Repairing Drywall Tape

Answered by Brett ~ August 2, 2010 ~ Comments

We have drywall tape peeling off some of the ceilings/walls. What would be entailed when repairing this? I'd like to be prepared so I can be sure that the painter we hire will be doing what needs to be done and not a cover up job, nor creating more disruption to the walls than necessary. Thank you.

Emily ~ Indianapolis, Indiana

Brett Kulina

Emily, this is a common problem in older homes and in houses where the original drywall job was done in a less than adequate manner. Fortunately, repairing peeling drywall tape or flaking drywall mud is not that difficult, although it can be messy. A proper drywall repair job will require the application of new wall board joint compound(a.k.a. mud) and drywall tape and then some sanding and painting, so you will need to protect your home's interior from dust and splattering paint and mud during the repairs.

If you want to hire only one contractor for the entire repair job, then you need to decide if you are going to hire a painting contractor who does drywall repair, or a drywall contractor who does interior painting. The answer to this question depends on the scope of the repair work and the type of texture which is on your home's walls. In my opinion, you should hire a contractor who is able to repair the drywall and match the existing wall texture perfectly, as a seamless repair depends on quality texture application. If the texture of the repaired area does not match the other areas of the wall, then the repair will show through the finished paint job.

Perhaps you should start this project by talking with several drywall contractors who work in the Indianapolis area and ask them to inspect your home and make suggestions for the repairs. Once you have a professional opinion from a contractor who has inspected your home, then you will have a better idea of how long the repairs will take and how much the project will cost.

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