||Faux Stone Wall
Drywall Construction and Finish-Out
Our attention to detail includes full-time punch-out supervisors
to ensure that every phase of your job is performed correctly.
A punch-out supervisor will walk through after each phase and
correct any existing problems.
We begin all of our jobs with an initial walk-through inspection
BEFORE HANG. We then mark all electrical, AC and other cut-outs
in the drywall on the floor with highly visible paint to alert
and instruct our drywall crews. These marks are checked again
AFTER HANG to ensure that there are no cover-ups or mistakes.
Nail or screw pop problems are also corrected at this time. The
next step is TAPE AND BED, where we will walk through once again
before applying the selected TEXTURE. Special finishes such as
hand textures or any other finishes are then applied to complete
A FINAL PUNCH walk-through is included as part of our service
at no additional charge. The final punch is completed after all
other contractors and tradesmen have finished their work and just
prior to move-in. There is a charge to correct any damage to the
drywall caused by other trades involved in the building process.
Charges to correct problems vary according to the size and severity
of the problem that has to be repaired.
DRYWALL MANUFACTURERS RECOMMEND 5/8" DRYWALL ON ALL CEILINGS
In recent years, construction material shortages seem to happen every spring
and summer. It's the price we pay for having such a strong residential construction
market. Our thriving residential and commercial building market continues to
out pace supplies and labor year after year.
Drywall material prices continue to increase steadily due to the high demand.
Higher lumber prices are also an issue as it relates to drywall. The increase
in lumber prices has prompted some builders to change from 16" O.C. to
24" O.C. framing on the ceilings to save on lumber costs. This spacing
creates a problem on ceilings using 1/2" drywall. Drywall manufacturers
recommend 5/8" drywall on 18-24" O.C. framing on ceilings. We will
not warranty any sagging or nail pop problems when 1/2" is used on 18-24"
O.C. framing on ceilings.
Over the past 15 years we have seen the quality of drywall
change dramatically. Drywall has become much lighter and more
porous. In addition, the outer paper shell now contains recycled
paper products. For this reason our crews now screw on kitchen
and nook ceilings to compensate for the extra weight of lighting
and vents used in these areas. Heat, humidity and blown insulation
are also factors that contribute to sagging ceilings.
THE PROBLEMS WE ARE ENCOUNTERING WITH DRYWALL CEILINGS
HAS PROMPTED US TO ISSUE THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP
ELIMINATE THESE PROBLEMS: Use only 16" O.C. framing on
ceilings. Use 5/8" drywall on 18-24" O.C. ceiling framing.
The cost is .05 to .10 per floor ft. Screw on field of all ceilings.
The cost is .05 to .10 per floor ft. Undercoat before texture
in areas with extra lighting or excessive sunlight. The cost is
.15 per floor ft.
The problems we've emphasized here may never occur in the
homes you build, but we'd like for you to have these drywall guidelines,
and the costs of remedying such problems, should they arise. If
you decide to continue using 1/2" drywall on all framing,
we recommend screwing the drywall on all ceilings. Lumber
quality can also be a factor, and may not be as good as it has
previously been in the past. If you are experiencing problems
with loose nails or nail pops, we recommend using screws on the
We look forward to your business and hope that we can help
improve the quality of your homes with the suggested upgrades.
Thank you for your business!
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