What causes drywall cracks?
Cracked drywall is unsightly! There are many reasons why cracks may appear in drywall. House settling, poor drywall installation, moisture behind the wall, objects on the wall causing it stress, and cracked paint are a few of the common culprits. Drywall cracks from the normal shrinkage of materials are acceptable. Between cabinets, walls and ceilings, visible gaps in excess of 3mm (1/8″) are not acceptable.
As soon as you see even a hairline crack in your drywall you should get it repaired. If left unattended, the crack can grow into a major problem that might lead to weakening of the building, wall, structure, or home. It could also involve major expense to repair it at a later stage.
Can I get an accurate drywall or painting estimate over the phone?
We can provide phone estimates for drywall repair jobs, but with full drywall jobs, each project is different and will need to be estimated in person. A professional contractor needs to see the job and obtain accurate measurements in order to provide you with an accurate estimate for the entire job.
Are Century Drywall & Painting contractors bonded and insured?
Yes. We carry liability insurance and workman’s comp insurance required by the State.
What determines the cost of my drywall project?
Several factors determine the price of your drywall project, including the size of the area, ceiling height, job location and accessibility, whether you need patches or tie-ins to existing drywall/plaster, existence of archways, specialty windows, niches, etc.
Just what is drywall?
Drywall is a material used to cover wall and ceiling framing. It is gypsum, a very common material which is sandwiched between two layers of paper. Drywall is also called sheet rock, wallboard and gypsum board. (Drywall is the generic term, and Sheet Rock is a brand name of drywall – just like Kleenex is a brand of tissue). It is faster to install than plaster and more economical. It is generally not quite as nice and true as plaster, but the economy of the material makes it the top choice in most applications.
What is the deal with Chinese drywall?
It is drywall imported from China which has a higher than allowable sulfur content, and thus emits harmful sulfur gases and fumes. The fumes from Chinese drywall can cause metal to corrode, causing appliance failures, power outages and electric shocks. A drywall professional would be unlikely to use Chinese drywall, but it doesn’t hurt to ask, just to be certain.
Can you give me a list of references from past customers?
Of course! Just ask.
How long does it take to get my estimate?
Is there anything I can do to prepare for the on-site visit?
It’s best for all decision-makers to be present at the time of the on-site visit. If not, make sure you discuss all work together ahead of time.We recommend that you:
- Make a list of all the work you want done for each room or on the exterior of your home.
- Choose colors and / or finishes.
- Understand your project budget. We will customize the work to meet your specific budget.
- Please allow for approximately one hour for the on-site visit.
Once approved, when can you get started?
What are the different types of interior paint?
Differences in paint types are based on smoothness, shine and ease of cleaning — characteristics collectively known as “sheen.”
There are five levels of sheen: high gloss, semi-gloss, satin, eggshell and matte (also called “flat”). For a room requiring the best moisture resistance and ease of cleaning, such as a bathroom or kitchen, you likely would paint the doors, cabinetry and trim with a high gloss product and the walls with a semi-gloss or satin paint.
Satin paints have a soft, velvety glow. It’s common to use them in areas of high traffic such as a living room or office entry. For low-luster elegance in a formal dining or meeting room, you might choose an eggshell finish and semi-gloss for trim. Matte paints should be reserved for rooms with the lowest traffic.