10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Drywall Contractor In Toronto

Questions to ask your drywall contractor

Making updates and changes to your home or building a new one is stressful enough, without having to worry about cowboy contractors ruining your experience and wallet. A few simple questions before you hire someone could save you a lot of headache.

A highly qualified drywall contractor takes away a lot of the potential for frustration but can turn your dream home experience into a bottomless money pit. I’ve heard a lot of stories from many of my friends and clients about some terrible experiences with dodgy contractors who cut corners, avoid responsibility and are generally a pain to deal with.

But how do you know what to ask and where to start if you have never dealt with a drywall contractor before? The following 10 simple questions will help you choose the right drywall contractor and get the job done right the first time.

1. Do you have Liability Insurance?

You need to make sure your drywall contractor provides you a proof they have Liability Insurance before you pay them anything. This covers you for financial loss should the drywall contractor die, become insolvent or run away.

2. Are there any current or past disputes underway with the relevant construction authorities in your province or with a former client?

This will let you know about the drywall contractor’s general reliability and professionalism as well as the overall quality of their work.

3. Have you ever been declared bankrupt?

If your drywall contractor went bankrupt at some point it may mean a quick eject button on your project should they not have the financial resources to finish the job. A bankrupt company may disappear without warning leaving you with a half finished drywall project and the need for you to search for another drywall contractor willing to complete the job.

4. Do you work in the same area I’ll be building?

It seems self-explanatory, yet many people never ask this question. Your drywall contractor may not be interested in a project far from their office, where they have to travel. The drywall contractor may also need to hire sub-contractors they are not familiar with and these people may not be up to standard.

5. How long is your warranty and what does it cover?

A drywall contractor agrees to perform quality drywall installation and taping job and warrants against any defects in workmanship or materials supplied. Since it is not always possible to find these defects on the spot, such a warranty should extend to one year for residential units and sometimes longer for commercial properties.

6. Who supervises the drywall project?

This is important because the supervisor or project manager is the person who keeps everyone honest and insures the drywall job goes smoothly. When a project manager is onsite, higher quality work is performed. Look into their track record including past experiences and duration at current employer.

7. What about your drywall installers and tapers and their long-term employment?

A consistent and reliable trade base is essential to making certain the job will be finished on time with high quality results.

8. Can provide us with references of your recently finished projects?

This is absolutely a no-brainer. Try to see for yourself the drywall contractors’ recently completed work or at the very least talk with their clients. This way you can understand if the drywall contractor is doing the type of job you want for your home. Check out the quality of materials they use for their drywall projects. This way you can get feedback about customer experience and satisfaction.

9. What other projects will you be involved with while installing my drywall?

You don’t want the drywall contractor to take on more jobs than they can handle. The more they can concentrate on your job, the faster it will be completed and with a fewer mistakes.

And finally… 10. Reviews?

Remember, being involved in a new construction or a renovation project is a huge financial and emotional investment. Take the extra time to do a thorough check on any prospective drywall contractor, their workmanship, references and credentials. There are several places on the web where you can read reviews about their qualification. Such as Homestars.com, Google places or even Facebook.

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How To Install Drywall On The Ceiling In Your House

Installing drywall on the ceiling can be challenging when working alone, but with a few minor adjustment to the working process, you can easily accomplish this task on your own. Follow these simple steps as you learn how to install drywall on the ceiling in your house.

  1. Check if the area where you are going to install drywall is clear from electrical wires, ductwork, or protruding pipes. Install furring strips to the framing in order to create a flat, even surface for drywall installation around these obstacles.
  2. To keep it easier mark the wall studs to indicate the locations of the ceiling joists for reference when installing drywall. Also mark the placement of light fixtures and electrical boxes.
  3. To get some leverage and support for raising the drywall sheets to the ceiling when you’re working alone, build a T-brace. Use a 2 foot piece of 1 by 4 and nail it to a 2 by 4. It should be 1 foot higher than the length from the floor to the ceiling.
  4. Start hanging drywall in the corner, where you can use a full sheet. Raise the first sheet to the ceiling so you can get an idea of the placement in relation to the joists.
  5. If you have a friend, ask him to assist you, or alternatively use the T-brace that you have build in the step 3. Raise the first sheet of drywall to the ceiling and slide it snugly into the corner. Install drywall in the way that tapered edges of the sheet are facing the floor.
  6. Screw in the drywall sheets permanently to the ceiling joists using screws. The heads of the screws you choose should come in contact with the paper, sinking in slightly without breaking through the paper.
  7. Proceed to install drywall along the first wall, always make sure that the tapered edges abut one another and are facing down. The tapered edges are designed to make the taping, mudding and sanding process easier.
  8. To enforce the stability of your ceiling, start the second row with a half sheet of drywall in order to stagger the seams.
  9. Measure and mark the cut line at the vertical midpoint of the drywall sheet. Use a straightedge to help guide your utility knife as you cut. Tip the panel off of the floor or table at a slight angle, then push it down to break it in half. Use the utility knife to cut through the paper backing.
  10. Install panels over vents or light fixtures loosely at first. Use a rotary drill to cut out a border for the fixture or vent, and then fully attach the board.
  11. Complete installation of drywall on the entire ceiling of your house and only then proceed to install drywall on the walls.

In case you don’t want to install drywall alone, you can hire professional experts. In the video below see how our installers hang drywall on the ceiling on one of our custom home projects in Toronto.

Soundproofing made easy: Get the right materials, products and professionals for the best proofing job

Sound is a powerful energy that can be a major nuisance to people. Be it sound from our homes or offices, or sound from the external sources, it can be a major headache if not handled appropriately. As such, there is a need to ensure that you find a good way to have the problem covered and handled for an improved, more silent living environment. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to soundproof a specific room, office or even your whole house. Soundproofing works by withholding excess decibels of sound from travelling into or out of a room. This lets you and others around you an easier time without excess sound or noise disturbance- ultimately lowering chances of calling the police on you.
When looking for the ultimate soundproofing experience for your home or office, then going for the best soundproofing option available is the best thing that you can do. Soundproof classes come in different levels and each stands on its own pedestal on how well it delays, absorbs or restricts noise transmission. STC- sound transmission class is the standard at which noise reduction levels are measured on. The higher the STC level- above 60- the lower the sound transmission in or out of a room, house or building .This means that for you to block the most amount of sound from travelling out or in to a room, you need a good and powerful soundproof solution that will hold off all the noise. QuietRock ES Type X
Soundproofing mostly relies on installing a soundproof drywall and adding layers of necessary soundproof material that will keep off vibration and sound waves. There are several options available in sound proofing and which range from; adding a new layer of drywall to the existing drywall effectively lowering sound transmission; adding a sound deadening soft, fibrous board on to the wall which essentially absorbs sound; the other option is adding mass loaded vinyl on your drywall, this is one of the most effective soundproofing options; adding green glue on to your wall and drywall, which boosts an effect known as damping, where sound vibration is converted into energy, effectively cutting noise transmission; and the last, most effective option available is where channel, green glue, resilient clips and drywall are all used to sound proof a room for the best soundproofing experience.
The latter option requires a professional installer to have it installed. This option calls for removing of your existing drywall and have another put in place. This option capitalizes on all four elements for effective soundproofing; that is absorption, mass, decoupling and damping. This option offers 61 and 66 STC and comes in two options of insulation. The 61 STC has two 5/8 inch layers of drywall and 7/8 inches of drywall furring channel held in place with 24” OC stud spacing and a whisper clip on one 5/8 inch drywall layer. The 66 STC soundproofing option has two 5/8 inch drywall layers plus 2 tubes of 4×8 sheet of green glue plus a 7/8 inch drywall furring channel at 24” on center spacing and a whisperclip on one 5/8 inch drywall layer.
With this soundproofing option you have the best sound elimination option installed in place for a working noise reduction solution. However, this option is the most labor intensive and requires experienced and well trained soundproofing experts to handle its installation. That is why when looking to have the ultimate soundproofing tasks done for you, take time and find a good soundproofing company in Toronto to handle the soundproof drywall task. It may seem rather costly, but the overall job will leave you to enjoy the best experience in sound quality and noise reduction.
Make sure that the company you go for will use to some of the best quality materials for the job. Quiet Rock is a soundproofing product manufacturing company that offers the best materials and products for the ultimate soundproof task. While the channel, green glue, resilient clips and drywall combination with last soundproofing option does wonders and offers insulation of up to 66 STC, you still can push this level up to 80+ STC with Quiet Rock soundproofing, high quality materials. QuietSeal
Quiet Rock has the best seals found as QuietSeal, green glue in the form of QuietGlue, studs, clips, furring strips and QuietPutty for improved sealing of penetrations and openings within your walls. These products used together, and installed by a professional, promise to raise the levels of soundproofing to over 80 STC. Quiet Rock soundproofing products are the best for noise insulation in many different areas- from home and office buildings to single production rooms for the ultimate sound absorption and improved sound quality.
QuietRock offers professional services for installation; however, if you have an external soundproofing company Toronto is handing the task, they can get installation instructions and product Datasheets from them for ease soundproofing. You can get QuietRock products directly to them via their online page or from soundproofing product vendors found all over the country. For the ultimate soundproof installation, get the best products in the market to handle the job.

New Project Started on Acton Avenue

We started a new Drywall Installation and Drywall Taping Project on Acton Avenue, Toronto on the 28th of January

Scope of work, simple: Installation of Drywall and Taping of New Drywall.

Here is the Project at the Start when we just delivered materials and are ready to start Drywalling :

Here is how drywall installation project started.

Here is the house with finished DRYWALL :

I will be posting a follow up with photos of the Taping Phase, please comment or ask any questions.

If you are looking for taping drywall contractors or interested in our Drywall Installation and Drywall Taping Services contact us HERE

Follow up: Residential Drywall Installation and Taping Project on Evelyn Avenue, Toronto

Here is the follow up of the ‘DEMOLITION’ project that we started at the end of January. Today, February 7th it is all set and ready for the final phase: taping of entire area

Scope of Completed Work:

2nd Floor:

Demolished all plaster from the walls,

Demolished the dropped ceiling in S/W bedroom

Demolished all doors, trims, casings, baseboards

Removed flooring in the bathroom

Installed new ½ inch regular drywall

Installed blue drywall in bathroom

Ready for TAPING

1st Floor:

Demolished plaster

Demolished all doors, trims, casings, baseboards

Demolished the non-structural wall in Easters addition space

Removed tub, sink and built-in cupboards

Removed flooring

Installed new ½ inch regular drywall

Ready for TAPING


Removed non-structural walls

Removed plaster on N/S partition wall

Installed new blue drywall on the external walls

Installed drywall on ceiling and around ducts

Ready for TAPING


Here are some photos of the site at the current phase of drywall installation completion and ready for final phase; Drywall Taping:

Please follow this blog so you are able to take a look at the finished results of our professional drywall taping team, soon to come. Feel free to ask any questions about the process of our job.


If you are looking to start your own project give us a call or email with some basic information; dates you would like to start, what type of job that needs to be done, location, ceiling heights, floor area, residential, commercial, custom work, best way to contact you, etc.

Follow UP: FINISHED Taping RESIDENTIAL Project on Humbervale Blvd

Here is a follow up of a drywall taping project that we started on January 16th for drywall installation and drywall taping.

The location of this site is on Humbervale Blvd. Toronto on the intersection of Bloor Street West and Royal York Road.
Drywall Taping RESIDENTIAL Project STARTED on Humbervale Blvd
We FINISHED Drywall Taping:

And we STARTED Painting the walls:

Here is the Scope of Work :

Upper Floor:
Installation of Drywall ceiling board on ceiling
Installation of  ½ inch regular drywall
North and South Side Wall: Installation of 5/8 inch x type drywall
Main Floor:

Installation of  ½ inch regular drywall (inside walls and ceiling)

North and South Wall: Installation of  5/8 inch x type drywall
Skim cote on the walls in dining and living rooms
Showers and Kitchens: Installation of dense shield drywall
Ceiling Installation of ½ inch regular drywall
Walls installation of ½ inch regular drywall
Dense shield for laundry room north wall
Basement Framing:  wall in the basement
Some Framing:
Dining Room Ceiling bulk head—4 sides with angled corners
Angled corner wall in the kitchen to conceal the drain pipes in the corner
Build out for future mounting of 3 ductless A/C unit
Shim the walls in living room and dining room
3 coats and sanded, ready for primer
One return visit for touch ups after primer is applied

For more information about our drywall installation and drywall taping services please contact us at 647 866 0201