It’s important to choose the correct building materials when building a new home or remodeling your existing home. The materials you choose will determine your home’s durability and the overall quality of the build. Today we’re going to talk about your home’s interior walls; more specifically, we’re going to talk about drywall and give you a few basic repair tips.
There are two common types of material that are used for interior walls, drywall and plaster. Most people choose drywall over plaster and they are usually very confident with that choice. Here are the benefits of using drywall over plaster.
- Drywall is more attractive than plaster. It’s also much easier and less time-consuming to install than plaster. Drywall is just as durable as plaster but it’s easier to repair when you have holes and cracks.
- Drywall is made from a tough material called gypsum, which makes it fire resistant. The fire won’t spread down the wall as quickly as wood paneling and other combustible materials, which gives you more time to get out.
- Drywall is recyclable. It feels good to go green!
- In addition drywall can be soundproofed; this is a great way to block out any loud neighboring noises in an apartment or office building.
- Drywall is more energy efficient, which means heat will stay in your rooms better during the winter and cooler during the summer. You will save a little money in the long run as well on your energy bills.
- Drywall is mold resistant as well as fire resistant and insect resistant.
- Drywall is more cost efficient than plaster because plaster is more labor intensive.
Drywall Repairs for the Average Homeowner
Drywall can take a bit of a beating, but it can’t withstand a precariously-swinging ball bat or skateboard that gets away from the rider. Every homeowner should have the tools required and the ability to repair minor drywall bumps, scrapes, and even small holes.
Materials You Will Need
- Drywall Patch Plaster: You may prefer to purchase a full drywall repair kit, and that’s perfectly okay. Otherwise you’ll need a container of drywall patch plaster.
- Putty Knife: Get a putty knife that corresponds with the size of the hole you’re patching if possible.
- Sandpaper: A sanding block does a great job sanding the entire area smooth without leaving valleys or ridges.
- Drywall Tape: Tape helps smooth the area and prevents the crack or hole from reappearing after the repair has been completed. Large holes may require sheets of self-adhesive mesh instead of tape.
How to Use these Materials
- Lightly sand the area around the hole to make it as smooth as possible.
- Place the drywall tape on the crack or the self-adhesive mesh over a hole.
- Use the putty knife to apply the drywall patch plaster to the tape or mesh, filling in the entire area completely.
- Let it dry completely.
- Apply a second coat if needed. You should not see the edges or the design of the tape in the putty.
- Sand the area perfectly smooth. Use a sanding block if needed to achieve a perfectly smooth surface.
- Apply primer so the paint adheres well and blends with the rest of the wall.
- Finish the repaired area with the paint of your choosing.
There you have it! The process isn’t really that difficult, but it is time consuming. Many homeowners prefer to hire us for drywall repair simply because they don’t have the time to invest in the project.
Call us at 301-948-0100 if you’re in Gaithersburg or the surrounding areas and in need of drywall repair or a host of other home improvement projects. We’ll schedule an appointment for a consultation and get your home looking like new.