Quantity Takeoff

Drywall Takeoff

Drywall Takeoff Overview

Commonly referred to as Sheetrock or wallboard, this lightweight material comes in panels and attaches easily to studs to create walls. Drywall is a flat panel made of gypsum plaster sandwiched in between two sheets of thick paper. It adheres to metal or wood studs using nails or screws. Sheetrock is a specific brand of the drywall sheet. These terms are often used interchangeably.

What do you Get?

You will receive editable Excel Spreadsheet Material lists with a detailed breakdown of the quantities and usage within the model.  With Archidiem, you get 3-in-1 Reports automatically.

In addition, you will receive color-coded markups of your PDF plans useful for auditing the areas we considered for your takeoff. 

Drywall Sample

Drywall Types

There are four basic categories of drywall to choose from, each offering its own benefits.


Standard drywall does not have any special features added to the design. It is popular inside residential construction.

  • Suitable for walls and ceilings.
  • Suitable for finishing basements.

Moisture Resistant

Areas prone to moisture and humidity are ideal for moisture-resistant drywall. This drywall features a special paperless backing and an additional coating to prevent mold and moisture.

  • Ideal for bathrooms, basements, kitchens, laundry rooms, and utility rooms.
  • In high-moisture shower areas, such as shower enclosures, use cement backer board.

Fire Resistant

Fire resistant drywall is made with glass fibers in an extra-thick design. This makes it ideal for use in utility rooms, garages and areas near a furnace or wood stove.

  • Prevents the spread and speed of fire.
  • Generates less smoke than traditional drywall.
  • Provides better room-to-room sound control than standard drywall.
  • Required by many building codes.

Drywall Sizes

Drywall comes in three common size options:

4 x 8-Foot Drywall

  • The most common and versatile of all drywall sizes.
  • Allows for either vertical or horizontal installation.

4 x 10-Foot Drywall

  • Provides a smoother surface on tall walls and expansive ceilings.

4 x 12-Foot Drywall

  • The longest length available.
  • Ideal for great rooms and areas with high ceilings. It covers more area in fewer panels.

Drywall Thicknesses

Drywall comes in four common thicknesses, each offering a specific use and purpose.

1/4-Inch Drywall

  • The thinnest of all the options, 1/4-inch drywall is ideal for curved walls as the thin design makes it easier to bend the material.
  • Commonly used as a skimming material to install over an existing layer of wall to refresh the look and hide old blemishes.

3/8-Inch Drywall

  • Just slightly thicker than 1/4-inch drywall, 3/8-inch drywall is also a good choice for curved walls.
  • Often used to repair existing drywall that needs patching.

1/2-Inch Drywall

  • Most drywall measures 1/2-inch thick. It is the most common choice for interior walls because they are easy to carry and hang.
  • If weight is a concern, consider ultra-light half-inch drywall. It is 13 pounds lighter than other varieties for the same size and thickness.

5/8-Inch Drywall

  • The thickest of all the types of drywall, 5/8-inch drywall is often fire-resistant and is the best choice for soundproofing rooms.
  • Makes a great choice for ceiling applications because it helps to prevent sagging over time.

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