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Drywalling

Everyone who has ever worked with drywall agrees: It is one of the worst jobs you can possibly undertake on your own. What they can't agree on is what the worst part is, the mess, the cutting and laying up of those heavy sheets, fitting small or odd sized places or bending it, or the precision needed to get a finish that looks good. And then there is the actual "seeing" of imperfections in the finish BEFORE the paint is applied. Hanging and finishing drywall is an art. If any part is off it will show up in your walls and ceilings with paint or changes in the weather. Just give it time.

On top of these challenges there are even more involving building codes, fastener types, fire ratings and mold resistance. It is no wonder that DIY drywall hints are so pervasive on the internet. What these sites won't tell you is that handling drywall, square foot for square foot, is one of the heaviest, most back breaking materials you can work with in your home. At the same time the pictures and instructions will make it look easy, but finishing it takes real finesse.

If you have more than just a patch in your drywall to handle, it will save you hours –days – and a lot of frustration if you hire a professional drywall installer. This is especially true of finishing new additions or entire homes. Most drywall teams can do a complete home in the time it takes the average homeowner to do one room.

Even though you want a drywall installer to do the work for you, a bit of "drywall knowledge" will help you understand what is called for and help you communicate with the drywall installer you select.

  • Understand that there are different types of drywall for different spaces and applications. Besides the normal drywall that goes on your wall and that comes in different thicknesses, there is also "greenboard" for moisture prone areas such as bathrooms and basements. It is not waterproof, just moisture resistant, and is just one example of the many drywall types. Strolling through your home improvement store will not be enough to realize the many types available. Your installer can help you select the right material for the job. At the same time, there will be different drywall material needs for fire ratings, particularly in garages that are attached to your home.
  • Different localities call for different paint formulations and finishes. This is particularly the case when it comes to mold resistance. If you are going to do the painting yourself, ask your installer if you will be needing a mold resistant primer or for any other particular considerations in various parts of your home.
  • There are multitudes of ways to fasten drywall to the wall studs or ceiling. It is considered best practice to use drywall screws, and in some cases to also use adhesives behind the drywall to add stability to your walls or ceilings. How your installer plans on fastening your drywall should be discussed. Stay away from drywall nails if at all possible because they tend to "pop" through the surface over time and are almost impossible to fix over an entire room.
  • Even though drywall materials are relatively inexpensive, any quote you receive includes the art of finishing and in some cases texturing the final finish. (Click here for examples.) This is the time consuming and expensive part of any job. Realizing this will avoid misunderstandings about your quote. If you opt for a textured surface and find the quotes are generally more than you wanted to spend, cutting out this expensive process could save you some money and you could get a similar look by using multiple paints, such as base coats and glazes. Don't abandon your project entirely because of costs. Work with your contractor and ask for suggestions.
  • Where ever you live in Canada you will almost always find a local city or area building code and licensing authority. Not only do they specify local building codes but they act as consumer protection authorities. While they will not recommend a drywall installer, they can verify if a contractor you are considering is properly licensed.

TrustedPros has made the actual installer selection process quite simple for you. You have two options. You may browse the contractors we have on our site, look at the comments made by people in your area who have already been through this process and check the descriptions for numerous contractors. Find a few and give them a call requesting competitive bids. The other option is to simply post your job on our site and let contractors come to you. Then from the bids that appeal to you go back to our site and check references.

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