Drywall is a common product used in building projects. Drywall supplies are available for interior residential and commercial projects of all sizes. It’s primarily available in the form of single sheets, which need to be installed on walls and ceilings. If you are planning any project that will require drywall, you might have some questions about the material, and how it can be used.
Here are some frequently asked questions many people ask about drywall:
Should I do the job myself or hire a contractor?
It depends on whether or not you have experience with interior wall or ceiling projects. You might be able to handle small repair jobs on your own. However, if a large portion of the wall needs replaced, or you are working on a new construction, it’ll probably be best to work with a drywall company.
Should the contractor be licensed?
Yes. Make sure that your contractor provides you with proof that they are licensed to do work in your area and that they have liability insurance. Don’t agree for anything unless you are provided with this proof.
What is the most difficult part of a drywall project?
Hanging the sheets is the most physically demanding part of the job. It requires a great deal of patience to install this material properly. However, some would say that finishing the job is the biggest challenge – especially when you’re aiming for a smooth finish. Sanding can be hazardous, and requires a lot of preparation so that the dust is contained to only that area.
Should drywall be installed horizontally or vertically?
The answer to this question is somewhat subjective. In general, though, horizontal installation is done in an average-size residential home, while vertical installation is done in industrial settings. You should ask a professional what would be best for your project during a consultation.
Should I go with parallel or perpendicular installation?
Many experts recommend perpendicular installation, as it provides the structure with greater strength.
What is greenboard?
This type of drywall is made with moisture-resistant paper. It’s ideal for use in areas where moisture is present, such as in laundry rooms, bathrooms, basements, etc. However, it should not be used in areas where it will be in direct contact with water, such as tub walls. For these areas, a waterproof wallboard should be used.
How much are drywall supplies?
Many of the tools you will need are items you can find at your local home improvement store. The current cost of standard drywall itself is around $1.93 (CAD)/$1.50 (US) per square foot. This does not include the cost of labour and additional materials.
Is drywall fire resistant?
Yes, however, it is not fireproof. There are different levels of resistance. Standard drywall has the lowest resistance rating. Type X is typically thicker and contains additives which give it a 90-minute fire rating. The most durable, Type C, has a composition that gives it a fire rating of up to two hours.
How much is labour?
It depends on the drywall company you decide to work with. There is usually an option for you to fill out an online form to receive an estimate.