We've received a few questions about Drywall Tape. Without tape and drywall compound, cracks will appear on your painted walls and ceiling. There are a lot of different brands and types, as you can see in the above picture.
One of the most confusing aspects of installing drywall and then taping, is knowing how different joint types will look and how they’ll affect the finished wall. The good news is that with a bit of practice, and choosing the right products, it becomes second nature. However, there are still things you need to know before you start your project. And if you’re new to the world of drywall, then this explanation of drywall tape is going to be one of the most important articles you come across. So what exactly is drywall tape? In this article we’ll take you through everything you need to know about using drywall tape in your home or business.
What is Drywall Tape?
Like you, we grew up seeing walls constructed of drywall. Then, along came prefabricated concrete wall panel systems like the popular ICF (Integrated Cellular Concrete System) and SIP (Stud Wall Panel System). These new technologies are fantastic and offer the same benefits of traditional masonry panel systems. But for one reason or another, some people still prefer the look and feel of traditional, tape-based drywall. This is understandable, as traditional drywall (whether executed with tape or sheet) is one of the oldest drywall construction methods. It’s also a popular option for DIYers who want to add drywall in a small, DIY-friendly way. Traditional drywall is also a versatile option, as it can be installed with a single layer of gypsum board, or with two layers of wallboard (interior versus exterior paper or wood).
Why Tape Drywall?
One of the easiest drywall techniques to learn is the use of tape drywall. It’s a simple method of applying drywall that allows you to easily create smooth, professional-looking walls. And with a little practice, you’ll be able to install drywall using only a tape gun and drywall screws. But tape drywall has its own set of advantages. One of these is that it’s a simple way to start creating your own space. In the past, it was common to add a wall to a room to create more space. With tape drywall, you can simply cover a blank wall to create a new room. Another reason to choose tape drywall is that it’s easy to finish. You won’t have to sand and paint the walls like you would with other drywall methods. This means that you can avoid the hassle of sanding and painting the same wall again.
Installation of Tape Drywall
Tape drywall is a great choice if you’re looking to install drywall in a small space. This is because tape drywall can be applied directly to a wall using a drywall machine. The process of installing drywall using tape is simple. You first apply the tape along the wall, then use a roller to press the paper into the wall’s surface. Make sure to press firmly so the paper is firmly pressed into the wall’s surface.
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Pros of Tape Drywall
- It’s Cost Effective - Unlike traditional drywall, which requires a full sheet of drywall installed, tape drywall is great for small spaces. This is because it can be applied using a drywall machine.
- It’s Portable - Another great thing about tape drywall is its portability. You can easily take sheets of it with you and use them to create walls or partitions in other spaces.
- Flexible Options - In addition to the standard options of interior or exterior paper, tape drywall comes with other flexible options like gypsum board and drywall joint compound. This means that you can choose the best option for your installation.
Cons of Tape Drywall
- Difficult to Install - Like any drywall installation method, tape drywall requires some practice and skill. But once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll be able to install drywall with ease.
- Difficult to Finish - Tape drywall can be difficult to finish. This is because you’ll need to use joint compound to cover the wall and then apply a finish. But if you don’t seal the joint compound properly, it may become very difficult to finish with a finish.
- Limited Types of Materials - Another thing to keep in mind about tape drywall is the fact that it offers only a few types of materials. This means that it’s not a good choice if you want to create a large, open space.
The drywall installation process can be a daunting task. From deciding what kind of drywall to use, to working out the best way to install it, and even, finishing it off is a daunting task in and of itself. With so many options, it’s easy to get lost in the process and end up with a sub-par job. What’s more, it can be expensive as well, which can be a major drag.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier, and cheaper, as well. One of the most important things you can do is to choose the right kind of drywall for your installation. By choosing a method that is more suited to your needs, you’ll be able to enjoy a successful drywall installation process.