Drywall repair work is probably the most often needed house repair job that is carried out in the US. There are lots of videos on-line about just how to perform small drywall repairs, yet much of them are misguiding. Often these videos will instruct you to fill the hole with any paste or gel and paint over it. While this method can LOOK like the wall is fixed, it leaves the wall surface weak and vulnerable to more damages. Drywall is constructed from a compressed powder blended with different active ingredients sandwiched in between two thick layers of paper. Anytime the drywall is damaged, it either crumbles or cracks. Little holes, nicks, and dings cause the drywall to crumble on the inside, and simply packing the space with a different material won't help. A badly finished drywall repair will likely leave the drywall weaker or looking even worse than before the repair was completed. Sometimes, hiring a great drywall contractor is the best thing you can do.
If you're wanting to try to repair drywall by yourself, you should utilize the appropriate materials to do it right. There are several kinds of spackle and drywall compounds that can be employed to correctly fix small damaged spots that will reinforce the wall and help to stand up to damage in the future. If you take this route, well then it's important to take your time and utilize the correct methods. If you simply put a light layer of spackle over the surface of a hole, the area will continue to be weak. If repairing a smaller hole, you want to push the drywall repair mixture into the hole enough so that it starts to squeeze out the opposite side. This is going to ensure that the whole depth of the damage is full of material, and will lead to a solid repair. Drywall compound can contract when drying out, so regularly a number of coats are needed. You want the final layer to stick up above the surface just a bit, so that you can sand it perfectly flat, leaving you with a good flat surface to repaint.
Cracks or larger areas of damaged drywall require the damaged drywall to be removed and a new piece of drywall inserted that fits the resulting hole as accurately as possible. The new section of drywall needs to be braced by either mounting supports behind the drywall or by using drywall clips. After the new drywall piece is supported, the sides have to be patched with drywall compound and perhaps tape, depending on the overall size of the repair. Again, multiple coats of drywall compound or "mud" may be needed.
Water damaged drywall is another standard drywall repair, and the kind of repair required will depend upon the extent of the damage. If the drywall got wet once and is now completely dry, you can try simply painting over the stain, but if the source of the water has not been taken care of, you'll simply make a poor situation even worse. If there is a leak behind the drywall that has not been repaired, or the drywall ends up being excessively wet, there's a decent chance that mold may begin growing on the backside of the drywall, and can quickly emerge as a health hazard. Besides the mold, drywall that has come to be excessively moist will quite often deteriorate and need to be replaced. In this case, the damaged or moldy drywall needs to be removed and replaced after the source of the leak has been taken care of.
There is no "one" method to repair all drywall, and knowing the basics isn't sufficient to understand if the wall has been damaged or not. Incorrectly performed repairs can leave the wall weaker than it needs to be, and can make it more likely that future damage to the drywall will happen. It's usually best to employ a professional drywall repair contractor that will know the best materials and methods to utilize to make sure you get the very best drywall repair possible, and wind up with a drywall surface that is as strong or stronger than it was to start with that can make it simpler when it comes time to finishing or texturing the drywall.
We utilize the right people with the best experience and the best materials and equipment to repair your drywall the right way. We understand the best methods and tricks to repair several types of drywall that we've learned over years of taking care of drywall damage in the area. We've been called one of the leading drywall companies around because we understand exactly how to treat our customers while delivering the very best repairs possible.