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FAQ

Drywall

How do you protect my home from the dust created by sanding drywall?

We put plastic up to seal off the room(s) from the rest of the house but it’s a messy phase of drywall installation.  We use a shop vacuum to sweep up as much of the dust as we can.  We aim to leave your house as clean as possible.

How long does it take to complete a drywall job?

Most jobs can be hung in a day or two, and then another 5 or 6 days are needed on the finishing side because the spackle applications have to dry properly.  Air temperature and humidity all affect the drying time.

If I call you with water damage to my drywall, how fast can you come out?

If your drywall has been damaged by water, we can be out to give you an estimate within 24-48 hours and we can repair it within 72-96 hours.

Why can I see some seams after I primed my drywall?

There are seams showing because we finish the drywall according to the lighting conditions that exist the day(s) that we are working.  After priming, if you see seams, give us a call and we will come back and fix them, which is something that separates us from our competition.  The nice thing about using DiCarlo Construction Services for painting as well as drywall is that our painters can do the repairs themselves while they are on the job.

Why do nail pops happen and what should I do about them?

Nail pops happen because the new framing in the room or house is going through temperature changes.  Studies have shown that wood can move up to 15-20% during the different seasons of the year. That’s why we recommend not to do custom color painting for at least a year after drywall installation.

To repair the nail pop, bang the nail back in with the end of your spackle knife, and apply spackle over the area.  90% of nail pops shouldn’t reappear but some may return.

Insulation

Does spray foam insulation cost more than traditional roll insulation?

Spray foam insulation does cost more upfront, but in the long term you will make your money back with reduced heating and cooling costs. It’s not a glamorous upgrade, but it is one of the the few upgrades that can save you money.

Why should I use closed cell spray foam insulation?

Closed cell insulation is more expensive than open cell or roll insulation but it is the most efficient insulation that you can buy, and you will save in the long run on heating and cooling costs.  Here are some additional benefits:

  • Closed cell spray foam insulation has an R value of 6.9/inch, which is nearly twice the R-value of any other insulation including open-cell foam.
  • It’s impermeable to water which makes it best for crawl spaces and any wall assemblies below flood elevation.
  • At a thicknesses of greater than 2”, its permeability rating drops below 1.0, making it a Class 2 vapor retarder.
  • It’s air-impermeable, which not only seals framing cavities but eliminates the need for ventilation in certain attics and roof assemblies.
  • It’s much better suited for and more easily installed when insulating irregularly shaped cavities.
  • Adds structural rigidity to an area.
  • Not a food source for any type of vermin and does not support mold or mildew growth.
  • It neither contains nor emits any VOC’s, and is generally considered to be more “green” because its production and disposal have less of an impact on the environment.