Monthly Archives: November 2019

Common Causes of Drywall Damage to be Aware Of

For homeowners, damage issues with drywall surfaces are a hassle for multiple reasons. Not only are they difficult to fix, you also worry about them reoccurring in the future if the solutions you find aren’t robust enough.

At Blue Dawn Drywall, we’re here to solve both these issues for you in a flash. Our drywall contractors are proud to offer professional drywall repair services for any and all drywall surfaces in your home or building, ensuring your surfaces stay in good quality and continue to serve their stated purposes. You can benefit your space here by knowing some of the causes of drywall damage and how to prevent them – here’s a general primer.

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Plumbing Leak Issues

Perhaps the single most common cause of broken or damaged drywall is water damage, which can infiltrate the material and cause several potential issues. The first precaution to take here is assessing your plumbing system and its age – if it’s older or wasn’t installed properly, leaks and water damage issues are almost certainly in your future, if they haven’t begun already.

In other cases, you may notice direct drywall issues that signal water damage. One such issue is bulging drywall, which often takes place in an area where a water line is hidden behind drywall and is leaking. Fixing this will require repairing the water line, then replacing or patching the drywall.

Cracking Issues

If you notice any cracks in your drywall, even small ones, contact our pros for an inspection and potential repair. Cracks may begin small, but they can quickly devolve into safety risks as they grow – do not ignore them.

Cracks often take place because drywall was installed improperly, which is why it’s important to come to reputable professionals like ours for these services to begin with. Cracking may also take place due to settling of the home.

Termites and Other Holes

Termites can cause issues in several areas of a home, including within the drywall. Termites will attempt to dig into drywall surfaces, often causing visible pinholes you can see. Other signs of termites include wood or paint damage or a hollow sound when you tap or knock on the wall.

Not all drywall holes are caused by termites, however. They can be caused by furniture impacts, doors blowing open, or even reckless children playing in the area. If you notice holes in your drywall, patching and repairing it quickly is vital to prevent additional cracks.

Fastening Problems

Finally, the tape likely used to attach your drywall during installation may loosen based on simple aging or moisture infiltration. You may notice drywall buckling, or nails popping through the wall due to this buckling taking place away from view. Do not attempt to hammer a nail back in if this is happening – you should call our team about removing the nail and finding the stud.

For more on the causes of damaged drywall, or to learn about any of our drywall installation or repair services, speak to the staff at Blue Dawn Drywall today.

Top Factors in Determining Basement Finishing Cost and ROI, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the top factors that play a role in both the final cost of your basement finishing project and its ultimate return on investment (ROI). Basement finishing projects are often a great way to realize increased home value above and beyond the price you pay for the upgrades themselves, but achieving this requires some care and understanding of all the components involved.

At Blue Dawn Drywall, we’re proud to offer basement finishing solutions to fit your every need, from quality materials and drywall to painting and design. Let’s go over a few additional factors that play into your final cost and ROI for a basement finishing project.

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General Basement Drywall

Drywall will often be a big part of your basement finishing process, so it’s important to know how much it will cost. While precise numbers here vary depending on the type you choose and other factors, you can generally anticipate paying between $1.75 and $3.15 per square foot – this cost includes supply, installation and finishing, not just the material alone.

Flooring Costs

When it comes to flooring within a basement finishing job, you have a pretty wide variety of options available – both in terms of style and price point. You can go with a simple modern look where you just seal the concrete and place rugs down, or you can go a step further and consider carpet, laminate or hardwood flooring options. Hardwood tends to cost the most of these options while carpeting costs the least, but you also have to consider warming and air factors in your long-term cost assessment.

Ceiling Expenses

The ceiling, on the other hand, can be a bit trickier with basement finishing, primarily because they’re typically very low compared to others in the house. They also have to house plumbing, ducting and various electrical components. For this reason, drywall ceiling costs are usually a bit higher than for walls, generally costing between $2 and $3 per square foot.

Painting

Also included in this area is sealing, which is important for blocking certain materials from damaging your surfaces. Sealing and priming drywall generally costs about $1.50 per square foot, while painting and trimming the walls will range anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 depending on the total surface area and the paint being used.

Budget Savers

If you’re looking to stick to a budget and save a few bucks on your basement finishing project, there are a few room types to generally avoid: Bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. These require major attention paid to plumbing, electrical and similar areas, plus require specialized professionals for certain hookups or installations. Bedrooms often also require safety features that may dictate foundational or landscaping changes, which bring additional costs.

For more on the factors that play a role in basement finishing costs and ROI, or to learn about any of our drywall installation or contractor services, speak to the staff at Blue Dawn Drywall today.