Your garage walls don’t just keep the elements out, and provide support to the roof. You can always make better use of the walls in your garage. It isn’t uncommon for garages to become very crowded and cluttered with various tools, sports equipment, bikes and less-used items in your home. Some homeowners convert the garage space into an entertainment room, workshop etc. If you are planning any of the things here are a few tips to help you choose the right garage walls:
Drywall- If you have a finished garage, it’s likely you already have a drywall in place. However, this material can deteriorate over time and most owners prefer to replace it when they are getting a garage remodel done. Removing the older drywall can be quite a hassle. However, you should look at this as an opportunity to add good quality insulation to create a sound barrier between the garage space and your house.
You can also complete any plumbing or electrical work if you are planning to use the space as a bar or a workshop. When you are getting a garage remodel done, consider adding some framing and extra blocking. This is a great way to provide sufficient space to hang the hooks and shelves where you can store heavy equipment and gardening tools.
If your existing drywall is in a good condition, you wouldn’t need to replace it. All you have to do is plug the dents and holes that exist on the surface and sand them down carefully. You also have the option to use a stud finder; use these spots for hanging hooks and shelves. This is one of the best ways of making use of the wall space in your garage.
OSB Board or Plywood- Wooden walls are a good option for your garage. They are very strong and durable, can take the weight of gardening tools and other equipment without the need for any stud backing. They also provide a good amount of insulation. Plywood has a very smooth surface, which makes it ideal for painting. It important that you apply multiple coats because it tends to soak up the paint.
Metal Paneling- Corrugated metal sheets tend to be pricier than other wall finish options. However, they are extremely resilient, durable and have fire-retardant properties. Their sheen also helps brighten up darker spaces. You can also attach these sheets straight to the garage wall studs or even to the furring strip of the drywall.
Pegboards- These can be made of wood as well as metal. Pegboards are very handy in keeping all the clutter off the garage floor. The pegboards can be used as walls themselves. Alternatively, you can to fix them on existing drywalls using furring strips. It’s important that you plan exactly how you want to hang them, and how to find every item with permanent markers once you have set them in place.
Slatwall- These cost-effective panels are made of MDF (medium density board). They look very much like vinyl siding and have overlapping layers. You can easily attach these to wooden studs, masonry or drywall. A slatwall provides plenty of opportunity for attaching shelves and hooks required for storage.
As you can see, there are a number of different garage wall options to choose from. You also have the option to mix and match the different wall materials to create the kind of functionality and aesthetic you want. It’s always a good idea to invest in good quality materials that will be sturdy enough to serve your purpose for a number of years.