Although drywall finishing might seem less daunting than it is, there are a set of standards that the gypsum industry has established. Our team of professionals are highly trained and capable of performing the five levels of drywall finishing. Each step of the process is required.
Although the job is not difficult, it’s possible for anyone to meet the basic requirements. The process includes smoothing the edges and sanding the mud. This task requires a lot skill. The drywall must be smooth and flat. If you have the right person to do the job, there is no reason to be concerned about wall textures or colors being uneven.
A drywall finish hides the joints and creates a smooth, level surface throughout your home or business’ interior. We will briefly explain the five levels that are standard in the drywall and gypsum industries to give you more information about the process.
Although it is often referred to as a five-level process by most, there are actually six steps. This is because we begin at level zero. Level zero drywall does not require any finishing or taping. This finish level is intended for temporary construction projects and does not require any final decisions regarding wall decoration.
The next step is level one. This includes a single coat and a tape set. The tape is applied by professionals to all joints and angles. If included in the project, this process may also include sound and smoke control protocols. Drywall level 1 is used for areas above ceilings, attics and hidden portions of buildings.
Level 2 requires a double-coated joint compound. This covers every joint, interior angle and fastener head as well as any other wall accessories. The third level of drywall is embedding tape in joint compounds and applying an additional coating. This type of finish is usually used before final painting on interior residential homes.
Two coats of drywall finish four joint compound are required to be applied on flat joints. This finish is used by workers for walls with flat paints, wall coverings, and light textures. These are not recommended for semi-gloss and gloss finishes.
The fifth level has a thin coat of joint compound applied to the entire surface. Professionals consider this level to be the best quality finish. For any texture, such as gloss, semi-gloss or enamel, drywall level five is recommended by the industry.