Many homebuyers, builders, and renovators aren’t sure what to hang on their walls. There are so many options on the market it’s difficult to tell which one offers the best utility for your space. For the most part the choice will be between blueboard or drywall. Each one offers different benefits depending on need and location, but the advantages to using one or the other typically depend on a number of factors. We’re going to compare blueboard and drywall and outline some benefits and drawbacks to help you understand each option.
Drywall is made of gypsum and calcium sulfate. It’s been in use since the 1940’s for building a variety of spaces like homes, offices, commercial buildings, and more. It’s typically cut into standard sizes like 4 foot wide by 8, 12, or 16 feet length choices. However, it’s very easy to cut and shape to fit any space, so it’s rectangular nature isn’t a contributing factor when choosing whether or not to purchase drywall.
Drywall is installed by hanging, joint compound application, and sanding. With drywall you’re looking at a special veneer that hardens to prevent dings, scratches, or even holes. This is a big advantage for spaces with the potential for lots of movement or collisions. This can cut down on the need for patch repair or extra painting, and minimizes potential damage across the space.
However, drywall comes with some drawbacks. It usually looks rough and is not nearly as smooth to the touch and is noticeably more textured. The timeline for mounting and finishing a drywall installation is also a minimum of three days. It needs time for the compound to cure and for proper sanding. The bigger the space, the longer the waiting period.
On the other hand, Blueboard is constructed a bit differently. Blueboard still has the same gypsum interior, but the outside is coated in a blue paper, hence the name. This blue paper is designed to bond with a specific kind of plaster. This allows builders much more control of the final texture and smoothness of the walls after the plaster application.
Blueboard also doesn’t require the three day waiting period, as the entire project can be completed one step after another. After the blueboard has been mounted the installer can apply some tape and then plaster the joints—no joint compound needed! After that the entire wall is covered with one or two really thin layers of the special plaster.
The benefit to using blueboard is the strong absorption of the blue paper. Since the paper absorbs much better than normal drywall, the overall product is much smoother and evenly toned across the entire wall. The joints are not as obvious and the final texture is incredibly smooth to touch and sight. Since the blue paper is much more receptive to the application paint versus the drywall mud, builders have a variety of choices for finishes and final looks for their blueboard installation.
Is there a superior choice?
There’s no better choice between drywall or blueboard. Which one offers more benefits will depend entirely on the space it’s installed in and who is designing the space. Drywall may be the better option for a rougher space that may not be used much whereas blueboard could be a great choice for high use spaces. It will ultimately be your choice, but Central Mass Plastering highly recommends blueboard for all of your interior needs. If you’re interested in contracting us for a blueboard installation, give us a call at (978) 807-1481.