Drywall was invented in 1916. It was the cutting-edge solution of the time to lower building costs for a growing middle class, while decreasing the risk of urban fires. This humble material—made out of paper boards that sandwich a lining of gypsum—was quick to replace the popular construction material of the time: plaster.
Marketed then as “the poor man's plaster,” drywall was quick to become one of the most-used materials for homes throughout the United States. Chances are the walls of your home are made almost exclusively out of drywall.
Also referred to as Sheetrock (brand name) and plaster board, drywall possess many unique qualities. It's easy to work with and install, less expensive than other building materials, looks fantastic once painted and is fire-resistant. The lining of gypsum, a sulfate mineral, is non-combustible. This is what gives drywall such an excellent fire resistant rating.
However, this wonderful material has one major drawback. Drywall is very easily damaged. There are many factors that can impact plasterboard:
Settling homes may cause cracks
Hanging pictures, shelves and TVs leave holes
Wear-and-tear may cause chips, dents and holes
Excess humidity, burst pipes and poor ventilation may cause water damage
It's actually quite common for drywall to get damaged from time to time, which makes it no surprise that you'll likely have to deal with this home repair at least once or twice in your lifetime.
But, when you notice a hairline crack, brown stains or a hole in the wall, do you need to hire a professional drywall repairman to fix it?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is, unless you're an avid DIYer, it's best to hire professional services to prevent greater headaches down the road.
That's where My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Saline and Chelsea steps in. Our team of skillful technicians have decades of experience working in the trades, and many of them specialize in working with drywall. What may take you an entire day to fix—from gathering materials to learning how to patch to finally doing the job—takes us a few hours. We're the professionals for a reason.
Save yourself the hassle of DIY work and hire one of our drywall repairmen instead. If we still haven't convinced you, keep reading to discover the benefits of hiring home improvement professionals.
1. We're the Experts
While repairing drywall is just one of our many services, it's something we happen to be very, very good at. Although there are a multitude of online tutorials that will show you how to patch or install plasterboard, the reality is you will not be able to copy the perfectionism and detail of a practiced service professional. Patching is a skill. We'll ensure that once we're finished, you won't even be able to see where the damage was. If you tackle it yourself, you might feel the empowering satisfaction of completing a home improvement task, but you also might see bumps, lines or even the tape poking through your paint job.
2. We Follow Safety Protocols
Installing or fixing Sheetrock might seem straightforward, but like with any home improvement task, there are certain risks involved. Our team is trained on how to follow proper safety protocols that you might not be aware of. For instance, we:
Wear masks to protect our lungs from dust
Wear safety goggles to guard our eyes from debris
Use work gloves to keep our hands from getting cut
Put our tools away safely when we're not using them
Lift heavy items correctly to protect our backs
3. You Save Time and Money
It might sound counterintuitive that you'll save money by hiring a handyman, but hear us out. Too often, enthusiastic homeowners embark on DIY adventures that wind up costing them more than they bargained for. Firstly, you might have to buy specialty tools (like a drywall saw or rotary tool) that you only end up using once. This is a waste of resources that just ends up cluttering your garage.
Secondly, if you make a mistake it will cost you. Patching a hole incorrectly means it has to be re-done. Now you have to buy more materials and spend the rest of your weekend fixing what would have been done correctly by a professional.
Speaking of weekends, why waste a beautiful Saturday patching plasterboard when you could be hanging out with friends, taking the kids to the park or relaxing in your backyard? Give yourself the gift of time by hiring a professional handyman.
4. We Clean Up
Trust us, after spending your day trying to fix the damage to your wall, the last thing you'll want to do is clean up. But, this is one of the most important parts of any improvement project. That's why at My Handyman, our team always cleans up our work area before leaving your home. Not only is this a courtesy, but it's also part of our safety practices.
5. Comprehensive Service
We won't just patch your wall and leave it! Our team will finish the job by smoothing and painting the damaged area so it seamlessly matches the rest of your home. Not to mention, since our technicians are highly versatile, why not take advantage of your damaged plasterboard and have us complete your other home repair to-dos? Perhaps your deck could use a powerwash or your backsplash needs to be re-tiled. We truly are your "one call does it all" handyman service, so why not let us tackle that list so you don't have to.
Book One of Our Expert Drywall Repairmen Today!
When you discover a hole, crack or dent in your plasterboard—or even worse, signs of water damage—call the pros at My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Saline and Chelsea right away. We have the skills, knowledge, tools and industry experience to complete both large and small projects—from patching a hole to helping finish your basement.
To book an appointment or learn more about our full range of services, we invite you to call our friendly customer service representatives at 734-666-3021. You can also reach us online by submitting our service request form.