Drywall Finishing

After putting up drywall, you should link all the pieces to form one strong wall. This prepares the surface for priming and painting. Seams of butt joints with beveled edges require a strip of paper reinforcing tape and three coats of joint substance in order to remain strong. Each coat ought to be slightly larger than the previous coat. This process prepares the drywall surface for texturing.

The cost to hang and tape drywall depends on the quantity of drywall to be hung, the thickness and quality of the drywall, the difficulty of the task and your geographic place (this matters a lot).  

There are 6 surface levels for drywall surface areas, utilized for walls, ceilings, or other drywall construction, that are defined by the major drywall building and construction, painting, and manufacturing trade associations. The levels are numbered from 0 to 5. These levels specify, in detail, precisely what a specific level of surface means and need to be so that there is no vagueness in the significance of a finish. 

Level 0 implies that no completing of any type has been done. The drywall is only fastened to the walls or ceiling. This level implies that your drywall joint tape has actually been embedded in joint substance, and absolutely nothing more. 

In Level 1, the surface area is left without excess joint compound. Ridges and tool marks are appropriate for a Level 1 surface. This level is typically specified in the plenum location above ceilings, in attics, or in-service passages. In garages, storage facility storage areas and other similar locations where the final surface appearance is not of issue, a Level 2 surface is the recommendation. 

In Level 2, ridges and tool marks are appropriate. Additionally, Level 2 now consists of the following sentence: “Joint compound used over the body of the tape at the time of tape embedment shall be considered a separate coat of joint substance and shall satisfy the conditions of this level.” 

All joints and interior angles shall have tape embedded in joint substance and cleaned with a joint knife leaving a thin finish of joint compound over all joints and interior angles”. This modification is to additional distinguishing characteristics for Level 2 from Level 1.  

In Level 3, you have an extra coat of compound over the embedded tape at the drywall joints and angles. This is typically used in areas where there will be heavy wall coverings or at least a medium texture. It isn’t used for smooth (flat or gently textured) painted surface areas or areas that will use light to medium weight wall coverings. 

Level 4 has actually been modified to check out, “All joints and interior angles have tape embedded in joint substance and two separate coats of joint compound used over all flat joints and one separate coat of joint substance applied over interior angles. Fastener heads and accessories shall be covered with 3 different coats of joint substance. 

Gloss, semi-gloss and enamel paints are not suggested over a Level 4 surface. Level 5 finish is advised for areas where bright lighting conditions exist and locations that are to get gloss, semi-gloss, enamel or non-textured flat paints. Level 5 needs all the operations in Level 4. Furthermore, a thin skim coat of joint compound, or product made specifically for this function, is applied to the whole surface. 

Contact Baraibar Drywall has extensive experience in new construction with homebuilders and commercial construction contractors. 


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Baraibar Drywall is a home-owned and operated drywall and insulation specialist company. We are committed to supplying top quality work with competitive pricing, stressing customer satisfaction and timely job completion. We offer expertise in all phases of commercial and domestic drywall and insulation projects, which is where most of our business is focused. 

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