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 Toronto

Continuing our topic of soundproofing started with this post here, we would like now to talk about the project we finished a couple of weeks ago.

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We were renovating a townhouse built back in the 70’s for new owners. What we faced there was something quite common for Toronto old houses built using plaster. As we know although being a great material with pretty good sound and thermal insulating properties, it tends to age with unsightly cracks and crumbles. And once it starts to crack the problem becomes literally interminable – door slammed, heavy truck passed by – all results in more cracks. Thus repairing and patching these walls makes no sense and removing the existing plaster and replacing it with new is a very pricey option accompanied by the difficulty of finding a right contractor willing to do the job. Having said that, what are the options that house owners not willing to compromise on sound insulation have when deciding to embark on the renovating project?

 

You can definitely build a layer of drywall over the plaster. This way you keep the benefits of the plaster and get nice smooth walls. It’s a good option if you have some extra space you can sacrifice by loosing couple of inches to drywall. Also building drywall over plaster changes the relief between the wall and the window and door trim, and skirting boards. This will result in an unattractive change in proportion.

Another difficulty is when you have a stairwell adjacent to your neighbors’ wall. In this case you cannot afford to lose any of the stairwell’s width to an extra layer of drywall as you cannot make your stairs narrower than 36″ required by the construction code. Simple and logical replacement of the old plaster with regular drywall is not a solution either as in this case you will be losing all of the so much needed sound proofing.

That was exactly the case we had with our recent project when we were required to remove the old plaster from the stairwell wall and build the wall with excellent sound insulating properties instead as the owners were concerned about the noise coming from 4 guys in their 20’s living next door. Therefore they asked us for the maximum noise reduction. What did we do?

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QuietRock and Green Glue

For this project we decided to go the tried and tested route – remove the plaster and then install one layer of QuietRock. QuietRock is a sound damped panel that offers outstanding sound proofing and sound reduction performance. We have used this product in a number of projects and got very encouraging results. We especially recommend it in the instances when the space and time are very sensitive factors.

We used QuietRock ES type X – an easy to install 5/8″ panel with acoustic rating of up to STC 55 and one hour fire rating – it ideally fitted our requirements.

Significant sound reduction cannot be achieved by using only one product, it is always a combination of methods that provides positive results. Therefore we decided to back up the QuietRock with Green Glue – high performance damping compound.

Normally we would also suggest decoupling the wall to stop the noise from traveling but this time it was impossible to do because our owners’ and neighbours’ staircases shared the same wall. To compensate for that we used two layers of Green Glue (2 tubes per 4’x8′ sheet) instead of regular one layer.

This approach allowed us to keep the staircase space and save on labour and time. The result we got in the end was not only comparable to the sound reducing capabilities of the plaster but even excedeed it.

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If you are in the process of building, remodeling or renovating your house and consider increasing its value by something the price tag cannot put on – Quiet – contact us today for a quote and sound proofing solutions.

 

Commercial Seamless Drywall Installation

Commercial drywall usually is installed vertically standing, it’s easier to install and tape drywall seams after.

But on our recent drywall taping project on a 5000 sq. ft. condo on Wellington Street for Strathcona Construction we encounter different technic and at first were surprised with GC decision to install it two-sheets horizontally on walls plus cutting one of the sheets into two pieces.

After interesting debate we can see the point of the architect. Because the client is really concerned with the quality of finish he doesn’t mind spending more on getting a seamless wall. It is a visual trick that anybody can use on their own home’s project.

You cut one piece of drywall to make it 30’’ or so wide and install along the wall bottom. Than on top of it on the wall you install a solid regular 48’’ sheet and on top you put the rest of your bottom cut piece.

This way on a regular human body height on a long wall (and walls are really long at that condo) if you are using 12’ drywall you can see very few vertical seams, which makes the wall visually seamless.

Very smart decision and nice thinking about customer satisfaction.

Drywall Installation Pricing

If the area of your BASEMENT is 700-1,200 sq. ft. you would need a budget of about $4,700 – $12,650. The package would include installation of 1/2” ceiling board, installation of 1/2” regular drywall on walls and bulkheads, installation of 1/2” water resistant drywall in the bathroom, installation of 1/2” densshield in bathroom tiled areas, installation of metal corner bids, taping and sending of new drywall, smooth ceiling, ready for primer. Labour materials and delivery included.

 

If the area of your HOUSE is 1,200-3,500 sq.ft. you would need a budget of about $6,800 – $36,200 The package would include installation of 1/2” ceiling board, installation of 1/2” regular drywall on walls and bulkheads, installation of 1/2” water resistant drywall in the bathrooms, installation of 1/2” densshield in bathrooms tiled areas, installation of metal corner bids, taping and sending of new drywall, smooth ceiling, ready for primer. Labour materials and delivery included.

 

How we price the drywall installation?
There are several methods we use when we have to price the drywall job. Preliminary quote on drywall boarding can be issued over a telephone based on the square footage of the area that needs drywall installation.
As drywall contractors we need to know the total area of drywall board for the rough quote. We usually ask over the phone total floor area and clarify if the area is an open concept or divided on section/rooms. Than we ask about ceiling height. The formula for open concept area on drywall installation total square footage is floor area square footage multiplied by 3.5 , for the area with rooms: floor area sq footage multiplied by 4.
For example, if we required to install drywall in the house that has 5000 sq foot of the floor area with 8’ ceiling height and open concept, than amount of the drywall board that we will have to install will be roughly 5000×3.5=17500 sq ft.
Than we multiply the total square footage of the drywall board by the price per square foot.
Of course it works the best if the drywalled area doesn’t have custom features like multiple custom shaped skylights, cathedral ceilings in rooms and unusually shaped entrances, amount of corner beads also play role in the drywall installation pricing. In the case of custom situation it will be the best to arrange for a visit of our certified professional drywall estimator to get more accurate quote.
To find out more you can always contact or call us at 647 866 0201 and we will be happy to help you with your drywall installation price .

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.

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Follow Up: FINISHED Drywall Taping COMMERCIAL Project in Roncesvalles Village

Today our team of drywalling contractors completed the following work at the Roncesvalles Village Project

2nd Floor:
·      Taping of new drywall (washroom and kitchen area)
·      Hallway and Staircase from second floor to first floor —skim cote on plaster
1st Floor:
·      Installation of corner bids
·      Skim cote on the walls
·      Taping of new drywall on ceiling
·      Skim cote of plaster on ceiling
Basement:
·      Taping of all new drywall (walls and ceiling)
·      Removal of construction debris in garbage bin:

COMPLETED:

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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

Basement

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
Basement:
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
Taping:
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

 

Residential Drywall Installation and Taping Project STARTED on Evelyn Avenue, Toronto

On the third week of January, we began a new Drywall Installation and Drywall Taping Project.The residential site is located on Evelyn Avenue, Toronto.

Here is the Scope of Work:

  • Purchase and delivery of materials
  • Garbage Bin

2ND FLOOR

  • Demolition of plaster from all wall surfaces
  • Demolition of dropped ceiling in South-West bedroom
  • Demolition of doors, trims, casings, baseboards
  • Removal of finish flooring in bathroom—all other flooring remains
  • Installation of new 1/2 inch regular drywall, blue drywall in bathroom
  • Add drywall over existing plaster ceilings in all rooms
  • Taping, mudding and sanding of entire area

1ST FLOOR

  • Demolition of plaster from entire area including ceilings and walls
  • No removal of any structural walls
  • Demolition of doors, trim, casings, baseboards
  • Demolition of non-structural walls in Easters addition space ONLY and removal of tub, sink, built-in cupboards
  •     Removal of the finish flooring
  •      Move kitchen cupboards and appliances to basemen
  •     Installation of new 1/2 inch regular drywall on all areas
  •     Taping, mudding and sanding of new drywall

BASEMENT

  • Removal of existing non-structural partition walls, and built in shelvin
  • Remove plaster on existing North-South partition wall east of furnace
  • Installation of new, blue drywall on external basement walls over new insulation
  • Installation of drywall on ceiling and around ducts
  • Taping, mudding and sanding of entire area
  • Disposal of construction debris
  • No carpentry included

DEMOLITION began on the third week of January and is now COMPLETE, take a look at the images of the site before and after demotion:

We started the drywall installation and will be updating this post with more images of drywall installation process.

Please feel free to comment or ask any questions in regards to this project. If you are interested in our drywall installation or drywall taping services please contact us here.