When it comes to your walls, the drywall is the naked foundation. It is one of the essential fixes that needs to be done sooner rather than later when it gets damaged as it provides structure and support. With this in mind, we at My-General Contractor would like to elaborate on drywall repairs.
Can I Repair Drywall Myself?
One of the most important things you can do for your home is drywall repair and maintenance. Leaving it the professionals is a sure solution to make certain the results are flawless, though some may want to tackle the drywall repair as a DIY project. By the conclusion of the task, the drywall that has flaws and mistakes are likely to be pretty obvious, sometimes the DIY workmanship attempts can be a worse eyesore than the original damage. Professionals have the training, skills and experience to achieve flawless results.
What Causes Damage to Drywall?
Water Damage – stemming from water leaks, moisture exposure, and more.
Trauma Damage – kids rough housing, sporting, playing with balls, equipment, falling over, etc.
Common wear and tear –
– Drywall anchors leaving holes.
– Mice and other pest damage.
– Cracks left from normal settling.
Damage to drywall over time can develop from poor ventilation. Drywall continually loses its integrity due to the moisture exposure. Severe cases may require complete drywall replacement, though some instance a mere patch job with a blending of paint is all it takes.
What are the Different Types of Drywall?
Below are common types of drywall.
Conventional/ White Board Drywall. One side that is brown and the other side is white with regular drywall. Ranging in size from 3/8” – 1” in length, this is the most economic drywall type of drywall and most commonly used comes in different sizes. The 4 x 8 panels are the most common and normally used.
Paperless Drywall. Replacing paper drywall over the last few years is paperless drywall. The drywall is covered fiberglass that protects the gypsum board from rot and offers even greater resistance to mold and mildew instead of paper. Since it cuts easier, and the quality of the board is more durable, some experts prefer working with it.
Green Board Drywall. Being moisture resistant, the green board drywall is, as the name implies, cover with green, which increases the cost. It is not waterproof, but water resistant, and is usually used in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and laundry rooms.
Blue Board Drywall. Because the paper has specialized qualities of absorption, blue board is also referenced as plaster board and is used for veneer plastering. It is not used traditionally with mud and tape, however, this board offers low emissions and reduced noised with overall good performance.
Purple Drywall. Purple drywall is the upgraded and improved moisture resistant drywall with superior moisture and mold resistant characteristic.
Type X Drywall. With several thicknesses that can achieve higher fire rating, this is the fire-resistant drywall. According to code, many apartment buildings and commercial buildings are required to use it.
Soundproof Drywall. Composed of laminated drywall, this is a mix of wood fibers, gypsum and polymers increasing the STC (sound transmission class), soundproof. It can be difficult to cut since it is denser, which is optimal for your musician’s music room.