Drywall Installation and Repair

Very few homes and businesses in America are constructed without the application of drywall because it has many benefits to both builder and resident. Drywall became popular in the early to mid 1900s because it was much faster to install than plaster; while plaster would take more than a week to put up and dry properly, drywall can be put up in a day or two, but is also easy enough to install that a moderately experienced homeowner can do it with success. Drywall panels are manufactured in specific widths (48 inches and 54 inches) and varying lengths based on the individual project, and have a standard thickness based on the type of building the drywall is used in. Some of the thicker drywall types are better at reducing sound transmission between rooms, which is a highly desirable feature in homes and businesses.

5 Jan 2012

By Lindsay F Mineo

There are several different levels of finished drywall that you might see in your home, depending on what you plan on doing with each room. Level 0 is completely unfinished and is what you might see if you are building a room but haven’t made decor decisions yet, while Level 5 is completely finished with multiple coats of joint compound to seal angles and joints and is completely smooth and ready for a finishing coat of paint. Most homes and office walls are at Level 4, in which the walls should be coated with a primer prior to painting. Professionals can give your home any level of drywall you desire, whether you’re more interested in finishing your room to your exact specifications yourself or you want a completely smooth, gloss surface to work with.

One of the best benefits of using drywall as a room divider in homes is drywall is an excellent flame and heat retardant. Because one of the ingredients in drywall is essentially crystallized water, heat transfer is halted from one room to another as the water vaporizes. Several layers of drywall can be added to increase fire resistance (as well as increasing the sound barrier), and one type of drywall (Type X) has glass fibers added to it to further increase fire resistance. Selecting the right type of drywall for your home and needs is a great way to keep your family safe from unexpected fires. Drywall is also fast and easy to replace, so in the event of a fire you can get back to normal in no time.

To learn more about home improvement and how to improve your overall home, from bathrooms, kitchens and flooring to driveways and roofing, visit the home remodeling experts.

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