Very seldom do homeowners feel content with the condition and appearance of their home. Having the home improvement projections on the “to do” list seem to be never-ending. You get one project accomplished and more take its place. Where taking on some of these projects can be rewarding and give you more pride in ownership in your abode, some projects are better suited for the professionals, as some can lead to catastrophe down the road if project is completed improperly. Considering that, we at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc would like to touch on drywall repairs and why a professional should be solicited for the job.
Causes of Drywall Cracks & Other Damage
Drywall will require repairing for a number of reasons; accidental force, water damage, and smoke damage for example, but if it is not done correctly, the patch job looks even more obvious when it is painted to match the existing wall. If you are thinking of doing the drywall repair, consider the factors.
Must Have Tools Needed for Drywall Mudding, Sanding, Finishing & More
When taking on the drywall repair specific tools are required, and unless you have experience working with drywall, it is doubtful you house the necessary tools and equipment that are specially designed to ensure quality repairs.
Tools you need for a simple repair and then find a place to store them, include:
– 3 ” Wide Flexible Knife
– 6″ Wide Flexible Knife
– 8″ Wide Flexible Knife
– Utility Knife
– Drywall Saw
– Hack Saw
– Hand Sander
– Nail Bar
Drywall Materials Needed
Material needed in addition to the tools and equipment:
– Drywall Sheet
– Drywall Compound
– Paper Tape
– Drywall Nails
Reasons to Hire a Professional Drywall Contractor
Investing in a professional is already more cost efficient than undertaking this project on your own. Not only do you have to acquire these tools, but then you have to store them. Though a few of these tools might be useful on other projects, the majority of them will only take up valuable space and collect dust after the drywall repair.
Time Consumption: Another consideration is the length of time it will take the inexperienced to perform this task. More than likely, a simply drywall replacement service from start to finish, not including drying time, will take the greater portion of the day, maybe even more. With a professional who has practiced drywall repair over and over again during the course of their career, this job will be done far more quickly.
Health Concerns: There are health risks that are involved when performing drywall repair. Drywall is heavier than it looks; a basic 1/2 inch sheet measuring 4 feet by 8 feet weighs over 50 pounds. For people who have not gained experienced, manipulating awkward the heavy materials will leave with some aches and pains at best. Dropping this heavy sheet on your toes can result in further injury. Drywall dust that naturally coincides with working with it can negatively impact children, elderly and those with respiratory issues. A professional has the knowledge to minimize injury and the spread of drywall particles.
Aesthetics: If not properly executed with patience, finesse, and expertise; the drywall repair will look lumpy, uneven and unattractive. Professional drywall repair leaves walls smooth, level and pristine.
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After considering the basics, your time is better placed in other home improvement projects. Instead of dealing with the hassle of drywall repairs, contact L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc and let our experts do the rest.