What is the safest drywall for our contractor to install? I am concerned about offgassing.

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What is the safest drywall for our contractor to install? I am concerned about offgassing.

Asked by Steve and Linda Allen

What manufacturers are best? We're remodeling a 2001 home built in southern California by Brookfield homes.

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Karen Smuland's picture

Most of the drywall that has recently been linked to problems was from China.

  • Use a drywall that is made in the U.S., preferably by a manufacturing plant close to you. You should research where the closest plant is.
  • Also, select one that uses a high percentage of recycled content, such as U.S. Gypsum's Sheetrock.

In finishing your wall, make sure that the joint compound, sealer, and paint are nontoxic and low or no-VOC.

For more information:

Read Mary Cordaro's Q&A "I am having my breakfast room remodeled. I know that premixed joint compound is toxic, but is dry mix mixed onsite OK?"

Also, read Nick Cope's Q&A "Is there a drywall alternative that's safe for our new baby's nursery?"