STARC Walls vs. Drywall: The Lowdown
In the construction industry, drywall has long been used as a means of containing renovation projects. It’s one of the most common and traditional materials used for containment. But does that mean it’s the optimal solution?
Contractors that have made the switch to our rentable STARC wall containment have certainly seen the benefits. But if you haven’t heard of this containment solution, or have not yet tried it for yourself, we’re here to give you some helpful tips. We’ve created this guide to help you understand the budget considerations, time of installation, the effectiveness of our containment, and overall experience for customers with each type of containment solution.
Budget Considerations & Installation Time (STARC Walls vs. Drywall)
Over time, the process of purchasing drywall, time and labor cost to build it and remove it, material disposal cost after the project, and then having to do it all over again for the next renovation, can be more costly than you’d realize. Drywall can take days to put up depending on the size of the project.
Alternatively, our rentable temporary walls can be mobilized and installed in just a few hours. Plus, drywall is a waste of resources since it can’t be reused, and just ends up in a landfill. Our modular containment system is reusable, so there’s also no waste at the end of the project. These factors make our rentable STARC containment a more budget-friendly and environmentally responsible option within individual project budgets.
When it comes to choosing a temporary wall system, perhaps the most important factor to consider is the level of containment it really provides. Drywall and plastic sheeting is mainly focused on keeping people out of the work area and protecting construction tools, rather than containing dust and debris. STARC panels provide airtight containment, ensuring that no airborne particles can escape the construction zone.
This is extremely important when doing renovations within hospitals and healthcare facilities, as there’s the risk of spreading airborne particles that could cause infection and harm to patients. Alternatively, the dust from installing and dismantling a drywall containment can pose a serious health risk. Our rentable STARC containment systems also meet ICRA IV requirements, meaning they are the perfect solution in hospitals and in nearly any other renovation setting.
In addition to protecting your staff, patients, customers, and visitors, it’s also important to consider how day-to-day operations will continue during renovations and how it will affect your customers. As we mentioned, drywall can be a lengthy process both to install and remove, making for a messy and noisy environment. Also, they may not effectively reduce sound, causing disruptions during construction, and have a negative impact on the customer experience. Conversely, our STARC wall containment has a professional, real-wall appearance and sound attenuating qualities. Using our modular containment solutions ensures that businesses can continue normal operations during renovations.
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We hope this guide provided you with some insights into the differences between drywall and STARC temporary wall systems for containment. Interested in learning more about how our full-service containment solutions are beneficial? Contact us today! Fill out an online form to request a custom quote for your project, or give us a call at 603-893-3532.