We know what you’re wondering. Is Superior Roofing a drywall company? Absolutely. One of the top drywall companies in California. Yes, roofing is one of our specialties but we have indulged in many drywall installs for residential and commercial buildings.
In this section of our website, we are hoping to touch on some subjects that you may be curious about. We get a lot of questions regarding drywall repairs and drywall installation so this piece is inspired by frequently asked questions we get on a regular basis.
Let’s first start off by saying Superior Roofing has been tackling drywall projects for over a decade and has laid several thousands of square feet. Our dedicated department of drywall professionals is skilled and experienced in every aspect of drywall installation.
Knowledge and familiarity of the drywall process are what our installers bring to the table. Whether it’s your home that needs drywall service or a newly built commercial building. Safe and efficient work at a reasonable price is our aim.
Can’t I install drywall myself?
Many people have heard that drywall is not complicated and they can go at this on their own. They are absolutely correct but let us tell you from experience if you want your walls to look normal and without lumps all in them you might want to call on a person that is skilled in this area.
Yes, you will probably have no troubles repairing a small area of drywall but when it comes to larger projects, hiring the right drywall company is the key to success.
That being said we have created a guide a basic guide for you to check out that briefly explains our process and how we go about drywall jobs.
What to look for in a good drywall company.
Not to brag too much but if you head over to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) you will see our A+ rating. What we suggest is when you’re looking to hire a drywall company is to do your research and check references like the BBB. This will give you a better understanding of the drywall companies reputation.
Furthermore, you may want to talk to past contractors the drywall company has done work for in the past. This will give you a better idea of how dependable they are. You can also tell how experienced a drywall contractor is if they can assess the job that same day.
Superior Roofing has become master’s at this portion from the hundreds of quotes and consultations we have completed. It’s like anything else, the more you do it the better and more efficient you get at it.
Good communication is key at this point in time. You always want to reiterate the bid your contractor gave in case they have a sudden loss of memory. The one thing we suggest when looking for drywall companies is do not get tunnel vision and solely concentrate on getting the lowest bids. Like we said earlier you want someone that is going to get the job done properly.
The last thing you want to do is hire someone for cheap and have to hire another company because they made too many mistakes. Unfortunately, we have seen this scenario far too many times in our days.
Along with a fair assessment of your project, you will want to make sure the contractor is licensed and insured just in case something goes sideways and there happens to be an accident. This protects both customer and the drywall contractor.
Our Drywall Installation Process
Now that we got the hiring part out of the way it’s actually time to start the work. We will be going over the following so you comprehend the basic process of a drywall project.
- Proper tools that are utilized
- A basic step by step process guide.
Probably the most overlooked step when amateurs begin to hang drywall. People get so caught up in the actual work they forget to be safe while doing it. Well, that is not how Superior Roofing operates.
Before we start any job our crews will be having a safety meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page. Now, what this includes a daily strategy of work that will be performed and potential hazards to look out for. All of our workers are trained to work at a pace that is safe for everyone around the job.
Cutting corners and being lazy about safety is against our policies altogether.
Time to start hanging drywall
The initial steps to a drywall project are essential for success but finally, we are ready to begin the hanging of your new drywall. This will usually be a two man job depending on the experience and skill level of our workers, but they will usually start in a specific corner and work their way down the line.
It is crucial that the hangers do not leave big gaps in between the drywall. This will make the taping job a lot more difficult than it already is. These are the areas we will be most likely be hanging drywall:
- Around windows and doors
Workers will be making sure all pieces of drywall are measured correctly and fastened properly. Also cutting around any light fixtures of electrical outlets. This is where the experience, skills, and proper tools come into play. Amateurs may have a difficult time on this part.
Drywall Corner Bead
After the hanging is complete we will now begin to install corner bead onto the drywall. This ensures your edges and corners are nice and smooth. No one wants lumpy or disfigured walls in the property.
There are two types of corner bead to choose from and one is plastic or PVC and the other is made of thin metal. We prefer the metal because of the durability and more workable. The key here is to cover the entire corner of the drywall with only one piece of corner bead. You do not want to overlap corner bead and have it sticking out. This may cause an undesirable look.
Immediately following the application of the corner need we will be fastening it with 1 ½ inch screws that will go all the way through the drywall for suitable attachment.
Taping the drywall
Taping is the first step of the finishing phase. This will definitely take skill and patience. Not everyone’s favorite activity when installing drywall. The tape is made up of either paper or fiberglass. Our recommendation is that you go with fiberglass due to the durability it offers.
Laborers will then commence to taping all corners and joints followed with compound mud to keep the tape in place. This is an important part to get right. Again, we do not want to see lumps in the walls.
Drywall compound application and sanding
Okay almost there. We have almost everything in place but the mud. Workers will mix the mud for a consistency that they prefer and that will spread properly over the tape.
Now for the purposes of this piece, we are keeping it short and sweet. The finish is usually 2 to 3 coats and then a finishing topping compound will be added for the final coat. This is a fine-grained mud that we will be sanding down to a smooth finish.
Our goal here is to completely sand out the other coats and make certain we do not have any bumps in the drywall.
We will then go through a rigorous process of sanding out any spurs, ridges, or creases that still may be in the finish. After we are satisfied with the final sanding we will pack it up and head out. Your drywall is complete.
Summarizing it all up
All things considered, this is a very basic guide to how a drywall project is done. Of course there a lot more factors and obstacles we have to go through to install your drywall but we hope you now have a better understanding of our process and what goes into it.
A lot of hard work and man hours will be put into these drywall jobs. Especially if we have a lot of square feet to cover. A professional drywall project is essential for a beautiful interior of your home or commercial building. Make sure you hire a professional that can handle the assignment financially and with efficiency.
You can always give us a call if you have questions and want to learn more.