Local Building Codes May Require Fire Rated Drywall in Certain areas of a Home
By Mark J. Donovan
|When it comes to installing drywall in your home, not all drywall is equal. Besides standard drywall, there is also moisture resistant drywall and fire rated drywall. Fire rated drywall is frequently required by local building codes for certain areas, or walls, of the home where there is the risk of fire. In particular fire rated drywall is used on garage walls and ceilings that are adjacent to the main living area of the home. Likewise, fire rated drywall is also used in utility rooms where there is a furnace.
The official name for fire rated drywall is Type “X” fire-code drywall. Type “X” fire-code drywall that is 5/8th inch thick has a minimum fire rating of 1 hour, which is a requirement for most building codes.
Type “X” fire-code drywall is also available in ½ inch sheets (45 minute fire rating) and 3/4th inch sheets (120 minute fire rating). Standard drywall on the other hand only has a 30 minute fire rating.
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