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Do you have damaged sheetrock? Sheetrock is a very sturdy building material, but it is not immune from damage. Everyday wear and tear can result in dings, dents, and even broken spots in your sheetrock. More serious damage, such as water damage or physical destruction can mean holes and gaping spots in your sheetrock. Whether you are planning a whole renovation and need drywall repair as a first step or are simply looking to restore the look of your home or business, sheetrock repair is an essential initial step. So, let Van Go handle your repairs.

Drywall vs. Sheetrock

You may have heard people use the terms drywall and sheetrock to describe interior walls and wondered if they are the same thing. The answer is pretty straight forward.

Drywall is a flat panel of gypsum plaster that is placed between two sheets of thick paper. The result is a panel that gives a flat appearance to walls. Sheetrock is just a specific brand of drywall.

Repairing Drywall

Because drywall is a panel of plaster surrounded by paper, it is easier to damage than if it was solid. While walls are sturdy, once you break through the paper, you can crumble the gypsum. It does not take excessive force to break drywall. Slamming open a door, driving nails into the walls, or simply repeatedly bumping the same area can all take their toll over time.

How you fix the damage depends on how extensive that damage is. In some instances, you can simply patch the area. You can smooth patching compound over a small hole, let it dry, and then sand it before painting. That is a normal part of painting prep and could take just a few minutes in a room without any serious damage.

On the other hand, if you have a larger damaged area, you cannot just apply a patch. Instead, you have to replace the supporting structure that keeps that gypsum plaster in place. The size and shape of the hole help dictate whether it is better to use a patch or to cut out the damaged area and replace with new drywall.

Taping and Floating

If your job requires replacing a piece of drywall, then it is going to mean taping and floating. That refers to using paper tape to connect pieces of drywall, then putting a special material over the tape to blend the two surfaces together. Taping and floating is not particularly difficult, but you must pay meticulous attention to detail to make the finished product appear seamless.

Let Van Go Help

Drywall repairs are often daunting to even experienced DIY people. Let us help you. We offer affordable pricing and fast, friendly service. Contact us to find out more.

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