Drywall has been the wall of choice for homes in the U.S since the 1940’s. While using drywall has numerous benefits there are other options you can use for your wall and plywood is one of them if a less than perfect finish is ok for you.
Here are a few comparisons that will help you to decide whether drywall or plywood is best for you:
Drywall – to hang heavy objects on drywall you’ll need to locate the studs on the drywall and screw the object there.
Plywood – You can screw anywhere on the plywood and hang your object. It offers alot of structural support and can withstand dents and damages that drywall is more susceptible to. So a popular place to use plywood s in your garage or storage spaces.
Ease of Installation:
Drywall is approximately 20-3- pounds more than plywood and due to this the installation process is a bit longer than applying plywood. Installing drywall involves taping, applying joint compound and sanding joints smooth after hanging. This is not only time-consuming but difficult for the average person to complete successfully. Plywood walls, however, require no taping or joint compound, most installers simply caulk the seams between the boards to complete the installation.
Drywall is more fire resistant than plywood and it meets the building fire requirements for homes for most states. Homeowners might choose to use drywall regardless of it plywood meets the required fire resistant requirements just for added security and safety in the event of an emergency fire. Check with your local building authority for rules on using plywood as the sole interior wall finish.
Using plywood gives you a grainy finish while drywall provides a smooth ready to paint surface. Furniture-grade plywood finished with a clear topcoat will give you a sleek modern look while drywall is a bit more conventional and has many options for texturing.
In the end, the choice is your whether you use drywall and plywood (where it meets your state’s building safety requirements.