Drywall Services Toronto

Drywall Services Toronto

Drywall Services Toronto

Once drywall has been installed and finished, it should last for a long time with little maintenance involved except for an occasional painting or washing. If any patching is required, usually fiberglass tape and spackle will take care of the repair. Usually, drywallers blend any patches with the existing wall by spackling about 10 inches outside a hole, then feathering the edges. That’s where the artistry of drywall comes into play.

Currently, most interior walls in the U.S. are constructed with 4” to 6” studs that are covered with sheetrock. The seams of the sheetrock or gypsum board are taped and finished with a joint compound and the ceiling and wall may be texturized with a joint compound using one of various techniques. All drywall is ultimately finished with an application of primer and paint.

The basic rule about drywall thicknesses is that an interior wall should use drywall that is ½” thick. However, in some states, drywall installers have to use drywall that is three-fourths inches thick, particularly if it is used between an attached garage and the home – installed as such to meet the fire rating requirements. Drywall installers and experts often recommend 5/8” boards for ceiling installation designs.

Drywall Contractor Toronto

Drywall Contractor Toronto

The “all-purpose” mud or spackle that is normally used is a heavy-weight substance when compared to the thinner “topping” drywall. The topping is used for final finishings or for seam or screw hole drywalling. Regardless of the type of spackle used, it usually needs a bit of thinning with water.

Drywall taping and sanding requires the use of a fiberglass tape that is normally self-adhesive, which can be thin or thick. However, some traditionalists in the drywall trade still rely on paper tape for manual taping. For drywall installers who are more innovative, a machine can be used that applies both tape and mud at the same time. Regardless of the method employed, a drywall installation or drywall taping and sanding takes perseverance along with patience and skill.

Drywall installers Drywall Services Toronto use one of various broad knives for finishing purposes. Joint or taping knives are available in 6” sizes for spackling over screw holes, a 10” size for coating corners and seams and a 12” width for applying a final coat. Drywallers insist that the key to finishing any panel with perfection is to make sure the knife stays flexible.

In order to understand how drywall is installed, you need to look at the basic structure of the wall. A bottom plate (about 2” x 4” or 2” x 6”) runs along the bottom part of the wall and a top plate of the same size runs across the top of the wall. If the house that is being drywalled was constructed in the past 30 years, it is likely that the studs are spaced 16” from the center of each stud to the next. Studs, in older homes, can be as much as 2 feet apart.

All the above details are common knowledge to experienced drywall installers. If your business or residence is in need of drywall installation and repair, drywall taping and sanding, or plastering and soundproofing services, contact our drywall company at 6478660201. We are a drywall contractor Toronto based firm that understands all the ins and outs of the drywall trade. Visit our company site online as well at drywalltaping.ca  Drywall Contractor Toronto for further details and information.

Drywall Contractor Toronto

Drywall Contractor Toronto

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.

Speaking of quality, check out the speed the taping job is done by our drywall taping team member.

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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.