Artisitic Drywall & Innovations

Artistic DrywallDrywall is a necessity in most building projects, but many fail to see how important it is to the finished look of a home or structure. In fact, as much as 70% of the interior finished surfaces of a building or residential dwelling are normally covered in drywall. Because of this, drywall work can greatly enhance or take away from the beauty and aesthetics of a space.

Since the creation of drywall, contractors and professional installers alike have agreed that invisible seams and flawless transitions are of the utmost importance. Even for the most meager project, consumers want smooth surfaces with no cracks, gaps, or seams showing. Additionally, it has consistently been important to choose the proper type of drywall product. If you are going to be covering a surface that may be in a damp area, for example, choosing specialty “green board” will help to reduce the likelihood of mold, mildew, and deterioration of the walls over time.

In recent years, however, the “upgrades” available in the world of drywall have really come a long way. With the introduction of new products, such as drywall beading, and new and/or improved techniques, the possibilities for beautification using drywall are nearly limitless. Here are some of the ways that drywall innovations can create effect, character, and luxury in any interior space.

Drywall Arches

While the architectural design of archways is quite ancient, using drywall to create this effect has only become popular as of late. The low cost (compared to using other materials), ease of installation, and dramatic finished appearance all make this “extra” a great idea for homes, office spaces, or other interior finished space.

Decorative Outside Corners

Although many corners will not require anything more than a smooth seam and tight fitting drywall, some demand a little more attention. For places where character is desired, drywall installers can create decorative outside corners. While the finished product is quite impressive and adds ornamental flair to an otherwise plain corner, the technique is actually pretty simple and inexpensive to install.

Ceiling Accents & Trays

Everyone loves the look and luxury of crown moulding in a home, but the price can be quite out of the budget for some. For a lower cost way to dress up ceilings and ceiling corners, consider using drywall to create a similar styling. By lowering the outside section of ceiling by a few inches, and then using beading to round corners and transition pieces together, furring lumber and drywall scrap pieces can truly add elegance and style to any room.

Panels on Walls

Many have seen the “wainscot” look of walls, often found in formal dining rooms or master suites. The individual panels that divide a wall in this style not only give the space charm and opulence, but also provide for dramatic painting options as well. While this look can be created using traditional wood trim pieces or other more expensive options, it can also be accomplished using drywall scraps that have been cut and pieced together to create the “frames” of the design. The edges are then finished with a decorative bead before joint compound is applied. Finish with sanding and caulk for any spaces and you have a spectacular “upgrade” to your wall at a minimal cost.

Whether you are looking to improve an existing space or build a completely new structure, drywall can be utilized in a variety of ways. From its traditional use in creating the smooth canvas of walls and ceilings to more advanced and decorative work, it is an area of construction that is as important to appearance as it is essential for space division.

What is Drywall

When it comes to walls and ceilings, modern construction has truly come a long way in recent years. Long gone are the days of lath and plaster, thanks to an innovative material known as drywall. Simply stated, drywall (also called gypsum board, plasterboard, or wallboard) is a panel that is made by pressing gypsum plaster between two thick sheets of paper. The finished product is probably the most widely used material for walls and ceilings in both residential and commercial building and remodeling projects.

As with most products, there are a variety of brands and types of drywall to choose from. Choosing the right one to use will largely depend on your type of project, location or room, budget, and desired finish technique. Here are some of the most popular options and what they are best suited for.

Standard Drywall

For many interior walls and ceilings, a standard drywall material will be the cheapest and most practical choice. The four foot by eight foot sheets are easy to handle, fit well on standard stud frames, and come in a variety of thicknesses that range from ¼ inch up to a sturdier 5/8 inch. Additionally, standard drywall makes a great base for smooth walls as well as many different types of texturing and is easy to paint or add wall coverings to. Standard drywall also comes in four foot by twelve foot sheets.

Green Board

If you are looking for a drywall option that is a little more moisture resistant, then selecting green board is probably best. This specialty drywall has an oily coating over the surface to help eliminate mold and mildew problems in areas where small amounts of moisture may be present. This makes a great choice for drywall that will be used in basements, behind shower tile, or in parts of the world where humidity is extremely high.

Fire Resistant

Another choice that is popular for furnace rooms, around hot water heaters, or in commercial buildings that require higher fire ratings in walls and ceilings is Type-X drywall. This variety is made by combining fire resistant materials, such as boric acid and glass, with the gypsum core to make it more flame retardant.

Soundproof

If keeping things quiet is your concern, then selecting a soundproofing drywall material may be the way to go. Because of its increased density, this variety is often used in workshops, churches, garages, apartment complexes, or anywhere else that keeping the sound to a minimum is important.

Eco Friendly

For the consumer that is looking for “green” alternatives to standard drywall, there are two major types to choose from. The first, called EcoRock, is made by recycling leftover materials used in cement and steel manufacturing plants for about 80% of this product. Additionally, EcoRock is naturally cured, without the use of heat or harsh chemicals, which makes it safer for the environment and saves energy too.

The second green alternative, known as Durra Panels, are composed of wheat and rice straw by-products that are heated and then pressed. The result is a hard core panel that contains organic binding agents because of the naturally occurring polymer in the straw. In addition, the manufactures of Durra Panels also use water based, non-toxic glues and recycled paper for the liners.

Whether you are remodeling a small space, updating a historic home, or building a huge commercial structure, drywall is sure to be one material to check out. With the variable options to select from, there is sure to be one to suit your project needs quite well.

Welcome To The Hebe Drywall Blog

Spring is coming and it will be here before you know it. and with all things being new, so is our blog and website. This year we have upgraded some of our drywall equipment and hired a new online marketing company to set us up this new website and blog, we hope you find it useful.

It is our intention to post regularly about Hebe Drywall business, jobs we are on, new hires, how to articles, along with reviews of our industry suppliers and tools. We will keep you up to date with local events with regard to our construction industry as the housing market gets back on it’s feet.

For instance, we have been sub-contracting a lot of work from local area contractors, builders, home buying investors. Flipping homes and rehabbing foreclosures to create positive cash flow is has been very popular in 2012 and into recent months. We track local home sales and builder activity and report the news as we see it.

Brief Introduction To Hebe Drywall

A family run business since 1977 working mainly with New Hampshire local home owners, builders, and contractors. We do residential and commercial sheetrock work. Founded by Hebe Senior and passed down to his son Eric Hebe who now runs and manages the company.

Repairing Drywall

We repair holes in drywall, work to remove and replace drywall that has been damaged by flooding. Repair ceilings due to roof leaks. We do repairs so that you never even know there was damage. Sometimes walls have to be opened up to install new insulation, repair plumbing. We come in after to finish these repairs. We replace sheetrock, tape seams, bead corners, mud walls, and sand to a fine finish.

Thanks for taking the time to look us over. We will do our best to add value to the community by continuing to do great work, and now by offering valuable information on this blog. Whether your a home builder or owner, we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have about an up coming project. We will respond as fast, all estimates are free.