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What’s Involved in the Drywall Repair Process?



What's Involved in the Drywall Repair Process?

Drywall damage needs to be repaired to protect the structural integrity of the walls as well as help the home look fantastic. When there is any damage, it is a good idea to call in professionals to make sure the repair is done right. The exact repair done depends on the extent of the damage as well as the cause. From tiny nail holes to water damage throughout a room, there are some basic steps every professional will take to complete the repair. 

Inspection of the Wall

The wall will need to be inspected before the drywall repair begins. The inspection allows the professional to determine what type of repair would work best for the damage as well as make sure there isn’t any other damaged drywall that will need to be fixed. The inspection generally only takes a few minutes to complete and can include an estimate for the repair costs. 

Repair for Small Holes

Small holes can typically be filled in with drywall mud. Depending on how small the holes are, it may not be necessary to retexture the wall, just to paint to cover the repaired areas. Small holes are those made from nails or screws. Anything bigger will require a different type of repair. 

Repair for Medium-Sized Holes

If the hole is bigger, it may be too large for the drywall paste to stay in place long enough to dry. Holes made through bumping into the walls while moving a chair or through something falling and hitting the wall will require mesh tape to fix. Mesh tape is different from paper tape used when installing drywall. The mesh tape is placed over the hole, then the drywall paste is added. This holds the paste in place so it can dry and helps support the repair. 

Repair for Larger Damage

If the hole is larger than a standard piece of paper, it may require more extensive work to repair. The hole may need to be cut a little larger to create straight edges so a new square of drywall can be installed. If the damage extends over the majority of one sheet or more, it may be necessary to remove the drywall and replace it with new sheets. This may be the case when there is water damage or other significant damage to the drywall. 

Adding the Texture and Paint

If the original wall is textured, that will need to be added to the repaired area, except on the smallest of repairs. Once the texture is restored, the next step is to paint the wall so it matches the surrounding area. When this is done by professionals, it will be nearly impossible to tell where the damage was before the repairs were done. Everything will blend carefully to remove the appearance of all damage. 

If you have any damage to the walls in your home, whether it’s tiny holes or more significant damage, calling the professionals is the best way to have it fixed and make sure the job is done right. With years of experience, they’re able to make the damage completely disappear, so it looks as if the walls are brand new again. Call the pros today to get an estimate for the repairs and to see what a difference it can make to have the job done professionally.