Discovering methods to decelerate the speed of fire propagation can help in minimizing harm from fires. Additionally, it could provide people with enough time to evacuate to safety. In certain instances, it may even allow people to extinguish the fire before it becomes overly large and unmanageable.

Fire-resistant drywall is the perfect solution for the risks posed by the accidental fire problem. This is because it has been reinforced with glass fibers and other materials to enhance its ability to contain the fire. In most cases, the drywall can withstand fires for more than two hours without crumbling under the heat.

Here is what you should know about fire-resistant drywall and why you need it in your home.

Fire-rated drywall is drywall that has been independently tested and found to be effective at slowing down the spread of fire. This is because the drywall can withstand being exposed to high temperatures without cracking. In most cases, the term is used to refer to Type X drywall.

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What is type X drywall?

Type x drywall is drywall that has been reinforced with glass fiber in order to make it fire-resistant. It normally comes in ⅝ inch-thick boards. And it is usually installed in order to retard the spread of fire.

In most cases, it can stop a fire from spreading for up to 60 minutes. This is thanks to its glass fiber reinforcements, ⅝ inch thickness, and the presence of other additives that enhance its ability to resist fire.

Where to install fireproof drywall

Where one should always install fireproof drywall near areas that pose a fire risk. The type of building, or home, in question should also be considered. Here is what you should know.

Residential homes

Generally, building codes and local jurisdictions require the installation of drywall on walls that are near utilities and appliances that can cause a fire. And even in cases where it isn’t mandated by law, prudent homeowners tend to take the initiative to do so. As a result, fireproof drywall is usually installed:

  • Near a stove
  • Near a Furnace
  • Fireplace

Homes that have garages directly attached also tend to have fireproof drywall installed. The drywall is usually installed on the shared walls and ceilings so that the wall can act as an effective retardant in case a fire starts in the garage.

But other than installation near utilities and appliances that pose a fire risk, installation in other areas of the home is rare. This is because residential homes are easy to get out of in case of a fire. And so when weighing the cost of the fireproof drywall against the benefit, most homeowners find it prudent to simply restrict their installation to walls that are near areas that pose a great risk of starting fires.

Multi-family home

In addition to installing drywall near the areas listed above, multi-family homes usually call for additional fireproof drywall installations. This is because these homes have area separation walls. And to slow the risk of catastrophic damage and also lower the risk to life, in case of a fire breaking out in one unit, arming these walls with fireproof drywall is always advisable. Doing will slow down the spread of fire from one unit to the next.

Commercial buildings

For most commercial buildings, installing fireproof drywall in almost all ceilings and building walls is usually mandatory. Building codes usually mandate it especially given that exiting such buildings during a fire breakout tends to be more of a challenge. As such, ensuring that all assemblies and partitions in office buildings have fireproof drywall installations is necessary in order to give occupants a chance to run to safety.