How do I prep walls before adding splashbacks?
Renovation most often includes areas you may not consider in your bathroom and kitchen updates. Splashbacks being one area, which can make all the difference. If you have drywall in your home, this is all the more crucial because of moisture soaking into your walls.
You can either dive right in or attempt it yourself, or you can enlist the help of a local handyman to do the job properly. Either way, it does need doing correctly, because the slightest thing wrong will show in the finished results.
New drywall in your Charlotte NC home
Like any renovation, you will need to cover the area surrounding the work surfaces or counter tops. To do this, you need lots of tape and plastic sheeting. Any home renovation contractors will be used to this and know exactly which areas to cover. It is also advisable to line the floors with cardboard in case you happen to drop a hammer.
- Thoroughly inspect the drywall and make sure someone screws them to the studs.
- Seal joints using drywall tape and compoundand then allow drying. Sand the areas with a medium grit sandpaper while sucking up the dust with a vacuum. The smooth finish is crucial and can be the hardest in DIY. A local handyman will get a near perfect finish.
- Wipe with a damp cloth to remove remaining dust. Allow to dry.
- Prime the area to seal your new drywall. Prime a larger area than you will tile. This minimizes cutting in work when painting the remainder of the room.
Drywall installed before renovation by a local contractor
A handyman would follow these simple steps when using previously installed drywall in your Charlotte NC home.
- Remove moldings, switch plates, electrical outlet covers and other accessories attached to the area to be tiled.
- Scrape all paint, loose wallpaper or anything else on the surface.
- Wipe to remove dust, oil, or grease with the correct cleaner. A local contractor will know exactly what to use. Allow the wall to dry completely.
- Fill cracks and holes before sanding smooth. Use medium-grained sandpaper until smooth. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove dust and allow drying.
- Seal the surface and let it dry. Prime as before to save cutting in once they do the tiling.
Finishing the renovation for your splash back
The layout for the finished product is important. Find the middle of your area and tile outward from that point. This delivers better uniformity on both sides and it will center your splashbacks.
In addition, check the edge of the back of the sink, stove or your work surface/ countertop is level.
If not, you will see why a local contractor is better to do the job because you will need to cut the tiles to compensate for unevenness. Old houses are much harder to work with, and home renovation experts will make sure they do correctly the job.
Handyman services in Charlotte NC make simple work of drywall
Drywall can be used in all manner of rooms around the home. It is easy to fit, and durable unless something hits it hard. When it comes to renovation where there is water, you do need to err on the side of caution.
It is far better to seek the assistance of professionals when working in these moist environments.
To make sure you have a watertight area of drywall, you can contact RCB Construction Management because the pros there have been working with drywall for decades. They understand what it takes to have all your tiling central and level to any feature where you have your splashbacks.