No matter if you’re a rookie new to construction or you’re a long-time contractor that’s a little curious, you may not know the difference between Sheetrock and drywall. The most basic way to describe it is similar to the comparison between a Q-Tip and a cotton swab. Essentially, one is a name brand while the other the a generic brand. With that out of the way, we’ll get into the difference in more detail now. Whether you’re working with drywall or Sheetrock, you need a spray rig you can trust. At American Spray Technologies, we have multiple styles of spray rigs that you can customize to fit your needs. Check out our selection and call us to start building your own rig today!


What is Drywall?

Few construction materials are as well known and widely used as drywall. It is utilized to produce flat walls and other important surfaces. A single sheet of drywall contains gypsum, which is a type of rock that has been turned into powder and was pressed between two pieces of very thick paper. Drywall is installed with either screws or nails attaching it to the studs of the room, while the seams between sheets of drywall are filled with a joint compound. Compared to older methods like plaster, drywall is much easier to install and repair if necessary.


What is Sheetrock?

Sheetrock is the brand name of a specific drywall (like Q-Tip) which includes a variety of different types of drywall in a variety of thicknesses. Sheetrock also produces a line of specialty products — fire-resistant walls or panels with moisture protection, for example. Essentially, Sheetrock provides more specialized options compared to standard drywall, which sets it apart from generic brands. That means the specific needs of the building or home are able to be met with one of these specialized options. Sheetrock also produces drywall tools that contractors and homeowners alike can purchase, under their brand name. That means that while Sheetrock can refer to a basic style of drywall, it can also be applied to specialized options as well as the tools used, giving it a wider range of application than you might expect at first.


The Differences

When you get right down to it, the actual differences between Sheetrock and drywall are pretty limited. Past the specialized designs or tools that Sheetrock offers, both terms are often used interchangeably. Sheetrock has become something of a catch-all term thanks to brand ubiquity, similar to how Kleenex is widely used to describe tissues, even when they are not Kleenex brand. While some contractors find it is advantageous to use Sheetrock products, others are more prone to use a generic brand drywall. Because they’re practically the same thing, consumers often will get the terms mixed up, though most contractors will understand what they’re talking about. We hope this clears up any misunderstandings or sates your curiosity as to what, if any, differences there are between Sheetrock and drywall. If you’re in the market for a drywall spray rig, check out the wide variety of options we have here at American Spray Technologies. You can customize your rig to fit all of your needs so you can get the job done. Call us today at 877-833-4342!