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Paper-thin walls.

Posted by Helena Grossberg on November 10, 2013
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For those who bumped into a wall in the US might have been surprised… It is paper-thin. Only the very old mansions were built with cement walls. Today, homes are built with pre-fabricated drywalls, which can be cut and set up on location, according to the specifications of the design.

Are they better? They seem so fragile… The first drywalls, plasterboards, were created in England at the end of the 19th century. They were in fact made with paper and plaster, stuffed with inner layers of felt paper for thermal and sound protection. Today, after many trial and errors, the quality is much better, even providing fire protection.

Today, there are many kinds of drywall. Some are built with additional resistance to mold or with ceramic, for humid rooms, such as saunas and indoor pools. Others, are built with ecomaterials, or even insulation against radiation.

There are many advantages to using drywall instead of traditional walls in construction:

  • Flexibility – Easy to set up, they can be executed without much leftover residues, in a fast and clean manner.
  • Layout – Walls can be configured in accordance with the demands of each room. This way, they can be set up with thin or thicker materials or double layers to hold cables, pipes, and soundproof coatings.
  • Light – The weight of a drywall is on average 15% lighter than regular masonry.
  • High Quality – The finishes of a drywall are equivalent to the concrete cement, and it is much easier to repair a drywall or renovate a room.
  • Resistance – These walls can accomplish the same mechanical resistance as a traditional wall.
  • Versatility – These plasterboard walls can hide several wires, pipes, and columns that can be changed in the course of a renovation. Linings may vary to accommodate different needs.
  • Costs – It’s cost can be much lower than traditional walls not because of its composition, that can be much more sophisticated, but because of it ease of installation and transport.

Many homes in the US were also built with a texture in the ceiling called Popcorn paint. This finish was the standard used in most home constructions between 1950 and 1980, because of its durability, sound proofing qualities, and above all, because it could hide all imperfections.

Popcorn ceiling is very easy to remove, it needs to be sprayed with water to be softened and then removed with a spatula. After sanding, it can be painted on top. However, this creates a lot of dust, which can be dangerous.

Textured paint is also very common in many homes, hiding little fingerprints, crayon marks, and small smudges… But nothing like a brand new white coat of paint to start decorating your new apartment.

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