Drywall is one of the most cost-effective and commonly used construction materials for homes. Alongside its fantastic affordability, it is also very durable and customisable – making it perfect for those looking to change the design aspects of their property. However, drywall will inevitably begin to wear over time and naturally damage can occur. The five most common causes of drywall damage are:
- Furniture marks
- Damage from door handles
- Nail hole damage
- Drywall cracks
- Water damage
Here are some top tips to repair your drywall and keep your walls looking flawless.
Furniture Marks On Drywall
If caught on any type of wall, furniture can leave scuffs or marks. These markings can look very unattractive, but they are incredibly easy to sort.
In most cases, a damp sponge can remove the furniture scuffs on your drywall, just rub the marks gently and they should disappear. If they are still visible, a fresh lick of paint or some wallpaper will cover up any stubborn scuffs.
To prevent it from happening again, be sure to leave some space between the furniture and the walls so that it does not directly press onto the drywall.
Nail holes in drywall panels is one of the most common forms of drywall damage. Whether it is a new house you are moving into, or you’re moving around your pictures and wall decor, nail holes are certainly a visible problem that you can’t ignore. In order to repair holes in drywall, the holes will need filling, sanding over, and then repainting. Once completed, your walls will look as good as new.
Cracks In Drywall
Drywall cracks mustn’t be ignored, regardless of how small the crack is to begin with. Cracks can grow and cause further problems down the line, so it’s vital that you seek to resolve any issues you see straight away.
To begin with, you will need to determine the cause of the crack in your drywall. Often factors such as temperature changes, seasonal changes, or humidity can cause cracks to appear. Other more serious factors can include structural problems in the property.
After determining the cause of the drywall crack, you must assess how severe it is and if it is likely to continue growing. Once you have done so, you can either use a joint compound to fix the crack, or if it requires more extensive repairs, call in a specialist.
Door Handle Damage to Drywall
Door handles that are slammed into your drywall panels can cause holes which can be a common occurrence in busy homes or homes with children in them. In order to fix the holes, you will need to patch over the hole, sand it to a smooth surface, and then repaint it. In order to prevent door handle damage in the future, you can install backplates where the handle would usually come into contact with your wall.
Water damage to your drywall can be serious and must be looked into immediately. You will know if water damage has occurred as the drywall may be soft to touch and have a discolouration.
If the damage has spread across multiple panels, it is likely that you will require a drywall specialist to restore the walls. However, if your water damage is contained and minimal, repair whatever has caused the damage and then replace the section that has been damaged.
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If you have found this blog helpful, then you may wish to read our previous blog on Drywall Maintenance.