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The Four Corners of Drywall: Properties, Installation, Texturing, and Repairs

By February 2, 2020No Comments

Your home is an extension of your creativity. You don’t have to box yourself in with drywall, it is merely the foundation for your dream home. Drywall is used to create separations and partitions for different rooms within a building and with the right contractor, drywall installation, repair, or removal is easy. Drywall, or sheetrock (a brand name for the product) was originally known as gypsum board because the material is made up of crushed gypsum that is flattened and placed between layers of thick paper: a front face, which is smooth, and backside, which is rough. Despite being paper-bound, drywall is relatively fire resistant since it is mixed with water. Glass fibers may also be added to the sulfate to further fireproof an interior as well as be used to replace the paper frame to create mold resistant drywall. So why drywall and how is it installed in Nevada?

Drywall is a readily available global product and an essential for construction that has replaced the lath and plaster technique in which narrow wooden boards are plastered together. Drywall is lightweight, more cost-efficient, and less labor intensive than installing plaster, which is often considered a more high-end luxury material. Although not soundproof, drywall is an acoustic noise reducer which is important in Las Vegas, and again, is relatively fireproof. A contractor installs drywall by first measuring and cutting or sawing gypsum boards based on a building’s blueprints and then hangs the panels on top of studs with adhesive. Nails are hammered and screws are drilled into the studs to keep the drywall secure. The drywall surfaces are taped together and slathered with layers of joint compound to create walls or ceilings. The new interior surface is coated with joint compound and then sanded for a smooth paint-ready finish.

Once drywall is hung, it can also be textured like stucco. Drywall mud or joint compound can be used to mimic the look of stucco by first using a trowel or knife to add the compound to the walls and then using a sponge to create a texture within it. Various textures can be achieved with different tools, such as brushes, combs, or sprayers. The textured surface can then be painted. A professional painter will be able to prime and paint drywall to match your room’s unique aesthetic. Wallpaper may also be used in paint’s stead when the surface is left smooth.

Despite its strength and durability, like any other surface, drywall is not immune from wear and tear. Oftentimes, new homeowners will scuff or puncture their drywall when attempting to move bulky furniture. Scuffs can typically be corrected with a sponge and warm water whereas holes need to be patched with joint compound. Hairline cracks may occur in weaker areas of buildings. Cracks are typically cosmetic issues and don’t affect the interior panels whereas nails sometimes pop in newer buildings, causing small holes and gashes in the walls. Colvin Construction of Las Vegas, NV staffs versatile contractors who specialize in drywall repair and replacement. They will make damaged drywall look like new with their years of expertise, whether it is using mesh tape, patches, compound, caulking, or replacing sections of drywall entirely. They can even remove drywall to create an open layout. You may wonder what happens the wall after drywall demolition: drywall can be recycled into new drywall, as well as an additive for cement, soil, fertilizer, and composting. So, allow drywall to inspire you rather than make you feel walled in.