Expert Drywall Repair in Flower Mound, TX and Nearby Communities
Although drywall damage is common, you shouldn’t ignore it. There are many reasons why it’s important to get drywall damage fixed, but because these reasons don’t affect your home’s functionality or energy bills significantly, you may not be motivated to get repairs done. By investing in Flower Mound drywall repair services, you can take back your sense of pride in your home.
In addition to keeping your biggest investment—your home—looking its best, interior repairs are also important to do prior to showing a home you’re planning to put on the market. Whatever your reasons for wall repair, one of our experienced Flower Mound handyman professionals can help you erase all signs of damage, so that your home’s interior looks brand-new again.
Learn more about our drywall repair service below, or give us a call at 972-627-4793 to book a service appointment at a time that works best for you for a great job done.
Common Causes Of Drywall Damage
Of all the different types of repairs you may have to do around your home, drywall repair is one that you can count on needing to get done at some point. Wall damage can be accidental, as well as intentional. Intentional damage is usually minor and simple to repair, while accidental damage can be more extensive and require the skills of an experienced handyman to properly fix.
Our skilled team of service professionals has experience in every type of drywall repair that you can think of. The most common types of wall damage we’re called in to fix include:
- Nail holes
- Dart holes
- Door knob holes
- Popped nails
- Loose joint tape
- Damaged corner beading
- Water damage
Our Flower Mound Drywall Repair Service: Step By Step
Our handyman professionals have all the tools, knowledge and experience to flawlessly repair your walls. To get a perfectly seamless result, a skilled and steady hand is required. Many of our customers hire us to do the job because they know that we guarantee the quality of our results.
Required Tools and Supplies
There are many different types of tools, equipment, and supplies needed for drywall repair. All of our service technicians already have these tools on hand, so you won’t have to go out and buy anything for a one-time project. Though the exact tools and products required vary according to the project, we’ll use at least some of the following:
- Joint compound or drywall mud
- Drywall screws
- Joint tape or drywall tape
- Mesh tape
- Self-adhesive mesh patch
- Corner bead
- Putty knife
- Utility knife
- Drywall saw
- Sanding block
- Ruler and pencil
- Dust mask
Step 1: Damage Assessment
Depending on the type of damage, we’ll need to use different supplies and tools. The extent of the damage will also determine how long the repair will take. We’ll take the time to thoroughly assess the damage first so that we can provide you with an accurate job estimate.
Damage like dart holes doesn’t require a lot of assessment, but if there’s water damage, we’ll need to make sure that the water issue is solved and we can remove and patch the affected area without compromising the structural integrity of your walls, or sealing in wood rot.
Once the assessment is complete, we’ll discuss the project scope and answer any questions you may have to ensure that we’re on the same page.
Step 2: Damage Repair
To repair your drywall damage, your expert handyman will follow best practices for the type of damage you have. While exact steps and methods will vary from person to person, you can expect your repair service to look something like this:
- Dart and nail holes: Using a small file or utility knife, we’ll carve away any excess drywall sticking out around the hole. Then, using a putty knife, we’ll spread a thin layer of spackle across the hole.
- Small holes: In addition to the steps above, for small holes, we’ll add a self-adhesive mesh patch over the hole before spackling. This gives the hole a little more structural support and limits the amount of spackle that will have to be used to fill the hole.
- Medium and large holes: For medium and large holes, more support than a mesh patch can provide is needed. Holes larger than those left behind by a doorknob will need to be repaired using an additional piece of drywall. Using a drywall saw, we’ll cut a square or rectangle around the damaged hole. Then we’ll create a drywall patch by cutting out a piece of drywall that is the same size. To hold the patch in place, we’ll use joint tape. A coat of compound or spackle will be applied on top.
- Cracks: Vertical cracks on drywall tend to occur in newer homes. As your house settles, your drywall can shift. We recommend waiting until the cracking stops before calling us in. Once your home appears to have fully settled, we’ll apply joint tape to strengthen the crack, followed by a layer of joint compound.
- Corner beading: The point at which two pieces of drywall meet at a 90-degree angle are strengthened with a metal strip called corner beading. This can be damaged by a settling house or by a forceful impact. To repair this, we’ll use a utility knife to remove the damaged corner beading. Using an adhesive, we’ll add a new piece of corner bead. Once adhered, we’ll cover it up with a fresh coat of joint compound.
- Water damage: The first step in repairing water damage on drywall is to ensure that the cause of the damage has been addressed and won’t occur again. Assuming the damaged area isn’t too big, we’ll repair this using the same method as we would to repair medium and large holes.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Depending on whether we use spackle or joint compound, drying times for your repair will vary. Joint compound takes about 24 hours to dry, while most spackle products are fully cured in as little as 30 minutes.
Once dry, we’ll use a fine-grit sanding block to gently smooth your wall’s surface. Getting a perfectly flat, flush surface is key to producing a result that looks like the damage never occurred in the first place.
Some customers prefer to end their service here, while others ask us to finish off the job by adding a fresh coat of paint to the area. If you have spare paint color in your garage, we’ll be happy to use that.
Step 4: Clean Up
Drywall repair can be a messy business. We’ll always leave your home just as clean as we found it. To do this, we’ll sweep up any drywall dust, and pack up all of our tools and any garbage produced. When we enter your home, we’ll always put on disposable booties so that we leave your floors just as clean as we found them.
Flower Mound Drywall Repair FAQ
Can I Do Drywall Repair Myself?
Like most home improvement, repair and maintenance projects, most homeowners can do drywall repairs themselves. Whether they should is another matter entirely.
Fixing up small holes is fairly simple for most homeowners. Drywall repair kits can be purchased from your local hardware store for holes the size of a doorknob or smaller. If you have the time and interest in attempting a drywall repair of this scale on your own, you can do so without much risk to your finances or home.
Once drywall repair involves patching large holes and cracks by creating drywall patches and using joint tape, it’s probably in your best interest to hire a professional. There are many reasons why fixing drywall damage is important, so it’s essential that the job is done correctly. It’s much more difficult to end up with a seamless result if you’ve never done this kind of repair before. Additionally, without help from an expert, you could end up having to redo the repair in the near future.
How Much Does Drywall Repair Cost?
The cost of drywall repair in Flower Mound, TX varies greatly depending on the type and extent of the damage. According to recent national surveys, the average cost of drywall repair is somewhere between $300 and $900.
Repairing small nail holes is very affordable, but for the repair of large cracks and holes, or multiple areas of damage, you can expect to pay a little more.
We encourage you to give us a call at 972-627-4793 to discuss your project and pricing. For some project requests, we’ll need to come out to your place for a consultation to provide you with the most accurate estimate.
When Is Drywall Replacement Better Than Repair?
In most cases, you don’t need to fix drywall with a complete drywall replacement. When drywall is installed, individual panels are nailed to the wall studs behind it. Seams between sheets are covered with joint tape, and drywall mud is applied over the top of the tape before painting. Thus, removing a full sheet of drywall and replacing it is very invasive and generally unnecessary.
There are a couple of situations in which drywall replacement should be conducted instead of drywall repair. The first case involves water damage. If water damage is extensive, even after the wall dries out, it could be structurally weakened. Over time, it may begin to crumble.
It’s also sometimes difficult to tell if the wall is completely dried out. With enough humidity, it may develop problems and need replacement further down the line. The best thing to do is replace it just in case.
Additionally, if you’re planning to do major home renovations or remodeling, upgrading your existing drywall to something that provides better insulation, soundproofing, or protection against water damage may be worthwhile. In this case, hold off on doing drywall repairs and go for replacement during the renovation process.
What Is The Difference Between Sheetrock And Drywall?
The terms sheetrock and drywall are used interchangeably, but many customers wonder whether they refer to the same thing. Essentially, they are identical.
Drywall refers to panels of gypsum rock that are contained between two sheets of paper. Sheetrock is a specific brand of drywall and is made up of the same components, plus a couple of additional compounds and chemicals that allow the brand to give its product a unique name.
At the end of the day, Sheetrock is similar to many other types of drywall in terms of functionality and durability.
Is Joint Compound or Spackle Better For Drywall Repair in Flower Mound?
Like Sheetrock and drywall, many people use the terms ‘joint compound’ (also known as drywall mud) and ‘spackle’ interchangeably. Unlike Sheetrock and drywall, these products are not the same.
Drywall mud is a combination of powdered gypsum and water. The powder generally comes in a large bucket and is mixed up right before starting a job. Spackle comes pre-mixed, often in a small tub or a tube. It contains gypsum, but also several other compounds that allow it to dry more quickly and retain elasticity.
Spackle should only be used for small-scale projects, while joint compound is used for covering large surface areas. Spackle is usually easier to work with, but if you only have drywall mud on hand, this can be used to repair small holes as well.
Is Ceiling Repair The Same As Drywall Repair?
Repairing ceiling damage generally follows the same process as wall repair. The only difference is that it’s more challenging, due to having to work on a ladder and against gravity.
If you require a ceiling repair or would like to have your popcorn ceilings removed, our team can help you out with that as well.
Choose Mr. Handyman of Flower Mound, Lewisville and Denton For Flower Mound Drywall Repair
We take pride in all the five-star reviews we’ve received from clients who have been impressed by our commitment to providing superior customer service combined with an outstanding quality of workmanship. Our handyman professionals have all undergone background checks and drug testing, and have an average of 10 years experience in the industry, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to make a claim under our workmanship guarantee.
For more information on drywall repair in Flower Mound or any of our other services, or to book a service appointment, we encourage you to give us a call at 972-627-4793. We can repair everything from minor damage around bathtubs to large holes, such as those found in the images of our work below.