Turn the garage into a liveable space to create a man cave, she-shed, or kids' playroom. Drywall the garage first.
Drywall and insulation will make the garage energy-efficient and comfortable. It will feel more like a living space than a cold garage.
Changing a garage into a living space is tedious and expensive, but worth it. If you don't want to spend a lot of time or want to be sure it's done right, hire a contractor to drywall the garage for you.
A contractor and his crew can do the job faster than you, unless you're handy around the house. If you have a large garage or little free time, consider hiring a professional.
When you add up the cost of supplies and time, it may be cheaper and easier to hire a professional to instal drywall in the garage. Before doing the work yourself, get a contractor's quote.
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Should I drywall my garage?
Garage drywalling has many benefits.
Your garage will be warmer year-round. Installing drywall over insulation can keep your garage above freezing in the winter, preventing frozen pipes. Insulation and drywall help keep hot air outside in warmer climates like Florida. Your garage is better either way.
Adding outlets is easy. Concrete block outlets can be messy and difficult to instal. Once the house is built, wiring through cinder block is difficult. After framing the wall, you can add outlets and hide wires as you would elsewhere in the house.
Finished garages increase home value. A finished garage can add several thousand dollars to your home's sale price. Even if it doesn't add to the sale price, a well-done garage will set your home apart.
Drywall – What Is It?
Drywall is a type of construction material that is typically used for finishing the interior walls and ceilings of a building.
Gypsum that has been treated is used to make the sheets that make up drywall. Gypsum is a sulphate mineral that has specific properties that make it an excellent choice for use in this specific kind of construction application. These properties include: It is a mineral that dissolves in water, but not when exposed to high temperatures.
In order to transform the gypsum into drywall, the material must first be heated to drive out the water that occurs naturally within it, then it must be treated with a number of different additives, and finally it must be rehydrated. When this step is finished, the substance is transferred to paper sheets before being put into the drying chamber.
Drywall is a material that makes the construction of modern buildings much simpler than it would be otherwise. In the past, ceilings and walls were constructed by adding layer upon layer of messy plaster onto a structure made of wooden strips known as a lathe.
It was an expensive process that was also very inefficient, and it was extremely dirty; we have a lot to be thankful for, including the invention of drywall as well as its easy availability.
The Pro's of Drywalling Your Garage
Drywall has a lot of advantages, and your detached garage is a great place to take advantage of some of those advantages.
To begin, let's talk about how to prevent and put out fires. Drywall has the quality of being extremely resistant to the spread of fire due to the fact that it is manufactured from the mineral gypsum and contains crystallised moisture within its composition. Because of this, it is an excellent application for garages, which are likely to be filled with a lot of activity from power tools and other things that could potentially catch fire.
If you anticipate doing a significant amount of work of this nature or if you will be performing a significant amount of work on automobiles (think about all of those flammable petroleum products! ), you would be wise to give some thought to installing drywall inside of your detached garage.
The second advantage is that there is a noticeable decrease in the amount of noise. Drywall, despite the fact that it does not provide complete soundproofing, does offer a significant amount in the way of sound reduction. To reiterate, if you plan to perform a significant amount of labour in the garage, then it is going to be financially beneficial for you to proceed with the installation of that drywall.
This is especially true if you live in an area that has a high population density, or even worse, if you live in a homeowners association that is extremely particular about its rules and regulations. In addition, there is always the possibility that your son will want to form a death metal band; therefore, it is best to put them out in your sound-dampening garage.
Maximum Visibility and Lighting
Third, when it comes to making the most of the available lighting, drywall provides superior visibility. Even if you don't make any progress with the painting, the brilliant white surfaces of the drywall will provide a high degree of reflectivity.
You also have the choice of painting it a whiter colour that is more brilliant, which will make the space inside your garage appear even brighter. And while you're operating your table saw, the last thing you want is poor visibility. This is the one thing you don't want to skimp on.
Because of this, we would like to suggest that individuals who anticipate doing a lot of project work, as well as hobbyists, go ahead and have drywall installed so that they can ease the strain on their eyes.
Improved Resale Value
Last but not least, installing drywall in your detached garage is not going to do anything but help the resale value of your home. The finished appearance that finished drywall provides is very appealing to prospective purchasers.
If you believe that there is a possibility that you will sell your home in the near future, then this is an excellent strategy to maximise the profit that can be made from the sale of your property.
The Pro's of Sticking With Plywood
You get the picture now – drywall has a lot of advantages over other materials. However, this does not imply that every person will require it in their individual detached garage. If you don't want the rafters to be visible on the walls and ceiling of your home, you can cover them with plywood as an alternative to leaving them uncovered.
Extra Strength for Your Walls
The first advantage of using plywood in your wall construction is that it adds additional strength to the structure. While drywall is more of a finishing touch, plywood integrates with the space and provides a structural component for your garage. If you intend to mount a lot of things on your walls, whether it be workstations, equipment storage, or tool storage, you will find this to be an especially helpful tip.
When we talk about attaching things to the wall, we should mention that plywood makes this process simpler from a purely mechanical point of view. In order to access the structural support provided by the studs in drywall, you will need to first locate the stud and then drill through the drywall.
You have the option of using anchors directly in the drywall itself; however, if you are looking to hang items that are heavy or bulky, your options will be quite restricted using this method. When using plywood, holes can be drilled and fasteners can be attached directly to the plywood itself.
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Easy and Simple Installation
Last but not least, there is the challenge of the installation. Because dry wall is both large and heavy, you are going to need the assistance of a second person in order to move it around and correctly instal it. If you don't do this, you're practically inviting injuries as well as potential damage to the drywall you're working on.
Plywood, on the other hand, is light enough to be moved and carried by a single individual, and its use will result in an installation that is more straightforward overall.
Things to Do Before You Drywall Your Garage
Determine if your garage may need additional framing.
If your garage's framing was done correctly, you can skip this first tip, but it's still important. Does drywall require additional framing?
Unfinished garages may need additional framing clean-up, especially near the ceiling or walls. Rough framing may require additional studs or blocks to secure drywall. You may also need nail blocks to mount lighting or a cord reel.
Consider an attic door. You'll need attic access to drywall the garage ceiling. By blocking off a section of the ceiling for access, you can instal drywall around it.
Before drywalling, consider framing small areas and remodelling the floorplan. My neighbour had a 30-foot-deep garage. His wife wanted a separate laundry room from the metal shop. They compromised by framing in a laundry room while leaving some of the garage's extra depth for his metalworking. Before the walls were finished, there was nothing to demo and no waste material, saving him money and time.
Assess your electrical.
Planning makes projects easier. I've closed a wall and then thought, "I wish I'd run an outlet here or fixed that there."
Before drywalling your garage, visualise the space. If you're furnishing a garage shop, note where the workbench, saw, and other power-hungry items will go. A strategic assessment of where you'll need power can help you plan the electrical ahead of time.
Here is a list of other common electrical needs your garage may have:
Do you need electricity?
- A garage door opener
- Water heater
- Additional plugs for tools
- Garage Vacuum
- Air Compressor
- Light switches
- Exterior garage lights
- Security camera
Consider things you may want/need later that are easier to instal while the wall studs are exposed.
If you need stud access again later, it's not a lost cause. After the project, patch the walls. However, plan.
If you have existing electrical through exposed walls, now is a good time to have it checked for code compliance. Electrical problems cause many garage fires. Ensuring circuits aren't overloaded and wiring is grounded can prevent tragedy.
Clear out the corners and small spaces.
Before drywalling your garage, clean the corners and studs. Exposed walls can attract dust and pests. A wall with open studs is free of obstacles, so it's easy to clean with a shop vac and broom.
Installing insulation requires a clean area (which we will discuss in our next point). Clean corners and surfaces make wall insulation faster and better. Splintered wood, stray nails, or dirt can push on insulation and create gaps for heat or cold to transfer faster.
Nothing is more frustrating than something getting in the way when installing drywall. Before starting your project, clean up debris, especially large pieces near the stud. You'll thank yourself.
If you set your drywall sheet on a stray piece of debris, you risk drywall gouges or a part breaking while all the weight is on that pinpoint. Drywall mud covers mistakes and imperfections well. Why add unnecessary work?
Add insulation to your walls.
Insulate your garage walls before installing drywall. This upgrade makes your workspace more finished and usable year-round. Insulation reduces extreme summer and winter temperatures, making garages more comfortable for cars, workbenches, and other items. Incorrect storage can damage heirlooms, wood, and even paint.
If you need more temperature control in the future, the walls will be ready for an HVAC unit.
Insulation comes in many forms. Cost-effective wall insulation options include builder-grade fibreglass rolls and batts or cellulose. Mineral wool is another soundproofing and mold-resistant insulation option. Spray foam insulation can boost R-value or turn your attic into storage space.
Our new home has spray-foam ceiling insulation. After living in the house for over a year and going into the attic twice, I recommend spray foam insulation.
Insulating the rafters makes the attic temperature more manageable. It also eliminates the need to search through insulation for a junction box or electrical line.
Ensure you have the right tools for the job.
Garage drywalling requires several tools. Professionals have amazing tools that make the job faster, but we won't discuss them. Instead, we'll discuss cheaper drywalling tools.
You'll need a large drywall knife that can span seams to apply drywall mud. A smaller drywall knife can help keep drywall mud on the larger knife's blade in hard-to-reach areas. Mud on the blade can make work difficult. This will help you spread drywall mud efficiently and reduce waste.
After the mud has dried, use a sanding block to smooth it. Drywall sanding blocks have three grits. Coarse sandpaper removes more material, but it's not desirable. If you painted over drywall after sanding it with a coarse block, you'd see scratch lines.
In most cases, a single medium-and-fine block will do. If you didn't use too much mud and the drywall is flat, you shouldn't need to sand much. If you're a beginner and see mud caked in places, grab a coarse block and get to work.
You have several options for cutting garage drywall. Utility knives are my favourite for straight cuts. A drywall saw can cut holes for outlets, plumbing, and other things that extend from garage studs. An oscillating saw is my new favourite way to cut holes in drywall, but if you don't have one, use a drywall saw.
A power drill is needed to hang drywall. Corded is fine. Cordless if possible. If you're hanging drywall yourself, invest in a magnetised bit so your screw doesn't fall out while you're holding up a sheet.
Invest in eye goggles and a dust mask for safety. Dust can and will get everywhere when sanding.
Purchase the right materials for the job
Purchase the right material before drywalling your garage. We recommend researching local code. Everywhere I know, fire-resistant drywall is required.
You must remember the garage's fire-resistant drywall thickness. Your local big-box store should sell the right drywall for your area.
Let's talk about other materials now that we've covered drywall. To fill seams, you'll need mud and drywall tape. To attach drywall to the walls and ceiling, you'll need screws.
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Grandpa taught me this. Before starting construction, take photos of the area after you've cleaned it and run electrical lines. Take photos of wall studs, header, and footer. Where's the wall's electricity? Do the trusses match the wall studs' spacing? This information is crucial.
Once the walls were up and the electrical and plumbing were in, I visited the construction site to take pictures and video.
Those who spend a lot of time or store valuables in the garage should instal drywall. It protects, enhances, and prolongs your garage.
In some cases, adding drywall to the garage hides the problem – your garage is too old and needs to be upgraded.
Drywall installation is difficult. Fire-rated drywall is heavy and difficult to instal. Whether you and a friend are weekend warriors or a team is remodelling your garage, the work will pay off. Being well-prepared ensures the project is completed without delays or rework.
FAQs About Garage
You'll need to start by drywalling the garage. Installing drywall in the garage, and insulation, will help make the garage energy efficient and help it maintain a comfortable temperature. It also will make it seem more like proper living space instead of a cold or sterile feeling garage.
Yes you can install drywall in an unheated garage too! Drywall is cost effective and easy to install. For an attached garage you must use drywall for the garage wall adjoining the house, as per the building code. Drywall is a great sheathing material for garage walls.
Fire resistant drywall is made with glass fibers in an extra-thick design. This makes them ideal for use in utility rooms, garages and areas near a furnace or wood stove. Prevents the spread and speed of fire. Generates less smoke than traditional drywall.
Get Creative with Extra Space
In fact, according to HomeAdvisor data, the average cost of converting the garage into a finished room costs an average $11,986 with an 80% return on investment. So, not only does a finished garage provide more living space options, but it also provides substantial growth in home value.
Drywall is considered a suitable construction material for interior walls, but its primary purpose is not to insulate. To make a significant difference in heat flow transfer, you must include insulation along with the drywall installation.