The longest drywall panels are 16-ft long and have standard width ranging between 48-54 inches. Tapering the long edges of drywall panels helps cater for the compound and joint tape. Panel ends are cut into square and given a smooth finish, making them un-tapered. Likewise, when a contractor cuts drywall panel, the edge is un-tapered. And when the experts are mounting the drywall they’re always looking for ways to have as few joints as possible. This is because fewer seams to tape means fewer potential butted seams. Below, a few tips for making butted seams less visible:
- Using elongated drywalls will completely eliminate butted seams. Ideally, any room less than 16-ft should have no butted seams present.
- Try to position butted seams in less conspicuous areas such as above a doorway, above or beneath a window header or near the circumference of the ceiling or wall. Position the seam where it’ll be obscured by an open door or house fittings when it’s inhabited.
- Back block the butted seam: Here, you attach an additional frame to hold up gypsum board where there is no framing present. It effectively eliminates the bump created when drywall is attached to framing. It minimizes ridging, allowing the butt joints to be placed between framing parts, pulling the drywall somewhat along the joint to cover up for the lack of tapering along cut drywalls ends.
- When joining the drywall to the framing at butted seams, use screws and adhesives. Paper tape attached to a setting compound gives a more robust seam.
- If no alterations are made, the seam created becomes difficult to disguise; this is because the cut drywall margin at the seam is not narrowed at all. On application of compound and joint tape, a small bulge is formed; it’ll be visible and burdensome to cover it up.
- Expansion and contraction of the construction materials due to temperatures changes and humidity within the building causes movement. These changes build up tension against the drywall panels which gets relieved as the panels bend outwards at the butted edge joints.
Important considerations for homeowners
Homeowners who do the installing by themselves should always ensure they buy the right drywall supplies. Wrong supplies will mean trouble hanging the drywall and even applying the compound.
Another mistake that most homeowners make is failing to place the seam correctly. Improper seam placing causes the drywall to collapse because of stress. The right way is to place the drywall in a horizontal pattern with the seams positioned vertically, ensuring a secure basis.
Making mistakes, especially if it's the first time is easy. Getting help from a trusted dealer will be an excellent way to start. Talk to The Lumbar Guys; the experts are always ready with answers for your questions on drywalls. They will give you tips for installation and how to complete your drywalling. The team is also drywall supplier of a diverse selection of materials and do deliveries anywhere in Toronto.