Drywall is an essential product in interior building and construction. Made of compressed gypsum or sheetrock and secured between two sheets of thick paper, drywall has replaced plaster in residential and commercial construction because it is:
- Cost effective
- Easy to work with
- Quick installation
- Easy to replace
- Fire resistant
- Water resistant
Properly installed drywall increases the aesthetics and value of your home. But, like other elements of construction, drywall sheets need to be repaired or replaced over time. Hiring a professional contractor helps you understand when your drywall needs to be simply repaired or completely replaced.
Some of the more common issues with drywall are:
Minor Drywall Damage
Dents, small holes, abrasions, and other minor damage can be easily repaired by mudding over the surface. Once the surface issue is repaired, your wall can be repainted to look perfectly smooth and flawless.
Water Damage to Drywall
Drywall comes in waterproof and non-waterproof sheets. Waterproof drywall installation is preferable in bathrooms, kitchens, and other rooms where there is a lot of moisture. Because the exterior of the gypsum sheets is made of paper, drywall can be easily damaged from excess moisture. Depending on the degree of water damage, drywall sheets are either repaired or replaced.
Animal Damage to Walls
Rodents, household pets, and other critters can damage drywall sheets by chewing corners, digging holes, scratching the surface, or denting the panel. Smaller damaged areas can be easily repaired. However, if there are large holes in drywall sheets, a replacement is most likely necessary.
Normal Wear and Tear
Drywall installation is susceptible to normal wear and tear caused by daily activities. Most of the dents and dings that occur over time are easily repaired by a professional drywall service. However, seriously damaged areas with large holes or missing chunks often need to be replaced.
House Shifting Drywall Damage
When your home shifts or settles, cracks, separations, and other damage can occur to your drywall panels. Minor issues can easily be replaced but if the damage is too extensive, the gypsum panel will need to be replaced.
Poorly Installed Drywall
When drywall is not installed properly, anchors can cause damage to the sheets. Most areas can be repaired to improve the look of the surface.
Residential and commercial drywall are essential materials in interior building construction. If damage occurs through natural wear-and-tear or unnatural incidents, the cost to repair the area could be cheaper than replacing the entire drywall sheet. Contacting a professional drywall contractor saves you time, effort, and money by ensuring your panels are repaired or replaced according to standard.