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

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.

Toronto drywall taping expanded!

Toronto drywall taping team expanded!

“Choose to deliver amazing service to your customers. You’ll stand out because they don’t get it anywhere else”

Kevin Stirtz

Toronto drywall taping team expanded!

We’ve grown, and we got some talented new people on board who specialize in new home construction that are quick and efficient.  The new team DrywallTaping.ca is ready to explore this market and work on any size home new construction drywall projects thanks to additional equipment and personnel capacity. We will continue to deliver the same level of service, quality materials and highly experienced drywall installers and tapers that we have built our business and reputation on over the last decade.  No matter how big or small your project is, call 647-866-0201 or email info@drywalltaping.ca for a friendly quote or free onsite quotation.   Past project references available.

DrywallTaping.ca is very excited to be able to grow its Toronto talent set and expand as a #1 drywall company in the Toronto GTA. In this time of Thanksgiving, we thank all of our customers, suppliers, friends and supporters for your continued support and we look forward to continuing to exceed your drywall taping expectations well into the future.

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Types of Drywall. Part I. Moisture and Mold Resistant Drywall

You started your big project – house renovation, basement or addition building. You have already dived deeply into the world that until now seemed so far away and mysterious – the world of construction. You have started to easily operate such terms as drywall studs, blow insulation and corner beads. But still sometimes you feel your head is going to explode trying to digest and make sense of all this new info.

In this series of articles we will try to cover the basics of various drywall types, help you understand the difference between them and figure out which to use for your particular project. We will start with moisture and mold resistant varieties of this product.

What is Drywall?

First things first, let’s get an understanding of what drywall is. Drywall is a panel made of gypsum plaster sandwiched between two thick sheets of paper and used to finish interior wall and ceilings. Drywall also goes by such names as plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board.

 

There are different types of drywall with different characteristics and which type of drywall to use will mainly depend on your needs, requirements and area of application.

We have already touched up on sound proofing types of drywall in this article and will continue the conversation with moisture and mild resistant interior panels varieties.

Greenboard

Greenboard is drywall covered with water resistant paper, the paper is green in color and hence the name of the product. Greeboard is to be used in areas with damp and humid conditions like bathrooms and basements. Important thing here is not to confuse water resistant with water proof and keep in mind that Greenwood cannot be used for wet conditions like shower stalls, for example. Greenboard comes in two sizes – 1/2″ and 5/8″ and is slightly more expensive than regular drywall.

 

Blueboard

Blueboard is a plaster base board with blue coating made specifically to be finished with veneer plaster. It has high water and mold resistance. Its advantages are those that it is faster to finish walls with veneer plastering as there are less steps involved as opposed to traditional mudding and taping. Plastering however requires a very skilled professional to do it as veneer plaster sets much faster than regular compound and is less forgiving to flaws. Similarly to Greenboard it is used in areas of dampness, like bathrooms and laundry rooms. Pricewise it is a more expensive option than Greenboard

DensArmor Paperless Drywall

DensArmor is a brand name for a new mold and water resistant type of drywall. It is made without paper. Instead, gypsum panel is covered with a fiberglass mat. Since no paper is used, the mold will have nothing to feed on – that’s the idea behind this product. The core of this high-performance interior panel is moisture resistant, however DensArmor does not have water-stopping acrylic coating and similarly to Greenboard and Blueboard is not for wet application. The concern with DensArmor is the rougher surface of the panel as compared to regular drywall, therefore it requires skim coat of joint compound to achieve a smooth finish.

 

Also, since it is made of fiberglass, some precautions need to be taken when working with this material – wear long sleeves, pants that cover your legs, dust mask, gloves and goggles during installation and after finishing the work rinse off with cool water.

Hope this mini guide to different types of water and mold resistant drywall panels will help you get a better idea of what you need for your particular project.

Will continue this series with the articles on fire-rated panels and different thicknesses of drywall. Stay tuned.

In the meantime feel free to contact DryWallTaping.ca for a professional advice and estimate of your project.

DrywallTaping.ca In The Globe and Mail

 

Remember how we talked about specialty drywall trims, and specifically D-300 reveal trim? We mentioned that this type of drywall trim will instantly give a house a modern and elegant look and is favoured by those who want to shift from traditional design to something more cutting-edge.
We were excited to see that one of our projects where the D300 had been used got featured in The Globe and Mail. Check out this article to get inspired by a wonderfully executed house renovation project and to see how drywall reveal trim can seamlessly be blended into highly-elegant Japanese style design. More photos here:

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D-300 metal trim

 

This is a close up shop of the D-300 drywall metal trim. Here you can see how the baseboard was attached to the wall and door-jamb.

All about D-100 Drywall Corner Bead; D-200 Drywall Metal Trim; D-300 Drywall Reveal Trim

Recently DryWallTaping.ca completed a drywall installation project in downtown Toronto. What was unusual about this project is the type of drywall trim that we used. It is called D300 Drywall Trim and it is used to add a modern and unique touch to the interior design. This metal trim eliminates the need for baseboards creating reveals around the perimeter of the room and/or around windows and doors. This simple design approach at low investment and effort instantly gives your home a modern look.

D300 Drywall Trim is designed to provide crisp clean reveals around openings or at ceiling and floors. The holes and knurled surface provides an excellent ‘key’ for finishing with joint compound.
In the project mentioned above we installed the D300 molding around the entire perimeter of the walls creating 5” reveals from the floors. It definitely made an interesting interior expression with walls looking like they “float” inside the room.

With this Z-shaped pre-fabricated drywall construction you can intensify the “floating” effect by creating reveals at the top and bottom of your walls. This approach allows you to achieve an impression of an open plan and uninterrupted continuous line.

While traditional approach requires usage of base and crown moldings to hide imperfect transition from wall to ceiling and floor to wall, the D300 metal trim gives you a modern alternative that would serve the same goal but look much cleaner and less clustered.

If you favour modern aesthetics and would like to shift from traditional design, definitely consider using this fairly easy to construct type of drywall trim.

This is how this speciality metal trim looks in action

Since we already started talking about different types of drywall trims, it is worthwhile to mention the D-100 drywall corner bead and D-200 metal trims. The D-100 corner bead is used for corners to reinforce and provide excellent protection.

The D-200 drywall metal trim provides a neat finish and solid protection to gypsum wallboard at window and doorjambs where wood trim is omitted.
Drywall metal trim
The usage of both types of trims is characteristic to any quality drywall installation and ensures neat, sturdy and reliable base for further design elements.

DryWallTaping.ca’s portfolio features a couple of projects where the usage of D300 drywall trim was required over which we gained experience and expertise dealing with this type of material.

If you consider installing your interior walls with modern aesthetics in mind, give us a call for more information and customized solutions.

Drywall Installation and Taping prices in Toronto

Pricing for Drywall Installation Taping  Mudding and sending include materials  in GTA is pretty standard and varies only by cents.

Quotes for boarding and taping can differ from case to case. Here is what the quote will look like for a standard house like below:

The total square footage of this sample house equals 4360 Sq.Ft. That’s the main parameter used in calculating the cost of drywall boarding and taping.

How to calculate approximate cost of drywall boarding and taping?

The prices are calculated by taking the total floor area of 4360 Sq.Ft. and multiplying it by 4 to get the approximate total boarding area.

If a custom trim like D200, D300, D400, D4411  Channel Trim or D800 is requested then each project is priced individually and the total will depend on the amount of the custom trim used and the time required to install it.

Please fill free to call us with any questions you might have.

John T. Galaman   647-866-0201

john@drywalltaping.ca

 

How to choose the right drywall contractor.

 

 

Find reviews
Call them up
Bring them home
Ask as many questions as you can
Compare prices and time-frames
Choose the best based on knowledge, reviews and price
Framing electrical and plumbing are done. Insulation is done. You passed all the inspections and now it is time to make your home look beautiful. Now it is time for most important visual part – finishing.
Choosing the right drywall and taping contractor is crucial for finishing part of the renovation. Choose wisely and screws will not pop-up through the expensive paint, drywall joints will not crack and avoid plenty of other disastrous things.

The best way to start is to look online at Home Stars or Handy Canadian for companies with decent reviews. Next is to call them up and talk. While at this evaluate the courtesy and time of response. The chances are that if they answer their phones or get back to you promptly, they will do the job the same way.

After you choose three companies and invited them to see the job ask their reps as many questions as you can and evaluate how knowledgeable they are. Ask them to submit written quotes and evaluate the time frames and prices.

If you chosen professionals companies, prices shouldn’t vary much, and now it’s just a matter of your personal preference and their promised time of delivery to choose your drywall taping contractor.

Good luck!