Drywall can be damaged by impacts, moisture, and foundation settlement
Drywall’s displacement of old fashioned plaster and lath construction had a huge impact in the building industry, but plaster still has a few weak points.
Sharp impacts will cause “puncture wounds” in drywall, as the paper surface tears and the gypsum core cracks and crumbles. If a building settles or shifts because of weak soil or other structural problems, interior drywall is likely to crack, especially at the top edges of window and door openings. Drywall can even “pop” off the framing that holds it in place if the framing flexes or shifts.
Moisture is another enemy of drywall. The paper facing on standard drywall panels will absorb moisture that’s in the air or in direct contact
with a panel. When this happens, the wet paper becomes an ideal habitat for mold. As the mold spreads (creating tell-tale stains in the paper surface), the gypsum core swells and starts to deteriorate. This damage not only destroys the wallboard, but it also creates a health hazard because of the airborne mold spores that building occupants are likely to inhale.
Professional repairs to solve drywall problems
For more extensive drywall damage, it’s best to call in a contractor with expertise in drywall repair. This is especially true when the drywall damage may be due to other problems, like excess moisture or foundation settlement. Brighter Image® provides expert drywall repair and replacement, helping you restore the beauty, functionality and safety of business.
Whether you are repairing damaged drywall, or just envisioning a remodel in a particular room, Brighter Image® can help to make this transformation happen with expert drywall texturing and painting.