ASTM C1396

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ASTM C1396 – Standard Specification for Gypsum Board


This specification covers gypsum boards which include the following:

  • gypsum wallboard for use on walls, ceilings, or partitions and that affords a surface suitable to receive decoration
  • predecorated gypsum board for use as the finished surfacing for walls, ceilings, or partitions
  • gypsum backing board, coreboard, and shaftliner board for use as a base in multilayer systems or as a gypsum stud or core in semisolid or solid gypsum board partitions, or in shaft wall assemblies
  • water-resistant gypsum backing board to be used as a base for the application of ceramic or plastic tile on walls or ceilings
  • exterior gypsum soffit board for exterior soffits and carport ceilings that are completely protected from contact with liquid water
  • gypsum sheathing board for use as sheathing on buildings
  • gypsum base for veneer plaster
  • gypsum lath for use as a base for gypsum plaster application
  • and gypsum ceiling board for interior ceilings and walls.


ceiling; coreboard; drywall; exterior gypsum soffit board; foil-backed; gypsum; gypsum backing board; gypsum base; gypsum board; gypsum ceiling board; gypsum coreboard; gypsum lath; gypsum sheathing; gypsum sheathing board; gypsum wallboard; laminated gypsum board; partitions; plaster; predecorated gypsum board; shaftliner; sheathing; type X; veneer base; veneer plaster; wall; wallboard; water-resistant gypsum board