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Conde54 02-16-2013 04:56 PM

Bathroom Remodel
I have gutted my upstairs bathroom. It was regular drywall over plaster and lath. There was no moisture or water damage anywhere I plan to do a tile floor and also tile the shower. I know I need cement backer board behind the tile but i was curious about the rest of the room. Do I need to use Greenboard or is regular Drywall fine? Everything I search online has conflicting answers. Thanks for reading.

joecaption 02-16-2013 05:06 PM

Green board, Denshield or paperless sheetrock only.

oh'mike 02-16-2013 05:57 PM

Conflicting answers again----Regular drywall will be fine----except in the wet areas--where you will be using cement backer board.

Properly primed and painted there is no need for anything other than regular drywall.

joecaption 02-16-2013 06:02 PM

Might want to call your local building dept. to check. I've worked in three differant states and none of them would allow reguler drywall. Like it or not it's code almost everywhere.

funfool 02-16-2013 06:34 PM

yeah codes and counties are funny, here regular drywall is fine and is up to code.
In shower area I use 3'x5' hardibacker to reach 6', depends on how high the tile is going.
And regular drywall above that. Would be a good area to use green board, but have never had a issue with regular yet.

oh'mike 02-16-2013 06:50 PM

Here regular meets code and I've never had a call back in over 20 years for a problem with regular drywall.

Conde54 02-17-2013 08:24 AM

I keep reading that if i use green board the ceiling will start to sag.

oh'mike 02-17-2013 08:56 AM

Not at all-----the only difference is the water resistant paper----you are over analyzing this---

How far apart are the joists?---If 16" any 1/2" drywall will do---use green board if it makes you sleep better at night----but ,in my experience---regular works just as well----

Conde54 02-17-2013 11:08 AM

they are 16" I would rather use regular rock but my dad got me thinking it needs to be green board. I just didn't wanna regret it later.

oh'mike 02-17-2013 11:45 AM

I build bath rooms--quite a few for many,many years---I never use green board----never had an issue---

Properly painted---never an issue-----meets code any where I have worked---

funfool 02-17-2013 12:06 PM

You will not regret using regular.
On the other hand, if your father is helping with the project, just to keep peace it may be worth spending a few extra dollars for the green board. Listen to your father, he means well and only has best intentions in mind.

But if he is not helping hang it, just use regular. :whistling2:

Larryh86GT 02-17-2013 02:16 PM


Originally Posted by Conde54 (Post 1118974)
they are 16" I would rather use regular rock but my dad got me thinking it needs to be green board. I just didn't wanna regret it later.

Greenboard isn't going to hurt you later. And you are listening to your dad.:thumbsup:

When I gutted my 2 bathrooms I used greenboard. I probably didn't have to but the cost wasn't that much more.

House2HomeLLC 02-17-2013 03:33 PM

As some guys stated, any drywall once it has a good coating of paint will resist mold and mildew providing it isn't getting soaked. The greenboard doesn't cost substantially more so if you have access to it, then why not use it? Is it neccessary...probably not. The most important factor I would say that hasn't been mentioned, and that I believe is more important than the type of board and paint, would be the use of proper ventilation. A good vent can save you alot of hassle down the road. Just make sure it is large enough to fit the entire size of the bathroom. Goodluck!

ToolSeeker 02-18-2013 01:36 PM

Green board is going the way of the DO-DO bird. It is my understanding when the stock is all used up that's all there is. The reason it wasn't that good in wet areas, so what does that say for regular in a wet area. As said check your code where I am regular is not allowed. But my question is this you have it tore down this far why not spend what $2 a sheet more get paperless and never worry about mold.

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