I have an older doublewide mobile home. It was built in the late 1970's, and it sat vacant for several years before I purchased it. I am now in the process of compeletely renovating it. I am installing all new doors and windows, and will be reframing as needed to make them standard sized. I have pulled all of the aluminum siding off of the outside, and will be replacing it with Tru-Wood wood paneling. Inside, I am going to put up new 1/2" drywall over the existing walls. I am getting ready to do the ceilings, and had some questions.
This home has a metal roof, and the supporting beams look to be 1"x2" beams. There is a slight arch to the roof, so there is a 1"x2" structure below and then another above to accomodate the arch, with insulation between them. The top and bottom beams are attached together, either with wood or strapping. I have ripped down the original ceiling due to a multitiude of problems with it. I want to replace it with drywall, but am concerned about the weight difference between the original fiberboard and the drywall, as well as the possibilty of the 1" x 2" studs cracking when I run drywall screws through them.
I am looking at using the 1/4" drywall on the roof to cut down on the weight, but would prefer to use the 1/2" instead. However, before I do anything, I wanted to get some opinions on this project to see if anyone has had experiece doing this before, as well as any suggestions you might have. Home depot sells 4x8 sheets of a fiberboard paneling (a bit lighter), but as it is essentially pressed paper it would be very difficult to get this to stick. If I had too, I could also use 4x8 sheets of 1/4" wood paneling, but it wouldn't look that good and I would have to do more work to tie it all together.
I appreciate any assistance you can provide.