Sheetrock, which is also commonly called drywall, is a popular building material that can be found in virtually every home. Because it is so common, it’s likely that at some point, you’ll find yourself in need of repairs or touch-ups since, although it’s designed to be sturdy, nothing is invulnerable to the wear and tear of daily life, and accidents happen.
Below, we’ll outline a few scenarios when it’s safe to try your hand at DIY-ing a sheetrock repair project and a few cases where it’s better to leave the work to trained professionals like our team.
When to Consider DIY Sheetrock Repair
- Minor Damage. Smaller damage, such as holes from nails and small dents from accidental bumps, are generally minor enough that you can try your hand at repairing them yourself. The basic process for repairing this kind of damage is to clean the area, apply a patch using a sheetrock joining compound, and then sand and repaint the area once it is dry.
- Nail Pops. Nail pops are small bumps or cracks that occur when a nail or screw comes loose and pushes through the sheetrock. These can typically be repaired by reattaching the loose nails or screws and adding a few extra for added security, and then patching the area as detailed in scenario 1.
- Surface Blemishes. If your sheetrock has minor imperfections, like small areas with peeling or bubbling, these can usually be fixed by sanding, priming, and then repainting the area.
When to Call Pros for Sheetrock Repair
- Extensive Damage. Large holes, significant cracks, or areas with water damage should be addressed by professionals since these cases often accompany structural damage that needs to be assessed and repaired.
- Ceiling Repairs. Sheetrock on the ceiling is notoriously difficult to repair neatly if you don’t have the proper training. Professionals will have plenty of experience with overhead work and be able to get the job done quickly and blend the repair in with the rest of the ceiling.
- Matching Texture. Sheetrock can have a textured finish, such as popcorn, swirl, orange peel, or knockdown, and getting a seamless match with the rest of the wall is extremely challenging if you’re not familiar with the application techniques to achieve a particular pattern.
If you need sheetrock repair in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, give us a call today!