Frequently Asked Questions

What is drywall and what is it used for?

Drywall is a material used for construction. It is made of a sheet of gypsum covered on both sides with a paperboard backing and a paper facing. Drywall  is used to build walls and ceilings in both commercial and residential structures. It is found in the interior walls of homes and buildings. Drywall is also used to wrap columns in order to conceal steel beams. It is also used to  top off masonry walls above ceilings as it makes for an easy and inexpensive way to do this.  Drywall is used to add fire resistance to both ceilings and walls. It  lets people evacuate safely during an emergency as it contains the spread of the fire. It takes a lot of energy for a fire to burn through the drywall.  Drywall goes by  other names including gypsum board, wallboard, and plasterboard. It is called “drywall” because it does not require water to use it to construct walls and ceilings.

Why does drywall crack?


No one likes to see cracked drywall! Cracks may appear in drywall for many reasons. Some of these reasons may be house settling, poor drywall installation, moisture behind the wall, objects on the wall causing it stress, and cracked paint. While drywall cracks from the normal shrinkage of materials is acceptable, visible gaps in excess of 3mm (1/8″) between walls, ceilings, and cabinets are not acceptable.

As soon as you notice a hairline crack in your drywall you should have it repaired. If the hairline crack is left without being repaired, then the crack may grow into a major problem. This can lead to weakening of the wall, structure, home, or building. It may end up becoming an expensive repair the longer you let it wait.

Can I install drywall myself?

It is possible to hand and finish drywall yourself if you feel comfortable taking on the project and have some experience with drywall work. That being said, it is recommended that unless you have the experience, it is best to stay with the small projects, like patching holes. Leave the bigger projects to the professionals.  When it comes to a project that involves increasing the value of your home, you want to have the job performed with expertise. In that case, it is best to leave the task to the professionals. 

Is it better to repair or replace your drywall?

Whether you need to repair or replace your damaged drywall depends entirely on the amount of drywall damage. For the most part, small holes can be patched. However, if the hole is very large or if there are many holes or if the holes are close together, you may be better off replacing the drywall. If you notice cracks in your drywall, it may indicate a bigger problem. Cracks in the drywall may indicate that there was incorrect installation of the drywall. If that is the case, the drywall should be replaced. Water damage can either be repaired or replaced. This will depend on the amount of damage and if there is mold present.  Call you local drywall experts at Delaware County Drywall for your consultation!