Drywall, also called gypsum boards, are panels used to make ceilings and interior walls. Drywall sheets can be made of paper or fiberglass. Drywall sheets made of fiberglass are better because they prevent mold growth unlike a paper based sheet. Using drywall for construction is faster than plaster based techniques. Drywalling your bathroom is different from drywalling the other places in your house like the kitchen and living room only because you will need to use a different type of drywall. Drywalls help you achieve a smooth and clean surface. To drywall your bathroom, follow the steps below.
- Water gets everywhere in the bathroom that’s why you need to choose a drywall that prevents molding. When buying a drywall, ask for a moisture and water resistant drywall. Mold grows in wet walls.
- The standard size of drywall is 8x4 feet. Use this size so that you will be able to carry it. Bigger size drywalls are heavy. The standard size is good enough for your bathroom. Drywalls can even come up to 16 feet. But drywalls this size are usually used for very high ceilings. Big drywalls are usually used by commercial builders using their professional equipments.
- Drywalls used for interior walls are usually half-inch thick. There is a thinner drywall, which is one-quarter inch thick and is usually used for curved surfaces. Fire resistant drywalls are thicker with one-quarter inch thickness. If you installed a drywall in other areas in your house before, you will not be having difficulties installing because it’s the same as installing drywall in the bathroom except for the drywall type which should be water and moisture resistant as mentioned on the first part of this article.
- Get the materials needed such as drywall screws, a drill, joint compound and joint tape. Work will be faster if your materials are ready instead of getting the materials one at a time when needed.
- Measure the drywall to fit in the wall. Once fitted, screw the drywall along the studs. If there are areas with irregular cuts or special cuts, it’s best to double check on the size to make sure they fit. It’s better to check twice than cut a piece that doesn’t fit.
- Continue with the steps until the whole wall is covered with drywall. Get a trowel and apply a coat of joint compound on the joints of the drywall then apply joint tape. Once the joints of the drywall dry up, apply another coat of joint compound over the joint tape. Apply joint compound on the screws as well.
- If the joint compound is completely dry, use a sander to make sure the joints and screw areas are smooth. Spray texture evenly on the wall if you want to add texture then go on with painting the walls. If you don’t want to add texture, skip the step and continue with painting the walls.
Installing drywall in your bathroom by yourself will surely save you money. This can also give you a sense of pride knowing that you made it on your own!