installed without the use of water and is a much more efficient building material to work with.


The Origins Of Drywall

In 1916, The US Gypsum Company (USG) invented drywall, which was compressed gypsum between two sheets of heavy paper. Originally, drywall was referred to as “Sackett Board,” which was named after the USG subsidiary, Sackett Plaster Company. However, the name simply did not take off, and it was later called drywall.

People Were Unsure Of Drywall

At first, people did not trust drywall to be used in their homes and businesses. Plaster had been around for ages and it was even associated with many works of fine art. Many historically famous Italian painters of the past painted their masterpieces on plaster. People believed drywall to be a cheaply made material, and they constructed their walls with plaster instead. Eventually, USG changed the name of drywall to “sheetrock” in an attempt to lure potential customers, but it didn’t work.

Finally, Builders Embrace Drywall

When World War II hit the United States, builders finally began using drywall in their building materials. Soldiers were sent overseas and the labor force revolved around manufacturing war materials. Not only was there a labor shortage but the increasing war costs also helped to increase the demand for inexpensive and quick building materials. Building with plaster was simply not a practical option for building materials, so drywall use increased. By the end of the war, drywall dominated the building supply market.

How Is Drywall Made?

The main material in drywall is gypsum, which is a mineral derived from rock beds. Gypsum usually looks like white sand, but the particles can also be colored gray, yellow, or pink. Gypsum also contains high amounts of water in a crystalline form. These water molecules are the reason that drywall is fire-resistant. Not only are the crystals fire resistant, but they also help to keep the drywall at a cool temperature.

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