Should you consider paperless drywall when remodeling? Traditional drywall has a gypsum core that is wrapped in paper. It has a smooth surface and soaks up finishing compounds helping them dry quicker. However, traditional drywall facilitates mold growth when it becomes wet since the paper absorbs and holds the moisture. Mold also feeds off of the paper facing.
In contrast to traditional drywall, paperless drywall is covered with highly water-resistant fiberglass instead of paper and has a moisture- resistant gypsum core. The fiberglass facing minimizes mold growth since it doesn’t hold in moisture and it is not food for common molds. While it minimizes mold growth, paperless drywall is not necessarily mold-proof.
Paperless drywall looks like traditional drywall. It is also installed like traditional drywall, using drywall nails and screws. However, the fiberglass lining of the paperless drywall makes its texture rougher than that of traditional drywall. This difference can be seen and felt up close and can become more apparent under certain lighting conditions. Since the surface is rougher than traditional drywall, it is recommended that the surface of the paperless drywall be coated with a drywall-topping compound. This will prevent the appearance of extra smooth areas when finishing drywall seams. Another difference is that finishing compounds need a bit more time to dry since there is no paper in the drywall to soak up the water from the compounds.
While its texture is not as smooth as traditional drywall, its mold-resistant properties make paperless drywall a good option for areas in your home with high humidity such as bathrooms and basements.