USG Introduces Ultralight Sheetrock Drywall

By Todd Fratzel on Drywall

Sheetrock® UltraLight Panels

First off let me give a hat tip to Charles & Hudson for sharing this story. Thanks Timothy!

Drywalling is one of the hardest jobs in construction due to the heavy lifting and extreme mess! Well I’m glad to say things just got a bit easier for drywallers with the introduction of USG’s Sheetrock® UltraLight Panels. The new panels are up to 30% lighter than traditional drywall which is a significant difference when you lift these bad boys all day long!

Sheetrock® UltraLight Panels are re-engineered, lightweight gypsum wallboard panels with a patented, composite design. The noncombustible core is encased in 100% recycled face and back papers. The natural finish face paper is folded around the long edges to reinforce and protect the core and the ends are cut square and even. The long edges of panels are tapered, allowing joints to be reinforced and concealed with Sheetrock joint treatment systems.

Lightweight, quality wall and ceiling panels for interior applications:

  • The lightest 1/2″ gypsum wallboard panel available today
  • Easier to carry and install
  • Clean score and snap
  • Can be used on ceilings with 24″ o.c. frame spacing when water based texture is applied

In addition to being lighter these panels can be finished with all the same materials and tools that are used today with traditional drywall. With today’s rising costs for insurance and health care this new product is sure to make an impact on contractors bottom line. The savings are likely to hit the end users pocket as well.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  1. Jeff C. says:

    What is your opinion on this new drywall. Would you use it over over drywall for a basement install? Is it just as good as the other versions out there? Would you install it in your basement or do you prefer something more durable?

  2. jt says:

    will 4×12 on 2 foot centers with textured ceilings work with ultra light sheet rock. with out sagging? thanks

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