Hanging, Taping & Bedding Sheetrock
The professional hanging, taping, and bedding of sheetrock/drywall are vital components in its effective installation. While these things can be attempted at home, it is often the case that anything short of professional level work results in errors down the road, which lead to higher cost in repairs and, many times, necessary reinstallation of the original sheetrock.
The hanging of sheetrock is often manually intensive as is given away by the inclusion of the word “rock” in the name—the materials are heavy. They can be difficult and dangerous to lift, which can make it almost impossible to get things just right without expert consultation and intervention. Effective hanging requires appropriate measurement of square footage which the sheetrock will cover, careful attention to wires and plumping, and of course perfect positioning of the drywall. The measuring and cutting must be precise, and the hanging itself must be flawlessly done with use of professional equipment in order to effectively cover (and stay covering) the walls and ceilings for which it is being used.
Taping drywall is a complex, but important process in connecting the pieces places for both functionality and appearance. This process must be done well to prepare the surface for painting and priming. The appropriate compound must be applied, and then the tape must be smooth to be covered and undetected beneath another layer of the custom compound. The repetition of this process until completion is vital for sealing all joints to prevent damage and finish the overall project.
Bedding goes hand in hand with the previous taping process as explained above. Many times our clients will attempt to do bedding themselves by mixing and spreading their own compound. However, we receive calls when this occurs due to uneven and insecure joints that are sacrificing the overall integrity of the drywall and structure. Thus, it is best to allow a professional to mix an apply the compounds and complete the bedding and taping process.
Many of the above processes are often touted as short and simple, but in reality there are complexities that must be addressed if these are to be done correctly and hold up in the long run. By allowing a team of trained professionals to be directly involving in the hanging, bedding, and taping of drywall, you ensure the long term success of a project such as this.