Basement Finishing with Drywall

Posted on: November 15, 2014
Posted by: Sebring Home Improvement

What Drywall Size is Right for Your Finished Basement

Drywall boards come in a few common thicknesses. There is 1/4 inch drywall, 1/2 inch drywall, 5/8ths of an inch drywall and 3/4 inch drywall.

The most commonly installed thickness, is 1/2 inch. This is what is installed in most basements. Consider 3/4 of an inch, especially for the ceiling and some of the walls where you want to cut down on noise transfer.

When talking with contractors, the word is; it would be a lot more expensive to use 3/4 inch and that you could get better value for your money by just installing in R13 insulation to reduce noise instead. Just another reason it is critical to get a great contractor.

TIP: If your ceiling joist are 24 inch on center instead of 16 inch on center.... then you need to use 3/8ths for the ceiling instead of 1/2 inch. The 1/2 inch drywall is too heavy and may sag if the joist are to far apart.

How Heavy is a Sheet of Drywall

Lets say you did want to install all of your drywall yourself. This is a blog about finishing your own basement after all.

How heavy is a single sheet? If you had a stack of drywall delivered to your driveway, could you carry them in by yourself?

A 4' x 8' x 1/2 inch thick sheet of drywall weighs 54 lbs.

A 4' x 12' x 1/2 inch thick sheet of drywall weighs 82 lbs.

Drywall Size: What is the Right Sheet Length

8 feet is probably the standard size. Each sheet being 4 feet high by 8 feet long.

Drywall also comes in 12 foot lengths (still 4 feet high). Drywall guys prefer to work with the 12 foot lengths because there are fewer drywall seems to deal with.

The installation cost can be considerably cheaper if they can use 12 foot drywall size boards.

Why not everyone use 12 foot drywall boards?

It is all in the angles. A 12 foot drywall board cannot be carried into the basement through the inside stairwell. There usually is not enough room to make the turn.

If you have a walk-in basement or a walk-down basement without too many steps then they can easily carry in 12 foot boards. Otherwise they need to use 8 foot boards.

So consider yourself lucky if you have the option of getting the drywall boards into the basement through a walk-in door. You just saved yourself a couple hundred bucks!

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