Light In Weight, Heavy on Performance

PVC ceiling and wall panels weigh in against drywall

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

PVC ceiling wall panels weigh far less than drywall, making them easy to handle and reducing the labor needed for installation. 

The construction and home renovation industry has a labor problem. Simply put, there aren’t enough skilled people available to meet demand. This was true before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. It’s even more true, now.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Q3 2020 Commercial Construction Industry report, 83% of contractors “report moderate to high levels of difficulty in finding skilled workers.”

And the result? 36% of those firms “report turning down work due to a shortage of skilled workers, up from 32% in Q2.” 

Ouch.

Simultaneously, homeowners, many of whom are housebound due to lockdown measures and with money to spend as a result of vacations and activities being canceled, are deciding to renovate, increasing demand.

And not enough skilled people to go around.

But what if there was a building product that shaved hours off every project? What if there was a way to get more done at a job site in less time, and with fewer people? And for less money, too?

That would help ease the labor problem, no?

Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard is a drywall replacement that’s quick easy to install – up to four times faster than drywall – and requires far less labor than drywall to install.

Why? There are several factors at play. 

For starters, with Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard, there’s no need to tape, mud, sand, or paint. Panels and trims come with pre-drilled holes and attach to studs with a screwdriver. Panels click together in tongue-and-groove fashion. A room can easily be finished in a day and without any of the dust or mess that drywall creates. 

But the other reason Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard requires less labor is because of weight – or lack thereof.

Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard is 40% lighter per square foot than drywall. That means one person can easily handle a task that would have taken two or more with conventional drywall. A task as simple as off-loading panels from a truck and carrying them into a job site becomes something one person can easily accomplish alone.

On a project that includes a ceiling installation, the difference in weight and the ease with which a panel can be handled becomes particularly significant. With conventional drywall or with FRP (fiberglass reinforced panels) ceilings can be an awkward challenge, even with two trained people. Lightweight ceiling panels like those made from Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard mean one person can handle the job.

“We install Trusscore twice as fast [as drywall or FRP], so it’s 50% of the labor,” explains Jason Steward, President of Total Building Systems in Cottonwood, Arizona.

“And it’s very easy to learn, too, I mean, I like to take some of my drywall installers that have never [used Trusscore] and within two or three hours they're just flying down walls. It's very easy to install.”

But the benefits don’t stop with ease of installation. 

Lower weight means lower cost when shipping material to a job site. Lower weight means crew fatigue and workplace injuries are reduced. 

Lower weight and ease of handling – and the fact that Trusscore ceiling panels are made from highly durable PVC – means incidental product damage and costs related to damage will fall to near zero.

Finally, lightweight ceiling material like Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard means less structural load on ceiling joists and trusses.

Drywall has had a decades-long run as the go-to material for walls and ceilings. But new technology, new materials, and a need for labor-saving products have generated material like Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard.

A lightweight to handle. A heavyweight when it comes to performance.