If you’ve been following the Bloomfield project over the past couple of months, you might realize that we are now at the sheetrock stage of the project. We understand that some of you will have a pretty good idea about what’s involved during the sheetrock process, especially if you are in design or construction. However, we know that there will also be some of you who don’t even know what sheetrock is. For those in the dark, sheetrock is a chalk-like drywall or wall board that is applied to walls and ceilings. Nevertheless, whatever your level of understanding, for this months project blogpost we have complied our top 5 helpful sheetrock-ing tips:
1- Hire professionals: While sheetrock-ing can be a DIY project for small spaces, if your undergoing a big renovation, we suggest to get professional help! Below is our happy team of ‘sheetrock-ers’ at the ready.
2 – Don’t forget the insulation: Before the sheetrock is installed, sufficient insulation should be laid to keep the cold out in winter and hot out in summer. Also, if your replacing sheetrock due to water damage, the old insulation should be removed and the space left to dry out before you replace it with the new.
3 – The devil is in the details: While things always seem obvious in hindsight, it is surprising how often important details can be overlooked or forgotten during lengthly and complex renovations. To avoid extra work in the long run, make sure that the area you are working on is well lit and all of the electricity lines and sockets are clearly marked! You don’t want to sheetrock over anything that needs to be left exposed!
4 – Triple check & Inspect: Always triple check that the sheetrock is completely flat. Once the sheetrock is laid and the cabinets, wardrobes and other fixtures are installed, an uneven wall or ceiling becomes all the more obvious. Always use a level and get an extra pair of eyes to check over and critique your work – see Tim [the owner, below] who is inspecting our work!
5- Wear light colored clothing: Sheetrock-ing is a messy and dusty job. We suggest to avoid wearing black or dark colored clothes during installation or on-site inspections.
We hope that you might find some of these simple tips and reminders helpful. Until next time, happy sheetrock-ing!!
-Carol & the Swift Morris Team