There is a hole in the wall and you don’t know whether to patch up the hole or replace the entire piece of drywall. If you patch up the hole, the texture on the wall used might not match the interior color of the wall. And if you are like most people, it is very important the patched surface exactly matches the prevailing wall color. We realize the value of restoring the wall to its initial color and texture and a Portland drywall repair person and texture professional can quickly determine whether a simple texturizing patch up job is possible or whether the entire piece of drywall will need to replaced.
What is Drywall?
Drywall, gypsum wallboard, sheetrock, wallboard and plasterboard as the common associated drywall names. Drywall is a construction material used to create walls and ceilings. It is used to create various kind of structures and is very easy to install. Incredibly durable and inexpensive, drywall is used to conceal beams, wrap columns and section off rooms. Additionally, drywall offers a safety feature of being fire proof.
Replacing the Drywall
If damaged area is too large to be simply repaired with a texture, the entire piece of drywall will need to be replaced. To replace the affected area, a Portland drywall repair person will locate the two studs holding the piece of damaged drywall using a stud detector. It is important to remove the entire piece of drywall due to the way it is nailed to the wall and for future stability. A straight edge chalk line is drawn on the wall to make sure an even cut is administered to the wall. Nails, screws, compound and any obstructions are removed from the site. Next, a new piece of drywall is cut to the exact dimensions of the wall and nailed to the wall with screws and nails. Finalizing the drywall hanging includes taping and mudding the joints.
Texturing the Wall
Texturing is accomplished by manipulating the joint compound. Most texturing jobs include patching small nail holes or wall scrapes. A Portland texture specialist will access the type of job and add the proper amount of joint compound. Essentially, joint compound is a “white substance similar to plaster used to seal joints between sheets of drywall, primarily in building construction. It is often referred to simply as “mud”.” [Joint Compound - Wikipedia]. The importance of getting the proper consistency of joint compound lies in getting the right balance of water and compound, creating a cream like concoction. After the compound is created, water is sprayed on the surface of the wall and a texturing sponge applies a small amount of compound. A small paint roller might also be administered to apply the compound if the damaged wall has a large enough hole.
If for any reason the Portland texture specialist did not apply the proper amount of joint texture, it can simply be removed and the whole process can start over again. The appeal of the compound is that it quickly dissolves in water and can be simply wiped clear with a sponge or cloth.
Once the compound has dried, the next step is to blend the edges of the compound with the prevailing wall, ensuring the thickness and consistency match exactly. It takes approximately 30 minutes for the compound to dry and turn from a gray to white. Once the compound is complete, a primer is applied to the wall before the final matching interior color is added to the wall. Depending on the hue of the wall, several paint applications might need to be applied before an exact match is reached. To read more on interior painting - Portland interior painting.