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Is it better to repair drywall as a DIY project or hire someone to do it?
We may be a little biased regarding this question! If you already have all of the necessary tools on-hand and you are a capable Do-It-Yourselfer, you may be able take on the repair yourself. On the other hand, you may prefer to save time and hassle by turning the job over to a qualified contractor, who has proven experience in the field of drywall repair.
What is the difference between drywall and sheetrock?
Drywall and sheetrock are two words used to describe the same materials, usually made from Gypsum.
Why is having a clean jobsite important before, during, and after a renovation project is done?
In most homes, drywall is everywhere. The drywall contractor has to get into every room and every corner of every room, including closets. The panels are long, heavy, and cumbersome. After the drywall is attached, the tapers have to apply three or four coats of compound, followed by sanding. The tapers have to stay focused on their work. If there are tools, materials, and debris scattered all over the jobsite, the quality and pace of the work suffers. When drywall work is complete, the next contractors should not have to deal with scraps of drywall, dropped joint compound, filled electrical boxes, and piles of dust. The client should notice the quality of the work performed rather than the mess left behind.
Can damaged drywall be recycled, once it is removed?
Yes, it can usually be recycled. Since gypsum makes up about 90% of the weight of a piece of drywall, the gypsum can be recovered from the drywall and most of the material can be recycled. Scrap gypsum drywall is currently being recycled at a few locations in Phoenix and Tempe. However, moldy drywall cannot be recycled and should be handled with care. We wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and a respirator during removal and dispose of it in well-sealed plastic bags.
Can poorly crowned lumber affect the drywall job?
Poorly crowned lumber can affect much more than the drywall job. As long as the drywall is hung perpendicular to the framing, there will be less problems with any seams showing than if it is parallel to wavy framing. Even a beveled edge seam attached to a crowned stud or joist will be crowned out and difficult to hide. If the drywall is hung perpendicular it just flows over the framing and the seams are easier to finish. If the framing is in and out too much, fastening drywall may be a problem. Screws could potentially pop loose later.
Do you offer a free estimate and consultation?
Yes, we schedule free estimates in any of the areas we service. To get started, you can call us or fill out the contact form today.
Does a poor insulation job affect the drywall job?
A poor insulation job can negatively affect the drywall installation. Sagging insulation in ceilings can make properly attaching the drywall impossible. Usually the insulation will need to be stapled up higher along the inside edge of the framing. Overstuffing insulation in a narrow bay may make attachment in that area difficult. Sometimes an entire ceiling is overstuffed because the framing is not deep enough to accommodate the high R value. The thickness of the paper edge along with the protruding staples creates a problem for fastening. These are possible factors resulting in poorly attached drywall and an increase in fastener pops.
Does using a higher quality paint really make a noticeable difference?
After you’ve gone through the effort of researching reputable contractors to provide you with bids and you’ve decided to make the investment to have the work performed correctly, don’t let the temptation of potential savings on material costs ruin the quality and longevity of your project. All paint may look the same in the can, but that’s where the similarities end. High quality paints utilize better ingredients and less fillers which equates to a longer-lasting paint job. Low quality exterior paints tend to chalk, fade, peel, and crack – whereas higher-end products will stay looking beautiful and protect your home for much longer; and are backed by a better manufacturer’s warranty. Low quality interior paints don’t cover as well – causing the contractor to use more material to complete the project. If you’re someone who likes to keep their walls clean, low quality interior paints tend to scuff easily and not wash well. They also typically having a stronger odor that lingers in your home during the curing process, which can take as long as 30 days.
How much of a mess should I expect from popcorn ceiling removal?
The process is virtually mess-free. We make sure that furniture is covered and protected. Then plastic sheeting is dropped from the ceiling, basically cocooning the room. The ceiling is then misted with water and the popcorn ceiling is removed.
What are your payment options?
We accept cash, personal checks, business checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.
I have some remodeling ideas in mind. Can you help me establish which ideas will work best for my situation?
Absolutely! We can assist in recommendations and maybe give you some options that you may not have thought were possible.
What should I do about cracks in the stucco of my house?
Nothing, in most cases. Small, hairline cracks are normal and generally won’t compromise stucco’s integrity. Stucco is not waterproof; it is inherently breathable so moisture can leave the wall cavity. It is the tar paper layer that protects the interior of your home from the elements while the stucco protects the tar paper. Two things can damage the tar paper moisture barrier: ice or cracks caused by structural shifting. If cracks are more than 1/8” wide or there is an accompanying bulge, call us to take a look and get a free estimate. Please note that caulking cracks won’t seal the moisture barrier and will make a re-stucco job more difficult and costly.
What if I have some changes that I would like to make or additional work that I would like to have the crew work on while they’re already in my home?
We encourage you to feel free to talk with your estimator, crew leader, or project manager if you have changes that you would like to make or additional work that you would like to have completed. In most cases it is more cost-effective for us to issue Change Orders or Additional Work Orders during the course of the project than for us to come back after the project is complete. We are always happy to accommodate your requests!