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  • Writer's pictureMitzi Collinsworth

Light and Mighty: Ultralight Drywall Stability

thinking about ultralight drywall

Have you ever wondered what your house is actually made of? How does my home keep me safe from the outdoors? What material are you hanging your pictures on? These are great questions to ask.

In the early 1800s, homes were made of wood until bricks surfaced in the 1880s [1]. Then in 1888, the first plasterboards were created in the United Kingdom, leading to the "Sacket Board" company in 1894 [2]. Today, walls are most commonly made from drywall.

Drywall is made of gypsum plaster sandwiched between two layers of thin paper [2]. So, what is gypsum? Gypsum "is a soft sulfate mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate" and is used today "as a fertilizer and as the main ingredient in many forms of plaster, blackboard or sidewalk chalk, and drywall" [3].

ultralight drywall installation
USG Ultralight Drywall installation in Spanish Oaks new home

Drywall is preferred due to the following:

  • Faster installation

  • Lower Energy Costs

  • Easier to Lift and Move

  • Provides Strong Support

  • Fire Resistance

  • Cost-Effective

  • Easy to Shape and Design

Southern Post Construction partners with all of the best supply companies and local contractors to build the Rio Grande Valley Community. U.S. Gypsum (USG) is known as one of the leading brands in drywall. They are also "the first company to introduce ultralight drywall, and they continue to do this with their Sheetrock UltraLight Panels brand" [4].

Southern Post Construction uses USG Ultralight drywall to provide strong support, unique designs, and lower overall costs for its customers. We know how quickly you would like to move into your new home, and this drywall product makes that happen. This light and mighty product makes our job easier to create the perfectly designed structure you desire to enjoy your home for years to come.

Once the drywall is installed, your home starts to take shape. As you walk through, you can start to imagine where you will hang that favorite painting or what color you want the bedroom walls to be. Let the creativity begin!

When you decide to build your home, hire the leading and trusted Rio Grande Community builder, Southern Post Construction.

–Mitzi Collinsworth, April 18, 2023

Article Sources

[1] “Architecture in the 1800s.” Hilliard History Express: 1800's: Architecture,

[2] “What Is Drywall? Importance of Drywall in Civil Construction.”,

[3] Wikipedia contributors. "Gypsum." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 Mar. 2023. Web. 18 Apr. 2023.

[4] Wallender, Lee. “Ultralight Drywall Performs Well and Is Easier to Install.” The Spruce, The Spruce, 26 July 2022,

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