02:51PM | 07/27/14
Recently had a water leak in attic, now sheetrock in garage needs replacing (ceiling & walls). I want to do a more decorative look in the area where my washer/dryer are located. Garage is insulated but no A/C or heat. Should I use wood or MDF paneling? Should I install directly to studding or use a backing of sheetrock?

David, Moderator

11:07PM | 07/29/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
261 lifetime posts
Hi there
I am not going to tell you which one to use but I will give you some info to ponder.
mdf is very susceptible to moisture. Over time it will swell and cup if exposed to moisture or wetness.
Wood paneling which is similar to plywood is usually more durable and more resistant to moisture.
I would recommend installing the paneling on top of unfinished drywall. Most paneling is usually around 1/8 to 3/16 thick.Over time the paneling would bow in between the stud openings.
Hope this helps
Good luck
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