The naked foundation of the walls is drywall, and it provides the structure and support of the home. Because of this, drywall damage needs to be repaired as soon as possible. In addition to being quite the eyesore, you need to ensure drywall is repaired for foundational purposes. With this in mind, we at Jeff the Painterwould like to touch on some common drywall damage and tips for repairs.
Can I Repair Drywall Myself?
Though some may want to tackle the drywall repair as a DIY project, to ensure flawless results, it is best to leave it in the hands of a professional. By the end of the project, any mistakes and flaws will be obvious, and it will often look tacky. Trained professionals such as Jeff the Painterhave the experience, training and skills that leave the drywall repair and final execution with superior craftsmanship.
What Can Damage Drywall?
– Water Damage – often caused from water leaks, moisture exposure, and more.
– Trauma Damage – playing with balls, sporting, children rough housing, equipment, falling over, etc.
– Normal Wear and Tear.
– Drywall anchors leaving holes.
– Pest Damage – typically caused mice and other pests.
– Cracks – due to the normal settling.
Over time, poor ventilation can also cause damage to drywall. Drywall continually loses its integrity due to the moisture exposure. Severe cases may require complete drywall replacement, and a mere patch job with a blending of paint is all it takes in some cases.
Common Types of Drywall
Regular/ White Board Drywall. Generally, the regular drywall has one side that is brown and the other is white. It is most commonly used; it comes in different sizes; ranging in size from 3/8” – 1” in length and is the most economic drywall type of drywall. The 4 x 8 panels are the most common and normally typically used.
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. Though it is not used traditionally with mud and tape, this board offers low emissions and reduced noised with overall good performance.
Green Board Drywall. Green board drywall is moisture resistant. It also increases the cost as the green covering makes it moisture resistant. It is not waterproof and is typically, used in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms, this drywall is only resisted to moisture.
Paperless Drywall. Paperless drywall has been replacing paper drywall over the last few years. The drywall is covered fiberglass that protects the gypsum board from rot and offers even greater resistance to mold and mildew. Since it cuts easier, the quality of the board is more durable, and some experts prefer working.
Purple Drywall. Purple drywall is the upgraded and improved moisture resistant drywall with superior moisture and mold resistant characteristics.
Soundproof Drywall. Soundproof is composed of laminated drywall, which consists of wood fibers, gypsum and polymers increasing the STC (sound transmission class). Though it is denser and a bit harder to cut, it is optimal for your musician’s music room.
Type X Drywall. With several thicknesses that can achieve higher fire rating, this the fire-resistant drywall. Many apartment buildings and commercial buildings are required to use it according to code.