How to Avoid Costly, Time-Consuming Drywall Repairs: Don’t Use Drywall!

Thursday, July 07, 2022

The building trades have been slow to respond to innovation, defaulting to methods and materials that have been used in the past. Drywall is a perfect example. But rather than suffer drywall’s shortcomings, and instead of making costly, difficult, drywall repairs, wouldn’t it make better sense to avoid using drywall all together and choose a better-performing product?

People are creatures of habit. They do what they know. They do what’s been done before. They do things because, well, that’s the way they’ve always been done and why change? Why upset a perfectly good apple cart?

It’s like that with renovations, and the building trades. There are methods and materials will long pedigrees, long histories, and they become the default for every project, in every instance, because, well, that’s the way it’s always been done. Even when those materials or methods don’t really make a lot of sense.

And perhaps there’s no better example of momentum, tradition, precedence, driving decision-making in the construction trades than our love affair with drywall.

Drywall has existed since 1916, initially marketed as a poor-man’s alternative for plaster walls. It caught on in a big way in the post-war building boom of the late 1940s and since then has become ubiquitous. Virtually no builder or tradesperson would consider building a new home or office today without drywall lining the walls.

Common problems with repairing drywall

The remarkable thing is, it’s a really lousy product.

How so? Well, it’s heavy as all get out. It’s brittle as all get out. You can knock a hole through it with your elbow. It shows nail pops. It falls apart when it gets wet. When it gets wet, it acts as a vector for mold and mildew growth.

And when drywall’s inevitable end of life arrives, when it gets trucked by the hundreds of thousands of pounds to

a landfill, it mixes with moisture and other organics, and creates poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas. Nice.

But you can repair it, you say. You can Google “How to repair drywall,” or “How to repair holes in drywall,” and come up with dozens of do-it-yourself blogs and videos showing ways to patch and repair drywall.

Here’s a pro tip: None of those repair methods are easy, or quick, and all of them are messier than a dirt road in a rainstorm.

And why on earth would you repair drywall in an area of a home that’s damp or moisture prone, knowing that eventually you’ll have to tear it out and replace it again? Because drywall’s performance in wet conditions is nothing if not predictable, and it’s predictably bad.

Surely it makes far more sense to consider an alternative.

  • Instead of repairing drywall, use this alternative

    Trusscore makes just such an alternative. Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard installs four times faster than drywall, and with none of the taping, mudding, and sanding that drywall requires.

    Unlike drywall, Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard is virtually indestructible. You can bump it, bang it, even fire a hockey puck at it, and it looks as good as the day it was installed.

    As for cleanup? An easy wipe with a damp cloth. Particularly in damp areas, like a garage or a basement, Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard makes far more sense than drywall because it’s made from PVC, meaning it’s impervious to water and moisture. It won’t lose its structural integrity. It won’t act as a vector for mold or mildew growth.

    And end of life? Keeping in mind Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard will likely outlast the building within which it’s installed, when end of life finally does arrive, the product can be completely recycled. It can be returned to the plant where it was made, ground up and reintroduced into the manufacturing process. No hydrogen sulfide gas.

    Look, we no longer make phone calls with rotary phones. We no longer use typewriters. We no longer use film in cameras (mostly).

    So why do we keep using drywall? Particularly when there are better drywall alternatives.

    We need to break the tyranny of our building habits. It’s time to let go of drywall.

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