4 Common Drywall Installation Mistakes You Should Avoid

Is drywall hard to install

Homeowners who are looking to save a buck often get overconfident after watching DIY shows and online videos about complex home improvement projects such as plasterboard installation. But the reality is that these shows routinely gloss over the really difficult parts of the installation process. 

Unfortunately, DIY-ers tend to discover this fact after their project is already underway and they’ve already made a few costly mistakes. This is one of the main reasons why most people in Fort Collins are advised to outsource these projects to professional drywall contractors. 

In previous articles, we answered some common questions about drywall repair and provided some pointers on how to find a reliable drywall contractor. Now we’ll take a look at the 4 mistakes many people make during installation. Read on to learn more.

Is drywall hard to install?

Deceptively so. There is plenty of room for error when performed by someone who isn’t well-versed in the tricks of the trade. Inexperienced installers often miss a detail or two that can seriously interfere with the project, costing them both time and money while leading to unsatisfying results.

Here are 4 drywall installation mistakes to avoid:

  • Driving screws too deep will break the paper surface of the drywall and negatively impact their holding power. Screws should only be driven about a half- or quarter-turn past the paper’s surface.
  • Overly tight joints between two adjacent sheets can cause one or both sheets to break during or after installation. Always keep a ⅛ inch space between two sheets to prevent problems during installation and account for seasonal expansion and contraction.
  • Misaligning electrical box holes. Cutting a perfect hole in drywall can be difficult, especially if you don’t have professional-grade equipment. You also need to make sure you have the perfect fit for the electrical boxes before pressing and fastening the drywall to its position.
  • Not marking framing locations before covering them with drywall frequently results in inaccurate screw placement. Always make the necessary marks beforehand.

How much does drywall installation cost?

As with all home improvement projects, the total cost of your drywall replacement project will depend on the scope and complexity of the project, amount and type of drywall you want to install, whether specialized labor is required, and more.

The best way to get an accurate quote is to reach out to a reputable home improvement and maintenance contractor and schedule an on-site consultation. After assessing your property and familiarizing themselves with your wishes, the pros will be able to provide you with a correct estimate.

What is the difference between drywall and plasterboard?

They’re one and the same. Drywall is also known as plasterboard, custard board, wallboard, gypsum board, sheetrock, buster board, or gypsum panel. A frequent mistake people make is to mix up the terms “plasterboard” and “plaster”, despite these referring to two different types of materials.

Plaster is a high-end wall finishing material that’s significantly more labor-intensive than drywall. Despite its smooth look and sound resistant properties, it doesn’t insulate as well as drywall does, which is one of the reasons why drywall is significantly more popular.

Where can I hire dependable Fort Collins drywall contractors?

Are you looking for a team of experienced drywall installers who can outfit your property near the Fort Collins Lincoln Center with gorgeous and functional plasterboard walls that will stand the test of time? Or perhaps you’re in need of painting, plumbing, electrical, custom shelving, door installation, and other handyman services?

Here at Handyman Connection of Fort Collins, we can do all that and more. Contact us today and let our team of trained and experienced craftspeople attend to your every home improvement and maintenance need.