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How to Choose Between Repairing & Replacing Drywall


By Senior Hand – Handyman Services

Mar 24, 2021

In the majority of modern homes and offices, drywall is used for interior walls and ceilings. Constructed from layers of plaster and paper, it comes in sheets cut to size as needed. In most cases, this material can be repaired or replaced due to an accident or pests, depending on how extensive the damage is. No matter what you choose, it’s best to have professional contractors handle it. Here’s a closer look at how to decide on new drywall or a patch.

How Does Drywall Get Damaged?

Drywall isn’t impervious to damage because of its composition—it can have dents, dings, cracks, and holes due to impact from daily activities and natural occurrences, such as earthquakes and soil movement. Sometimes, pressure from misplaced seams around windows and doors can weaken the drywall.

Moisture, mold, and pests are also common culprits behind drywall damage. Since one of its base materials is plaster, the drywall may deform, crumble, or collapse if exposed to high moisture levels from flooding, busted pipes, or roof leaks. Mold may thrive on it when the core retains water, creating an ideal environment for hazardous fungal growth. Drywall can also attract termites and rodents that feed on its cellulose components as they seek out wood or build nests.  

When to Repair Drywall


Professional contractors can repair damaged drywall, but its cost will depend on the extent of the damage. Small holes may be quickly patched with compound, while larger or clustered holes will likely require new drywall sheets to cover up the wide gaps. Once the compound is dry, contractors will sand the patchwork and paint over it to create a seamless finish.

You can also opt to repair cracks and chips on the drywall since these only require basic materials like drywall plaster or tape, sandpaper, and touch-up paint. However, consider having your home assessed for possible structural issues.

When to Replace Drywall

Sometimes, drywall damage is too extensive for repairs. In the case of moisture damage or mold growth, which could trigger respiratory issues in some people, it’s safer to replace the entire wall or ceiling than perform patchwork fixes.

With water damage and fungal growth, general contractors must address the likely cause first before putting up the replacement wall; otherwise, the same issue will continue plaguing the area. Replacing drywall is often more expensive but beneficial in the long run, especially if the material has been in place for many years.

Whether you repair or replace your drywall, leave the work to the professional contractors at Senior Hand. Proudly serving the community throughout Columbia, MO, they’ve provided top-notch construction and home improvement services, including household repairs, for over 15 years. Get in touch with these trusted general contractors at (573) 489-6058 or visit them online to learn more about their services.

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