Smooth walls have become an expected part of many modern houses, and it is largely due to the use of drywall that this is possible. While it might seem there is little or no room in the walls to hide any minerals, gypsum is one of the main components. It is a mineral that begins with calcium, but eating it for a daily dose is certainly not recommended for those looking to stay healthy over the long run.

Approximately two centuries ago, drywall became one of the main building materials used in the interior of homes, and its popularity has never quite waned. It replaced lath and plaster in many new homes at the time, and it was a much less expensive way to get smooth walls. It required less labor to install, and it was originally manufactured to help protect homes from fire danger. Use mainly in urban areas where building was popular at the time, it became an easy way to build homes with finished interiors quickly.

While it might seem common today, it was a huge boost to those who were unable to afford the craftsmen to install the lath and plaster it replaced. While many of those walls are still a part of older homes, remodelers today find that drywall is used in the majority of homes built within the last century. It has become almost a universal way to create a wall quickly that will look great, and it can be painted or decorated in many different ways to create a perfect home.

The mineral component of drywall is mined in many areas around the world, and it is combined with other ingredients to create the boards used today. The underlying board part of the sheets is where the gypsum is contained, and the covering is actually paper. This allows the product to stand up through time while being able to absorb paint for a beautifully finished interior.