At McKay’s Painting, we are often asked questions about our drywall services and what terms mean. In response, we have compiled a drywall glossary to help our valued customers better understand the common words and phrases associated with drywall repair and installation.
Glossary of Drywall Terms
Bulkhead ceiling: Bulkhead ceilings are used as an attractive interior design feature that protrude from the wall or from the main ceiling to be; they are typically made from plasterboard.
Drywall: Drywall is a panel made of gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper that is used to make interior walls and ceilings. Drywall has several names in the industry, they are also known as plasterboard, wallboard, sheetrock, gypsum board.
Drywall compound: Drywall compound is a white powder derived of gypsum dust that is mixed with water to form a mud; which is typically the consistency of cake frosting. The mud is then used with paper or fiber joint tape to the seal joints between sheets of drywall, which creates a smooth and seamless base for paint on interior walls.
Drywall cutter: Drywall cutter is an effective tool used to neatly cut drywall neatly. However, most professionals in the industry utilize a utility knife due to its versatility.
Drywall hammer: Drywall hammer is a special type of hammer used specifically when working with drywall services.
Drywall insulation: Drywall insulation, made of glass wool, is inserted into steel and timber frames of the drywall. The insulation is used to make the drywall soundproof and/or fireproof.
Drywall paint: Normally an acrylic PVA, drywall paint is used to paint partitions and ceilings.
Drywall screws: Drywall screws are specifically engineered used to fasten plasterboards to studs and tracks.
Drywall stand: Used to lift plasterboards up to the ceiling and keep them in supported and in place while installing the plasterboards, a drywall stand is a specialized stand or lift.
Drywall stilts: Drywall stilts in drywall services are manufactured from aluminum, and used in the finishing of drywall.
Drywall stud: Drywall studs are used to construct partitions that are attached to the tracks, where the plasterboards are connected to.
Drywall tape: Drywall tape is used to cover joints in drywall to seal and prevent cracking as it ages.
Drywall track: Constructed of aluminums, drywall tracks are installed onto the floor and ceiling to hold the studs in place.
Gypsum ceiling: A type of drywall ceiling that is manufactured of gypsum board.
Popcorn ceiling: A popcorn ceiling is the informal reference to Acoustic ceiling which is also known as cottage cheese-ceiling or Stucco ceiling. Popcorn ceiling is a common term used for a spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatment that originated from the late 1950s into the 1980s in American residential construction.
Sheetrock: Sheetrock is plasterboard made sheets of heavy paper that sandwiches gypsum in between the layers.
Sheetrock ceiling: Sheetrock ceiling is a ceiling constructed of sheetrock.
Soundproof drywall: Soundproof drywall is a drywall partition which is heavily insulated with soundproof materials.
Suspended ceiling: A suspended ceiling, also be referred to as a drop ceiling, T-bar ceiling, false ceiling, grid ceiling, drop in ceiling, drop out ceiling, or ceiling tiles is a secondary ceiling, hung below the primary, or structural ceiling. It is found in both residential and commercial applications in common modern construction and architecture.
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We hope the glossary above has answered any questions you may have about what drywall is and what it can do for your home or business. If you need drywall repair or replacement, do not hesitate to call McKay’s Painting today!