The Advantages of Using Shiplap vs. Drywall

Posted: November 30, 2017


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Shiplap vs. Drywall Cost – Although an individual sheet of drywall is fairly inexpensive, the finishing process can be both time-consuming and expensive. Installing drywall can be a long, tedious, and messy process if you attempt to tackle it yourself. And if you hire that task out – the budget for drywall can soar quickly!

Shiplap vs Drywall Durability – Shiplap is 3/4″ thick and made of solid wood, so it can take a beating and still look great. We have all been witness to an object, hand, arm, or even a foot accidentally going through the drywall. Drywall also has the tendency to dent and scratch easily.

When using shiplap instead of drywall, that simply doesn’t happen. Even better, if it does get a little scrape or ding, it simply adds a little more character to that type of wall. Divots, dings, and holes in drywall are rarely if ever, looked upon as character building.

And in the case of potential water damage or flooding, once again shiplap comes through with flying colors.  Let a few inches of water touch drywall, and the water wicks up the board and ruins it completely. That is not the case with shiplap. The solid wood can easily dry out and keep on serving for years without the worry of stains or unhealthy mold.

Simple To Install

Ease and Time Savings of Installation – Installing shiplap couldn’t be easier. Whether using the traditional rabbit edge, or the tongue and groove wall paneling like we did, it goes up quickly. Installation is as easy as setting on the groove, leveling, and nailing. And for tools, you only need a saw, nail gun, level, hammer, and a block of wood.

Drywall on the other hand can be a bit more tedious to install, especially for the do-it-yourselfer. Between installing the sheets and applying the tape and mud, it’s a process that can go on forever.  And that’s before sanding!

Painting and Care –  When it comes to finishing, shiplap once again takes the award over drywall. Although it can easily be painted once installed, we pre-painted so the walls were completely finished as soon as we nailed them up. No waiting for that messy mudding and sanding to take place before a primer and paint can be applied.

Cleaning is a breeze. It’s as simple as taking a damp rag over the painted surface, with no worries about damaging the wall as you might with a paper-backed drywall board.

So, if you are thinking of building a home or remodeling a room – think about choosing shiplap instead of drywall!

Our knowledgeable and educated staff is here to answer any additional questions you may have. Please call us today for a free quote: Ph# 406.642.7120 or click here to submit an inquiry online. We look forward to working with you on your next project!

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