Drywall is the naked foundation of the walls. It provides the structure and support and if the drywall sustains damage, it is one of the essential fixes that needs to be done sooner rather than later. Not only do you want your drywall repaired for foundational purposes, but the eyesore it leaves can be more than a nuisance to see. Today, we at McKay’s Painting would like to elaborate some on drywall damage and the repair that follows.
DIY VS Professional Drywall Repair
As mentioned, drywall repair and maintenance are one of the most important things you can do for your home. Where some may want to tackle the drywall repair as a DIY project, leaving it the professionals is a sure solution to make certain the results are flawless. Drywall that has flaws and mistakes are likely to be pretty obvious by the conclusion of the task, and sometimes the workmanship can be a worse eyesore than the original damage. Professionals have the experience, training and skills that leave the drywall repair and final execution with superior craftsmanship.
What Causes Holes, Dents & Other Damage to Drywall?
Common damage and causes of drywall damage include the following:
– Damage cracks; caused from normal settling.
– Water damage; derived from water leaks, moisture exposure, and more.
– Normal wear and tear.
– Trauma damage; children rough housing, playing with balls, sporting, equipment, falling over, etc.
– Damage from mice and other pests.
– Holes due to drywall anchors.
Poor ventilation can also cause damage to drywall over time. Due to the moisture exposure, drywall continually loses its integrity. In some cases, a mere patch job with a blending of paint is all it takes, but severe cases may require complete drywall replacement.
Types of Drywall
There are common types of drywall, they are listed below.
Regular/ White Board Drywall. Typically, regular drywall typically has one side that is brown and on the other, it is white. This is the most economic drywall type of drywall and most commonly used comes in different sizes; ranging in size from 3/8” – 1” in length. The most common and normally used is the 4 x 8 panels.
Green Board Drywall. Green board drywall is moisture resistant. The green covering makes it so, which also increases the cost. This drywall is only resist to moisture, it is not waterproof and is typically, used in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
Blue Board Drywall. Blue board is also referenced as plaster board and is used for veneer plastering because the paper has specialized qualities of absorption. This board offers low emissions and reduced noised with overall good performance however it is not used traditionally with mud and tape.
Paperless Drywall. Over the few years paperless drywall has been replacing paper drywall. Instead of paper, the drywall is covered fiberglass that protects the gypsum board from rot and offers even greater resistance to mold and mildew. The quality of the board is more durable, and some experts prefer working with it since it cuts easier.
Purple Drywall. With superior moisture and mold resistant characteristics, purple drywall is the upgraded and improved moisture resistant drywall.
Type X Drywall. This is the fire-resistant drywall with several thicknesses that can achieve higher fire rating. Many apartment buildings and commercial buildings are required to use it according to code.
Sound Proof Drywall. With a mix of wood fibers, gypsum and polymers increasing the STC (sound transmission class), soundproof is composed of laminated drywall. Its denser and a bit harder to cut. But it is optimal for your musician’s music room.