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  • Writer's pictureDuncan Farrow

3 Choices of Interior Finish on a Shop or Garage

When planning the construction of your new shop, one of the crucial decisions you'll face is selecting the appropriate interior finish. This choice not only affects the appearance and functionality of your shop but also influences maintenance and durability. Today, let's explore the three popular interior finishes available: drywall, plywood, and metal cladding, and help you determine which option best suits your needs.


drywall in a garage

1. Drywall


Benefits: Drywall is favored for its bright, clean appearance, making it a go-to option for those who prefer a more traditional look. It's relatively easy to install, and many homeowners appreciate the convenience of hiring a professional to handle the installation. Drywall is also excellent for those who need to run wiring through the walls, thanks to its easy-to-modify nature.

Downsides: However, drywall isn't without its challenges. It tends to get dirty quickly and is more challenging to clean. If you're working in an environment where walls are prone to bumps and scuffs, drywall can easily damage. Additionally, drywall requires painting, which might add to your initial setup costs and maintenance over time.


plywood in a garage

2. Plywood

Benefits: Plywood offers great durability, making it a robust choice for workshops that see a lot of activity. Its sturdy nature makes it easy to hang heavy shelves or cabinets, and for those who love DIY projects, installing plywood can be a manageable weekend task.

Downsides: The main drawback of plywood is its tendency to echo sound, which can be a concern in noisier workshop environments. Like drywall, plywood also needs to be painted if you're aiming for a brighter ambiance, and it can attract dust and dirt, making it somewhat troublesome to maintain.


metal cladding interior in a shop

3. Metal Cladding


Benefits: Metal cladding is becoming increasingly popular due to its numerous advantages. It’s incredibly easy to clean—simple pressure washing or wiping down can remove most dirt and grime. Its waterproof nature and resistance to sparks make it an excellent choice for workshops that involve welding or use of flammable materials. Additionally, metal cladding can significantly reduce echoes, making your shop sound quieter and more serene.


Downsides: One of the few negatives of metal cladding is the difficulty in hanging cabinets and shelving due to its ribbed surface. Electrical installations might also require external conduits, although innovative solutions exist to integrate wiring without compromising the sleek look of your walls.


Each material—drywall, plywood, and metal cladding—offers unique benefits and challenges. Your choice will depend on your specific needs regarding durability, maintenance, appearance, and functionality.

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