Tough drywall handles loads and abuse

Drywall is drywall. Right? There are certain rules that must be followed. For example, don’t hang anything too heavy without the proper anchors and hardware. Use doorstops to prevent doors and knobs from making unsightly holes in the wall.

At the 2016 International Builders' Show, Tom Prokop, product manager at CertainTeed Corporation, reviewed the latest innovation in the marketplace.

Prokop revealedHabito (hab-i-toh), a new drywall product from CertainTeed. Habito is the strongest and hardest ½-inch wallboard material available today and features technical benefits previously unseen in the drywall category.

Habito is an industry-first, features a new level of flexibility and unmatched performance, including:

  • Fastening Capability - Fixing capabilities that eliminate the need for threaded drywall anchors or nailing to wall studs for fixtures under 30 pounds.
  • Builder and Developer Upgrades – Offers professionals an upmarket option, replacing standard drywall in high-traffic and high-impact areas of the home.
  • Better Acoustics -Delivers homeowners better sound insulation than traditional drywall
  • Fewer Repairs –The 1/2-inch drywall’s inherent durability and robust strength translates to superior impact resistance. 
  • Solution Specific -The perfect alternative for high traffic areas interiors that tend to see use and abuse, as well as areas where homeowners will often redecorate and mount shelves, media, décor and other fixtures. 

Builder Opportunity

Habito combines the benefits of old-fashioned plaster and the modern drywall, adding a sense of stability and substance. This allows builders to instill confidence and assurance for consumers who are upgrading to the material in specific rooms or areas of the home, justifying the added expenses that are associated with high-performance building products.

Improving Home Improvement

With a continued increase in popularity of media rooms, home offices and transitional spaces, Habito allows builders to create and renovate spaces that will provide easy mounting of fixtures for years to come. As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, homeowners need the option of mounting and remounting the newest televisions, speaker systems and other home electronics.

Habito allows consumers to do this in stride, forgetting the hassle of mounting on traditional drywall surfaces with threaded anchors or having to find wall studs. The same innovative fastening capabilities allow easy redecoration of spaces like child bedrooms, nurseries, home offices and laundry rooms without worrying about damaging or stressing the drywall beyond its performance capabilities.

Habito will be available to the North American market this Spring. 


Topics: Building Green, Exteriors, Flooring, Going Green, Indoor Air Quality, Lumber and Structured Panels, Maintenance & Repair, Trade Show

Companies: CertainTeed


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