wall construction

Walls / Sheetrock / Plaster

  • Your home’s walls are constructed of 2"x6" (exterior) and 2”x4” (interior) wood stud framing and covered with a gypsum wallboard known as sheetrock.
  • The sheetrock is installed onto the framing members of the home using nails and/or screws.
  • Butt joints are covered with a special tape to give the wall a smooth, even appearance before the plaster is hand toweled over the sheetrock surface.
  • During the first year, walls are subjected to stress as the framing members expand, contract and stabilize to their new environment. As a result, nail popping, minor cracking, especially in corners and at ceiling joints are unavoidable.
  • These minor defects are usually simple to repair with the use of spackling or plaster compound or in many cases, a new coat of paint is sufficient.


Before repainting walls, it is important that the surfaces be properly prepared

* Clean surface; remove mildew.

* Repair minor cracks with spackling compound.

* Reset nail pops, spackle, and sand smooth.

* Let surface dry thoroughly.

* Sand enameled or varnished surfaces.

* Follow paint manufacturer’s directions.


Paint

Choose high quality paint appropriate to the area you are repainting

Do not use acrylic paint on top of enamel or varnish, as it will not adhere.

Use washable paints in areas subject to wear and tear, e.g. particularly kitchens