I own a small motorcycle repair business and I am building a new shop. I was
wondering what to use for the walls ? I am thinking plywood,drywall or
something else. I heard that there is a type of drywall for like bathrooms
or shower stalls, is this correct ? I a am afraid normal drywall would be
too brittle and would absorb moisture.
There is a board for moist areas. Any drywall or home supply outlet will
have it. As for the plywood, it may not meet building code unless there is
drywall under it. In a shop, plywood is nice in that you have one very
large tool board.
Do you recall what this board is called and an approx. price per sheet ?
Also what do I have to cover it with to keep it from absorbing and liquid
that gets on it ? Do I have to paint it or seal it ?
There's "greenboard", which is your basic drywall with a water resistant paper.
Better than regular drywall for the occasional splash, but will break down under
continuous wet just like standard drywall.
There is also concrete board (Durock / Wonderboard). It'll handle water a lot
better than greenboard or regular drywall (it's the backing material of choice
in tiled showers and such).
What sort of water problems do you anticipate? Shoot, most garages are just
done up with 3/4" drywall. Why would this "shop" have larger moisture problems
than a garden-variety garage?
Ever thought of putting sheet metal over the drywall? A buddy did his shop
that way. Easy to clean and if you use grease pencil you can wipe off the
notes you put on the wall.
Better check with your zoning agency. A shop could have fire regulations in
you area that we are not aware of.
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