Installing and/or taping drywall is a skill many individuals lack. The problem with tackling this job on your own is the imperfections may not be seen immediately. A homeowner may do the work, paint the room, and carry out other decorating tasks only to learn there is a problem with the drywall itself or the tape job. This labor-intensive job is best left to the professionals, and homeowners should keep this in mind always.
There are two distinct parts of a drywall job. First is the installation of the sheetrock. This requires knowledge of cutting and shaping the panels, putting them into place, and fastening them. Once this has been done, the seams need to be taped and both the screw heads and seams need sealing with drywall compound. The drywall compound requires coating and sanding once dry to make certain the wall is smooth and the sheets of drywall flow together seamlessly. When choosing someone to take on this task, certain steps need to be taken.
The Skill of the Drywall Professional
The skill of the professional is of great importance for several reasons. First and foremost, a bowed or warped sheet will affect the finished job. The professional knows how to correct this issue. The same holds true when ceiling joists aren’t even, resulting in valleys and crowns. The drywall may use shims or a laser level to compensate for these issues.
Finding the Right Professionals
Where does one turn when they need a drywall professional? A good place to start is with home builders and home improvement stores. They work with these professionals daily and know who to use and who to avoid. They typically share this information willingly. In the event, these sources cannot be of help, turn to the internet and read reviews of different professionals or ask friends and family. Furthermore, there are sites such as TrustedPros that can help to narrow the available choices. The key is to meet with several drywall contractors to find the right individual for the job. What should be asked when meeting with a contractor?
Questions to Be Asked
Ask questions regarding the history of the company, such as how long the business has been in operation. Request information on the contractor’s license and insurance, and always follow up to make certain the information provided is correct and valid. Learn if the contractor will be doing the work or if he or she makes use of subcontractors. What is included in the price and what other fees may be required? This is one question many homeowners neglect to ask and they are then surprised when additional fees are tacked on when the job is complete. Finally, ask for references and a written estimate from each contractor under consideration.
Finally, choose a contractor you feel comfortable with. They will be working in your home or office, so you don’t need someone who makes you uneasy for any reason. If you take these steps, you’ll find you get a contractor that does a great job and provides the results you expected when you began this project.
B and Z Custom Finishing pays meticulous attention to all of the details, from accurately estimating the job and helping you decide what color and finish you like. Get a quote on your next painting, drywall, and/or cabinet project by reaching out online or calling (608) 770-3847.