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Get the lowdown on protecting your basement.

Whether you’re turning your basement into a rec room, man cave or private sports bar, it’s a big investment of time and money. When you choose PURPLE® drywall from National Gypsum, you add a layer of protection against the moisture, mold and mildew often found in basements. Use XP® Drywall in low-activity spaces like TV rooms or Hi-Impact® XP® Drywall to prevent accidental holes in high-activity areas such as game rooms.

Related FAQs

  • What makes Hi-Impact® XP® Drywall resistant to accidental holes?

    Hi-Impact® XP® Drywall features all of the benefits of Hi-Abuse® XP® Drywall plus a fiberglass mesh embedded into the back of the board to prevent accidental holes from car doors or bike handles in the garage or a hole from a doorknob or pool cue in a playroom.

  • Isn’t all drywall the same?

    No. While all drywall is naturally fire-resistant, PURPLE® drywall is unique because it also resists moisture, mold and mildew. Most PURPLE® drywall products also stand up to scratches, scuffs, dents and sound. This means added value and peace of mind regardless of steamy showers, roughhousing kids or band practice.

    All PURPLE® products have achieved GREENGUARD GOLD Certification for indoor air quality and are as easy to install and finish as standard drywall.

  • How much does PURPLE® drywall cost?

    It would cost less than $1,000 to upgrade an average 2,500-square-foot house to PURPLE® drywall where recommended.

    For a standard size room (approximately 12’ x 16’ x 8’), the average difference in material cost to upgrade to PURPLE® products is:

    • $50 or less for XP® drywall (including ceiling)
    • $200 or less for Hi-Abuse® XP® or Hi-Impact® XP® drywall
    • $175 or less for SoundBreak® XP® drywall (per wall)

    Prices vary by region. Check with your local home improvement store or contractor for prices and availability near you.