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Understanding Drywall Finish Levels and Needs, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on the various levels of drywall finish that are commonly available. Ranging from levels 1 to 5, drywall finish refers to coverage and securing of the drywall and the joints between pieces.

At Blue Dawn Drywall, we offer a variety of drywall services from our professional drywall contractors, ranging from basic drywall installation to drywall repair, painting and numerous other services. We’re happy to detail any of the basics you may be wondering about various drywall finish levels, including recommending the proper finish level for your specific drywall project needs if you aren’t sure which to choose. In today’s part two, we’ll go over some of the common project types that utilize level 5 drywall, the highest category available, and what the costs of level 5 drywall are to help you determine if this elite material is the right choice for you.

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Common Needs for Level 5 Drywall Finish

As we noted in part one, level 5 drywall finish is the highest grade and requires significant time and expertise. It involves a skim coat of joint compound that goes over level 4 drywall finish, a coat that’s then smoothed and sanded upon drying. It’s known to create smooth, aesthetically appealing drywall of the highest quality available.

For this reason, level 5 drywall finish is often used for highly visible public drywall areas that will receive lots of eyes. Here are some of the wall types or scenarios where you’ll commonly find level 5 drywall materials:

  • When applying drywall to walls with dark paint or paints that come with a sheen or gloss. These paint types tend to make imperfections easier to see, hence the need for better coverage.
  • When natural light or sconce light will be hitting the wall in a manner that makes scratches or other imperfections more noticeable.
  • On large, expansive walls, including long corridors, public access rooms and others.
  • On ceilings that come with a smooth finish (others come with a textured finish, in which case level 5 drywall generally isn’t the best choice).

Costs of Level 5 Drywall

As you might expect, level 5 drywall finish is the most expensive type due to the additional time and work that goes into creating it. While level 4 drywall tends to cost roughly $1.80 to $3.00 per square foot depending on the specifics involved, you can usually add about 30 to 45 cents per square foot to this number when upgrading to a level 5 finish. There are numerous cases, however, where this small price increase is well worth the investment, including in ways it raises home or building value.

For more on the varying levels of drywall finish and when a level 5 finish might be appropriate, or to learn about any of our drywall contractor services, speak to the staff at Blue Dawn Drywall.