A comprehensive overview of everything to consider when drywalling your house, from costs to construction, we’ve got it covered.
Drywall is a good alternative to plaster. It is hung against bare ceiling joists or wall studs to create a flat surface covering that will be suitable for finishing with paint or wallpaper, so no plastering is needed. After the application of the drywall sheets, the joints and screw holes are sealed with tape and joint compound. Once the compound has dried, all that needs to be done is to sand down the areas with fine sandpaper to ensure there are no lumps or obvious joins. As the sheets usually come in a 4 x 8-foot size and weigh between 20kg and 35kg each, you must take care when carrying and installing them, which is why it is a good idea to get a tradesman to carry out this kind of work.
Once the drywall has been installed, the joins have been sanded down, it will be ready to paint or wallpaper. It would be a good idea to hire a professional painter and decorator. Rolling some paint on the walls sounds like an easy task, but there are professional painters out there for a reason! Professionals paint trim on a daily basis so they have the skills to get crisp straight lines. They also know how to paint the big areas so they aren’t patchy or blotchy. After your investment in installing drywall in your home, it would warrant getting an experienced decorator to finish the job properly.
If you are considering doing this work yourself for small installations or touch ups, you shouldn’t need planning permission unless your property is listed. You don’t need many tools; all you need is a bucket, mud pan, sanding block, taping knife and utility knife. In terms of materials, you will need; drywall compound, metal corner bead, paper drywall tape, fine sandpaper and setting-type compound.
You should also prepare yourself with some priceless advice from people that have already made the mistakes. Below are some great tips:
There is a myriad of potential problems that could arise when carrying out DIY drywalling. These problems could seriously strain your budget, especially if you have to take a few steps back.
Some of the problems that could arise are:
Oversanding - In an attempt to achieve a perfectly smooth surface, a lot of DIY drywallers aggressively sand the dried mud compound and joints. But when you sand too far, you risk the chance of exposing the paper or fiberglass tape covering the seams, or even into the surface of the surrounding drywall. One way to overcome this is to place a light low down on the floor to highlight any lumps or bumps.
Overscrewing - When screwing the drywall in place, you can easily crack the surface of the panels by driving the screws in too far. Once this is done, the ability for the drywall to hold on to the screw with strength is compromised.
Joints are too tight - Getting a snug fit between panels sounds like a good thing, but it’s not. When placing the drywall panels too close to each other you risk the possibility of cracking due to seasonal expansion. Try to make sure there is about about 3mm of room between each sheet of drywall.
Drywall tape shows through the mud - If this happens, you may be missing something. Make sure you have at least three coats of mud: tape coat, filler coat, and final coat. It might be that you are excluding the final coat.
To give you an approximate guide to the costs involved, including material and labour costs, the cost per panel is around £4-5 when using good quality panels. So, on this basis a standard 12x12ft room would cost around £550. This can fluctuate depending on the quality of materials and the professional you hire to install the drywall. It’s always a good idea to go with a professional that has accreditation and provides you with a comprehensive quote.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a professional plasterer to supply and drywall a home:
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|6x12ft room with panels and drywalling||£250-£400||1-2 days|
|12x12ft room with panels and drywalling||£500-£600||1-3 days|
|12x24ft room with panels and drywalling||£1000-£1200||3-6 days|
Individual costs of drywalling a 12x12ft room - Total Cost: £550