Signs That Your Drywall Needs to Be Replaced

As homeowners, we often ask ourselves when does our drywall need to be replaced? What are the symptoms, the signs the early hints of decay or corrosion. It leads to many home owners, specially in Tucson (where we operate) perplexed about what to do. Having done countless drywall repairs in Tucson we believe we can help.

Our experts have took the time to identify clear signs that may lead you to believe you drywall could use an upgrade or a replacement, depending on different factors. So here are some of the signs that you need to look out for, and what you can do about them.

Noticeable Cracks

Spotting small cracks on your drywall might seem insignificant, but they can be early indicators of a bigger issue. Drywall is prone to damage from movements in the home, such as shifting foundations due to water damage or natural settling, this may lead to cracks in your wall that with time can become damaging to the point your wall itself may start to fall apart.

Of course a few cracks here and there doesn’t mean you have to replace the whole drywall, just a repair job would do which should be affordable for majority of homeowners.

Damp Wall

The biggest culprit to damp walls is of course, water damage. Drywall is highly absorbent and can become mushy and lose its structural integrity when wet. Catching water damage early is the best course of action to prevent heavy expenditure and we recommend you have a professional look at your wall promptly.

In our experience, water damage is the biggest reason home owners have their drywalls replaced or repaired completely (specially here in Tucson). Its also wise to understand the underlying reason for the dampness, whether its humidity, mold or maybe both.

Mold

Speaking of mold, this extremely toxic substance is the bane of most homeowners existence. Everything about mold screams replacing, ranging from the smell to even allergies for most people. The reason we place heavy emphasis on stopping mold growth early is the health risks. Symptoms of mold exposure range from allergy-like reactions to serious conditions like chronic bronchitis and sinus infections

So the moment you see a drywall being contaminated with mold, get a professional company (like us) to help you replace it ASAP.

Visible Seams & Poor Taping

If the drywall seams become visible, or the tape is lifting or separating, it’s often due to poor installation or termite damage. That’s when it becomes mandatory that your drywall is either repaired or replaced ASAP. A well-installed drywall lasts longer. Hiring experienced professionals ensures proper installation, reducing the likelihood of premature replacement.

Holes in Walls

This one is pretty obvious, but it wouldn’t be a signs article If we didn’t mention it. For small damages like minor holes or cracks, a repair might suffice. However, for larger holes, multiple damages, or older drywall exposed to moisture, replacement might be more cost-effective and provide a better finish with long lasting results.

Age

We’ve seen clients come to us with issues regarding their drywall, not mentioning that their walls are nearly two decades old. Discoloration, cotton in the walls and poor aesthetics are just some of the reasons that should prompt you to get your years old drywall replaced.

The Process of Replacement

Professional Assessment

When in doubt, seek professional advice. A certified contractor can evaluate the condition of your drywall, providing insights into whether repairs or replacement is the best course of action.

DIY vs. Professional Replacement

Deciding between a do-it-yourself project and hiring professionals depends on the extent of the damage. While minor issues can be tackled by homeowners, extensive damage requires skilled hands.

Conclusion

We hope this article gives you a look into the signs to help replace your drywall. If you’re somewhere in Tucson reading this, we’ve got special discounts on drywall replacement service anywhere in the area. Give us a call!

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