Drywall is a building material made up of gypsum set within thick paper sheets. Most contractors use the terms drywall and sheetrock interchangeably. While drywall is a flat panel, sheetrock is the brand name for drywall sheets.
Sheetrock is used in modern houses these days to build interior walls and ceilings as these sheets are durable and relatively lighter in weight, which makes them easy to carry. It is a plasterboard that requires maintenance if you’re living in the same house for long enough.
Exuberant children and pets, plumbing leakages, and home accidents are the main causes of drywall damage. Using nails for hanging pictures, curtains and towel holders also leave behind holes. In this article, we have listed some ways to repair common types of sheetrock damage.
Sheetrock Damage: How To Repair
Cracks, holes, and dents are the major types of damage that can occur to the drywall. Sheetrock repair can be managed by either hiring a drywall repairer or repairing yourself. Hiring a repairer is the most efficient and time-saving method, while a DIY option is a less expensive method to repair your wall.
Before painting your house, you must repair the unseemly cracks and gaps appearing on the walls. Using repair spray is the most simple and effective DIY method to fix the cracks on your wall. However, it is a temporary solution for the walls. You can apply caulk on the cracks for a durable repair solution.
To repair holes, we recommend using spackle and joint compound to provide a seamless look. Spackle is a paste composed of gypsum and other additives, used for smaller holes and cracks. For bigger or several holes, you can use a joint compound to fill and smoothen the gaps in your wall.
However, repairing holes on your own can lead to worsening the damage as it requires trained professionals to provide an even and clean look.
Shifting heavy furniture or the activities of children and pets can damage the walls in a way that buyers may not be attracted to a home and you could lose a potential deal. To repair dents, you can start with a sanding sponge to segregate the dented area. Then use a putty knife to even the surface and sand it to smooth.
The joints between the drywall sheets are covered behind the paper drywall tape. Peeling up of the tape joining the drywalls is a common issue that one faces, especially in bathrooms. You can simply cut down the loose tape and replace it with a new tape.
Water damages the ceilings in such a way that ugly-looking stains become visible. To repair the saggy texture caused due to the water, use the sanding sponge or pad to remove the saggy texture and smooth out the surface. Now, use nails or screws to fasten the drywall and joist together. Use restoration primer to prevent the stains from reappearing.
Repairing the sheetrock damages yourself could be a time consuming and risky task as you might end up worsening the damage. Hiring trained professionals will save you a lot of time, while can work more efficiently and smoothen the damages as it was not existing.