The Gypsum Association (GA) released a new guidance document on abuse-resistant and impact-resistant gypsum panel products.
Both panel product types are designed for application in high-traffic areas. Abuse-resistant gypsum panel products feature a higher density gypsum core than regular wallboard. Impact-resistant panels combine the enhanced surface protection of abuse-resistant panels with additional reinforcement of core and/or facings.
When specified properly, abuse-resistant and impact-resistant panels can help preserve the condition and appearance of interior walls. Although both products are designed to help minimize wear and tear, abuse-resistant and impact-resistant gypsum panels are targeted toward different types of damage. The guidance document cites the relevant ASTM test methods and classification levels associated with these products.
By clarifying the differences between abuse-resistant and impact-resistant gypsum panels the document will assist architects, specifiers, and builders in selecting the most appropriate product for their projects.