Is fire-rated drywall required for ceilings in a bungalow or can regular drywall be used?
No, not to worry. Fire rated drywall is used in semi detatched homes and apartments. I do strongly suggest the use of it in a basement that has a kitchen. Just use in that ceiling.
Now code does not call for it, but a few sheets in the ceiling of your main floor kitchen above the stove is a good idea.
Fire rated drywall is not required for your ceiling. However useing 5/8" drywall for a ceiling is much better than using 1/2" regular drywall. The 5/8" is much stronger and will not sag over time like 1/2".
Most of the time lumber yards only stock the 5/8" size in fire rated. There is nothing wrong with using the fire rated for your ceiling.
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