More X-ray rooms in hospitals, dental offices, and chiropractic offices are laminated with a single, uniform sheet of defect-free lead from NELCO. What does it take to determine appropriate lead-lined drywall or plywood size, lead thickness, and wall layout to meet all site requirements? You’ll want the advice of NELCO experts. For use in either new construction or shielding upgrades, NELCO lead-lined plywood products are designed to fill the gaps between lead-lined gypsum wallboard and interlocking lead brick. Every NELCO panel is first-rate and fire-rated.

Features & Highlights

Can be used in new or remodeled rooms

Dimensions and lead thicknesses to meet any design need up to 1/8″

Proven on-time deliveries from one of many facilities across the U.S.

NELCO installation teams are available upon request

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Top-Line Tech Specs

Lead-lined drywall

Medical and industrial shielded X-ray rooms, soundproofing

1/32″ to 1/8″ lead thickness, 1/2″ or 5/8″ drywall thickness

Common drywall sizes with lead to specified height
48″ x 96″, 48″ x 108″, 48″ x 120″

UL Classification
UL NELCO-R20718 and V439 5/8″ drywall available upon request



LEED™ NC Version 2.2, MR Credits 4.1 and 4.2: Recycled material content

• Indicate recycled content and provide manufacturer’s written certification of recycled steel and lead products

• Indicate percentage both post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content per unit of drywall, plywood, and lead products.

LEED™ NC Version 2.2, MR Credit 5.1: Local/regional materials

•Indicate location of extraction, harvesting, and recovery; indicate the distance between extraction, harvesting, and recovery and the project site.

•Indicate location of manufacturing facility; indicate distance between manufacturing facility and the project site.

LEED™ NC Version 2.2, EQ Credit 4.1: Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content

• Include certification of data indicating Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content of all field-applied adhesives. Submit MSDS highlighting VOC limits.

Yes. Our physicists and experts will gladly assist in determining the best size, lead thickness, and wall layout to meet site requirements.


NELCO supplies 2″, 3″ or 4″ lead batten strips to shield the seams between each drywall piece, and typically either lead discs or lead tabs to protect the area where screws are attached. Lead discs cover the drywall screw heads, while lead tabs wrap behind the metal stud to protect the screw penetration.



Yes. To ensure an impenetrable shielding system, we also offer lead pieces (of equal thickness to the drywall) to line any penetrations, including electrical boxes, wall outlets, etc.


If more than 1/8″ lead is required, NELCO recommends you use our lead-lined plywood.


No, once lead is adhered to fire-resistant drywall, it loses its UL fire-resistance rating. However, NELCO does offer a full, fire-resistant drywall configuration (UL V439).