Drywall is a boon to architects and contractors. Compared to any alternative surface it is inexpensive, easy-to-install, easy to hang, and easy to finish. It’s also a boon for the homeowner or tenant since it is also easy to drill into and paint. This explains why it is the most common interior surfacing material in U.S homes.
Still, it has its drawbacks, and chief among them is that it is pretty easy to damage it, making for holes, cracks, dents and all sorts of unseemly faults appearing under even very minor impact. After all, Drywall is a pretty brille material. It is meant to be – that’s what makes it easy to rapidly cut and fit it during installation. In fact, the surfaces of most walls and ceilings are only half an inch thick, and drywall is usually faced with paper, which is even more fragile than the underlying material. The good news is that most such faults can be repaired without too much trouble.
The better news is that Patch Wall Pro’s experts are available to patch up your drywall. Still, happy as we are to be in service, we would be even happier if you didn’t need our services to begin with. So our best drywall damage avoidance advice is – pad your doorknob. Really, doorknobs swinging into the wall are the #1 reason we are called
in. While you can’t really prevent this (especially if you have little ones in the house),
you can at least lower the incidence.
Once you do call us in, if what we are dealing with is a small dent, then our job is
easy. We simply patch it out with a handy application of drywall compound (“mud”)
through a paper joint tape. It takes some drying, sanding, priming and painting but
this is a small and relatively inexpensive operation – which is why it makes sense to
call us sooner rather than later.
If you wait until the fault expands (say, more than an inch or two in diameter), then
we’ve got ourselves a horse of an entirely different color to deal with, one that will
require more support than just “mudding”. A more rigid material is called for.
What we do then is cut a patch drywall patch and secure it in place with wood
backing and screws. Then, after the patch is fully secured, we tape and “mud” over the
seams. Done right (and we do it right) you get a sturdy repair that is just as strong as
the rest of the wall’s surface – and it won’t be visible, either.