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Did you know? Drywall Terminology

Below is our first little ‘educational bite’ called The GBG – “DID YOU KNOW?”


Gypsum Board

This is the technical term.


This is a slang term.



This is a brand name, but is commonly used as a name, like Kleenex instead of tissue.

Tape, Top and Texture

This is the description of the process used to prepare drywall for priming and painting.

Tape: Drywall tape is used to patch the joints where the sheets butt together.

Top: A topping compound is used to cover the tape and the nail heads to provide a smooth surface.  (see the white shown below)

Texture: The finish that goes over the entire surface of the drywall; it can be smooth or have texture to it and comes in levels (Level 1 is the roughest finish; Level 5 is the smoothest/hospital grade finish).

TapeIf there is something you come across that you want to know more about, please comment below and we will make sure one of our experts will address it as quickly as possible.

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