HELPING CALGARY'S PROPERTIES REACH THEIR POTENTIAL
Do you have a blister on your drywall? They are bumps that protrude from the surface of a flat wall that are hollow underneath. Like a screw pop or crack, you may be tempted to repair your drywall blisters with a little bit of spackle and paint. Unfortunately unless drywall blisters are repaired correctly they will look worse than if you had done no repair.
Drywall blisters are caused by a couple of things, most commonly improper taping by a novice drywall finisher. Another common cause for drywall blisters is the paper face of the drywall separating from the gypsum core. This is a less common problem but can happen in a situation like removing a glued on bathroom mirror. The bond between the mirror glue and the paper is stronger than the bond between the paper and the gypsum core. When you peel the mirror off the wall, the drywall’s face paper comes with it.
Drywall blisters are a fairly common imperfection and we know how to fix them so they don’t come back!
The worst thing that can happen to drywall is water damage, period. If your drywall is wet from a leaking pipe or ceiling it is imperative you have it fixed immediately. Failing to do so will almost certainly result in mold. Not only does mold look and smell terrible, it can make you sick. Worst case scenario, mold caused by water damaged drywall can kill you or your loved ones.
Why does this happen though? Since drywall is made of compressed powder, it is extremely dry. Due to this, it soaks up any water that it comes into contact with like a sponge. In addition to this, it is porous and has many small air bubbles in the compressed powder layer. These small air bubbles trap water in the drywall where it feeds the mold.
If you have wet drywall, it needs to be removed as soon as possible as mold can start growing within hours. Failing to do so could result in a significantly more expensive repair due to mold remediation.
DINGS, DENTS AND PIN HOLES
Dings, dents and pin holes in drywall are pretty common problems. No matter how careful you are, they are inevitable. While they may be small enough to live with, if your are planning to sell your property it is a good idea to have these repaired.
There are two ways to repair drywall… the right way and the wrong way. We have all been inside homes or offices where it was obvious that a novice did the work. These novice repairs usually stick out like a sore thumb and make an otherwise nice room look terrible. Other times a repair might look good at first but soon starts to crack, peel or blister.
The truth is repairing drywall has a significant learning curve and doing high quality, seamless repairs is an art. Much like any other style of art, you’ll need a lot of hands on practice to get good at it. Due to this, repairing drywall is not a DIY job for most people.
If you are looking for a repair that blends in, contact us today. We are skilled drywall repair professionals and can make your walls look like they were never damaged!
Below are a few of the types of drywall repairs we can help you with:
Have you ever looked at a wall and noticed small circles of loose material ready to fall off? Maybe those small circles have fallen off and you can see screw or nail heads. You may have even tried filling these imperfections with spackle only to have them come back.
These drywall imperfections are called screw pops and they can happen for a number of reasons from improperly hung drywall to natural shifting or drying of the lumber the drywall is attached to. Regardless of the cause, drywall screw pops can ruin the look of an otherwise beautiful wall.
If you have drywall screw pops in your home or office and you’d like them fixed, we can help! We can repair your drywall screw pops so well you’ll never know they were there. You won’t have to worry about them coming back either!
If your home or office is over a year old, there is a good chance you have some cracks in your walls. Like drywall screw pops, drywall cracks may seem easy to repair with a little bit of spackle and paint. Also like drywall screw pops, if these imperfections aren’t repaired correctly they will keep coming back no matter how many times you try fixing them.
Drywall cracks can be caused by a number of things. First, they can be caused by your home or office settling. This is normal, all buildings settle over time and as long as the cracks in your drywall aren’t too wide, it is a simple cosmetic repair. That being said, wide open drywall cracks indicate your home or office may have structural issues that need immediate attention. If you are in doubt it is best to have them looked at by a professional.
Other causes of drywall cracks include improperly installed drywall, improperly taped drywall joints and external physical damage. Regardless of the cause, we have the solution for repairing your cracked drywall beautifully and permanently. Contact FT Property Services if you’d like your drywall cracks professionally repaired.
MATCHING DRYWALL TO LATH AND PLASTER
If you have a building built before 1950, there is a good chance you have lath and plaster walls. While lath and plaster was great in the time before drywall existed, it is obsolete in today’s world.
Lath and Plaster requires a significant amount of labour to install compared to drywall. In addition to this, it is also more prone to crack and even chip off the wall. Drywall was invented to replace this process and it revolutionized the home construction industry.
So what do you do if you have lath and plaster walls? Fortunately minor surface damage can be repaired without much issue. If you have significant damage (plaster chipping or peeling, large holes, or renovation damage) it is often more cost effective to replace the lath and plaster with drywall or simply just board over the lath and plaster with fresh drywall.
Installing lath and plaster is a dying art and there are less and less companies who offer this service. If you are fortunate enough to find a company that specializes in lath and plaster, chances are the cost of the repair will be 3 to 4 times more expensive than having fresh drywall installed. Do yourself a favor and get a quote for both!
Boarding drywall is the process of installing fresh drywall on the walls of your home or office. While it may seem like a simple task, there is a right way and many wrong ways to do it. Failing to properly board a wall with drywall will result in an inferior end product that will look bad and likely fail over time.
While many homeowners and do-it-yourselfers believe boarding drywall is an easy way to save money, unless you know what you are doing it will end up costing more in the long run. Do yourself a favor and have a professional handle your drywall boarding!
DRYWALL MUDDING AND TAPING
Mudding and Taping drywall is the process of finishing the freshly boarded wall. As drywall goes on in sheets, there are multiple seams that need to be filled and blended to provide a flat surface.
Like boarding drywall, there is a right way and many wrong ways to mud and tape drywall. Also like boarding drywall, failing to properly mud and tape drywall will result in an inferior end product that will look bad and likely fail over time.
It costs a lot more to have a professional repair a poorly done mud and taping job than it does to have them do the job right, the first time. If you aren’t experienced in drywall finishing I strongly suggest having the work done by a professional.
Since walls are a part of your home that are visible to anyone willing to look, it is important to have the best looking drywall repairs possible. Even if your home is well maintained, poorly repaired drywall will make it look like you cut corners on repairs. This will cast doubt on the quality of repairs that aren’t as easy to see.
If you are in need of drywall repairs and would like an end result that you can be proud of, contact us today. We will make your walls look like they were never damaged! We are skilled, licensed, insured and won’t make a mess of your home or office.
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Written By Steve Hyde | Updated December 7, 2020 | Calgary, Alberta
As you may already know, drywall is made of a layer of compressed gypsum powder sandwiched between two sheets of paper. While drywall is impressively strong considering it’s construction, it is still prone to significant damage from impacts. If you have ever opened a door with a little too much gusto and put the door knob through a wall, you know what I am talking about!
Or maybe you’ve had an electrician or plumber do some work for you and they’ve made Swiss cheese out of your walls and ceilings. You may wonder why they don’t bother repairing these holes! The answer is while they may be experts in their trade, repairing drywall is a trade unto itself and takes years to learn to do it correctly. Do yourself a favor and have us repair the holes they left you with!
Regardless of how big or small your drywall holes are, we can repair them so well that you won’t be able to tell they were ever there!
Have you ever looked at a wall and noticed what looks like speed bumps spaced every 8 feet? Or maybe there is a previous repair that sticks out like a sore thumb? Perhaps your whole wall ungulates so much you wonder if they were drunk when they built it!
These drywall bumps are caused by improper application of drywall compound (mud). Applying drywall compound (mudding) correctly is an art and it takes years to become proficient at. If you have bumps in your drywall, chances are your mudding was done by a novice. That being said, it’s not the end of the world - we can smooth out your drywall bumps and humps and leave you with a flat, smooth wall!