Local drywall company based in Wesley Chapel, specializing in small repairs. Commercial and Residential.
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Common walls between garages and living areas, party walls, and ceilings above a furnace require Type X drywall that is 5/8” thick with a one-hour fire rating. Fire-code drywall is created by adding glass fibers or other materials to the gypsum.
It’s important to remember that once drywall gets wet it can easily start to deteriorate. If you’re concerned that a water leak is destroying your walls from the inside out, we’re always ready to help you repair your drywall.
Drywall, gypsum board, sheetrock, or rock lath, are all names for roughly the same material. This product comes in 4x8 sheets and is attached directly to the wall studs. Seams are taped and covered with a layer of plaster to hide them. It is faster and more economical than plastering a wall.
Cracks in your home’s walls and ceilings are a sign of foundation problems. The first place they appear is around window casements and doorframes. While some cracking of drywall is due to normal settling, if the cracks are wider than ¼”, you may have a problem.
If you prefer a softer look to your home’s interior, we provide bullnose corner beads. This particular corner bead features a rounded-edge alternative to the 90-degree L-shaped corner beads. Bullnose is ideal for houses with young children.
As your home ages and “cures” you can expect nail pops to appear in the drywall. This is normal, and usually only happens after new construction. If you tried to fix the nail pops and now have hammer holes dotting your walls, call us to fix them up.
Having your ceiling or walls repaired or replaced does not have to mean a total disruption to your life. We only ask that you move items easily knocked over and broken. We will cover everything else, and carefully move any furniture that needs moving.
When you hear or read about a “brown coat” in plastering, it is referring to the second coat of plaster that is spread over the scratch (or first) coat. When working with drywall, it is the only coat of plaster needed.
What exactly is joint compound? This is the spackle that is used with drywall applications to achieve a smooth durable coat. Spackle is crafted from a mixture of water, limestone, emulsifiers and polymers and usually takes about 24 hours to dry.
Not all drywall is the same. Because it readily absorbs moisture, and can harbor mold, the right material has to go in the right location. For rooms where moisture and water are present (kitchens, laundry rooms, baths) we use greenboard to protect against water damage.
When was drywall actually invented? In 1916. Initially drywall was named “Sackett Board” and the material was first invented by the U.S. Gypsum Company. The very first types of drywall products were fireproof tiles followed a few years later by drywall paper sheets.
Drywall needs expansion joints, just as concrete does. Changes in temperature and humidity will cause the drywall to expand and contract and if expansion joints are not included, it will crack.
Addressing water ceiling damage immediately can prevent immense destruction and save you a large amount of money. Whether it's rain, a burst pipe or just general damage, it is a serious problem that shouldn't be taken lightly.
After unfinished, the lowest finish level for drywall is Level 1. This stage will show tool marks and ridges, but the tape will be covered with compound and the excess compound removed. This level is typical for garages and some basements.
If your foundation is being repaired and your home straightened, we recommend waiting about five weeks before making repairs to the drywall to allow the building to completely adjust to the new alignment.
Before you begin trying to install drywall yourself, consider this: one sheet of half-inch thick drywall weighs just short of forty pounds. Couple that with its awkward 4x8 size and you easily have a two-person job. Using professionals is faster and easier.
The plaster for the center of drywall is made of gypsum plaster. This kind of plaster is made by taking the mineral gypsum and heating, or roasting it, to 300° F, releasing water as steam. When you add water to the powder, you're reversing this reaction to create a hard mineral again.
When it comes to drywall installation, the tape you use at the seams is just as important as the drywall. If it’s bubbling up instead of laying flat, you’ll find that it will continue to push out the texture and paint you try to put over it.
Did you know that there is a type of drywall that can offer protection against radiation? This type of drywall is known as “lead-lined” drywall – and is crafted with a layer of lead, one sixteenth of an inch thick, between the drywall sheet core and paper backing.
Drywall goes by a large variety of names, such as plasterboard, wallboard, gypsum board, or gyprock. All of these are normal names, but there are a few that were actually trademark names, like sheetrock, gyproc, or gib board (a shortening of Gibraltar Board.)
Did you know that an early form of drywall was actually invented in 1894 by Augustine Sackett? This was known as Sackett Board and was made by layering plaster between four sheets of paper.
An acoustical ceiling is a significant investment. Taking care of it properly ensures an increased lifetime, saving you money in the long run.
If you suspect your drywall might have water damage, it's important to diagnose the problem quickly. Look for the following warning signs: stained or discolored ceilings or walls, bowing, musty odors, peeling joint tape, dampness (especially in basements), or loose shower tiles.
For ceilings that are especially known for wear and tear, such as restaurants, a cleaning is required once a year. Not doing so can dramatically impact indoor air quality.
Drywall became popular for interior walls because it is lighter, easier to work with, and faster to install than lath and plaster techniques. It is also easier to replace and repair than plaster.
Did you know that special equipment is required to apply splatter-knockdown drywall textures? Some of this equipment includes gas- and diesel-powered spray rigs that are well equipped for professional texture jobs.
Are you tired of your boring ceiling? Drywall and plaster ceiling textures are a great way to create interest. We can help you find the perfect textured finish to add a whole new dimension to your room’s décor.
In ancient times, the white mineral calcite was known as alabaster by the Egyptians, but in the Middle Ages this same name was used to apply to fine gypsum deposits. In modern times, we call both calcite and fine-grain gypsum alabaster, and it's used for sculptures and decorations.
One type of drywall texture common in new construction across the Midwest United States is stomp-knockdown texture, which is created by using a brush to stomp patterns in drywall mud across a surface.
Did you know that drywall is a fireproofing product? It's true – because of its chemical structure it acts as a barrier to heat and flames. It is available with different fire ratings, and we can install it quickly.
What are just a few steps that are involved in the drywall finishing process? Taping, spackling, sanding and finishing. For most drywall finishes, 3 layers of spackle are applied – the first over the drywall itself, the second over the tape and the third as a finishing layer.
Because all of our staff are fully insured, licensed and bonded, you can feel safe when we are working on your home. Because of the nature of the work, we ask that you make arrangements to be out of the home, but leave us several contact numbers.
While the paper facing used on drywall is flammable, the gypsum core is not. This natural fire resistance is one of the many reasons drywall is a preferred material for residential and commercial building projects.
Type X drywall is manufactured with additives such as perlite, a volcanic glass containing water, that make it impervious to fires. This material is used in the construction of firewalls and often is installed in security offices to protect stored data.
The "shadow effect" is a drywall installation issue that requires repair. The shadow effect is, in essence, a cosmetic condition that happens when subsequent layers of wet drywall have been applied to previous layers before they have fully dried.
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