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There are many benefits to hiring a drywall contractor. Even the most avid DIYers will recognize that some things are better left to a professional.
A few reasons to consider hiring a professional drywall contractor are:
Some tools are specialized for drywall. To the untrained eye, there may be little difference between a drywall saw and the multipurpose saw you already have on hand. However, the difference may become apparent if you attempt to do the job yourself without the right tools.
If you do purchase the right tools, it’s a big investment. Once you figure in the other materials needed for the project, the savings you gain by doing it yourself can be much smaller than expected.
When it comes to drywall, there’s a huge difference between being able to do it, and being able to do it well. Unfortunately, the difference will be readily visible to anyone passing through your home as well.
Drywall contractors spend years learning their craft. They are able to create a smooth and seamless look that you won’t be able to accomplish, no matter how many Youtube tutorials you’ve seen. There’s no substitute for hands on training, and learning from the mistakes you’ve made on your wall isn’t ideal.
There are also potential problems down the road if drywall is hung incorrectly. It can weaken your entire wall in addition to requiring repairs at a later date. Drywall should be an investment in your home, and a poor job will easily decrease it’s value instead of increase it.
If you’ve ever taken on a major renovation project, you know the stress it involves. If you haven’t spend an afternoon watching The Money Pit, before you pick up a hammer. The stress of the job itself, making all the decisions, and being responsible for any problems or lackluster results can take a toll on the entire family.
Home projects tend to last much longer than expected when you are doing it yourself. What you ambitiously declared would be done in a weekend can easily take a month, and no one in your home will be happy about it.
While you will pay a drywall contractor handsomely for their time, you should also consider what your own time is worth. If you are busy, hiring someone else to do the job is smart and economical. You should also keep in mind that contractors will be much more efficient than you are. This means that the time the project takes will be much less.
Drywall is great when it works well. It’s convenient, versatile, and relatively inexpensive. However, it’s quite costly when it goes wrong. When you consider how many ways it can go wrong, it’s easy to see how hiring a drywall contractor makes sense.
First, not all drywall is created equal. The quality of the drywall is important, particularly in the long term. Drywall from China during 2001-2009 has been linked to health issues, strange smells, and appliance malfunction. A professional understands how to choose quality drywall and where to purchase it.
Other common issues include nails coming out, cracked joints, and split tape. These can be avoided with proper installation, and can require time and expense to repair.
When drywall gets wet, it easily grows mold, which is also a health concern. Care during installation and proper sealing are important.
Most contractors will guarantee their work for one year. This refers to any problems related to the workmanship, not defects in the drywall itself. It also doesn’t cover incidents in the home that cause damage beyond normal wear and tear.
If someone puts a hole in the drywall, don’t expect a contractor to come to repair it for free. If there are ripples in the drywall or protruding screws due to improper installation, you can expect the contractor to repair or redo the work free of charge.
Hiring a professional drywall contractor will only be beneficial if they are good at their job. If you are after amateur results, you can achieve them on your own.
A few questions you should ask before hiring a drywall contractor are:
The first thing the drywall contractor will do is speak with you about your home and the project. Next, they will likely take some initial measurements, give you an estimate, and a timeline. Before any construction begins, they will take extensive measurements. They will then add any framing that’s needed, hang the drywall, and finish it.
You can expect a drywall contractor to keep you updated on the project and do a proper clean up. One room can typically be hung in a day. However, a layer of mud must be applied. After the mud dries, they will place tape over it, followed by one to two more coats of mud.
If the project takes several days, you can expect the drywall contractor to clean up as much as possible before leaving for the day. Once the project is finished, they should do a thorough clean up.
Drywall contractors begin as drywall hangers. The traditional approach to becoming a drywall contractor is to begin working as a hanger. No previous knowledge or experience is required. The hanger will begin doing the grunt work of carrying the drywall and cleaning up.
Over time, they learn the process of hanging drywall through hands-on experience and watching those they work with. It takes at least a year to learn the basics of hanging drywall.
Drywall contractors are those that have their own business hanging drywall. They generally bid on projects and oversee drywall hangers. They may work on projects themselves as well. They are experienced enough to advise the hangers and troubleshoot potential problems.
Today, there are classes that provide drywall instruction. These courses often include instruction in painting as well, because they often go hand in hand. However, nothing replaces real-world hands-on experience. There are also apprenticeship programs. These combine on the job training with classroom instruction, for a more in depth training experience.