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Garage wall finish - drywall or plywood ?

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Garage wall finish - drywall or plywood ?

Looking for recommendations. Is drywall better or any other material suggestions please?
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nowhere2010 wrote: Looking for recommendations. Is drywall better or any other material suggestions please?
what ever you replace it with, it must have the fire code rating required by the building code for a garage.

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A storage gsrsge attached to a single family dwelling is not required to have a fire resistance rating. It is required to have an air barrier system that provides a barrier to gas and exhaust fumes.
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Plywood would be prohibitively expensive at the moment.

Probably 5x the cost of drywall
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The first question here is why are you going to finish it?

Are you going to hang stuff anywhere on the walls? Just want a finished look? Are you insulating and heating the place? Etc.

If you keep it unfinished with just exposed studs, you have a bit more space for everything.
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Previous owners did plywood in ours, and painted it white, it's great - no anchors and stuff can go on the wall anywhere.

Depends on how you will use the space, I'd do it again - but I'm sure it wasn't $80/sheet to do it back then either.
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If you want it to be functional for hanging tools and other things, plywood is good. If you just want it to be finished, use drywall. I've also considered plastic sheets, but they won't be too functional for hanging stuff.
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Plywood - so u can hang things. Space is a premium in my area.
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If you want cheap and functional go with both and use wood filler instead of drywall compound where plywood meets drywall (not the other way around i.e. drywall compound on plywood). You likely won't be hanging things everywhere...so if you know where you can go hybrid and nobody will notice once it's primes/painted.
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Price out a sheet of plywood these days. Drywall then put you storage solution up as needed.
tempperm wrote: Plywood - so u can hang things. Space is a premium in my area.
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I prefer metal pegboards so I can hang stuff everywhere in the garage.
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Thanks all for valuable recommendations.
Decided to go with simple drywall & i have noted measurements from wooden studs before so then i can plan to hand some steel peg boards after finish.
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I think it really depends on your local building code. Both drywall and plywood have pros and cons.

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