Walls and ceilings are usually part of a Seattle remodeling project of any size. Both walls and ceilings have the potential to have, finish trim, electrical devices and plumbing fixtures so choosing the appropriate finish materials for the room is important when planning your Seattle remodeling project. In other words, having painted drywall walls and painted drywall ceiling with wood box beams in a shower isn’t a good idea and if your Seattle remodeling contractor suggests otherwise, it’s time to re-evaluate. I’ll go over drywall finishes first.
There are 6 levels of drywall finish. Out of levels 0-5, only 2-5 really get used in practice. Level 2 is what most remodeling contractors call “fire taped”. The drywall is basically unfinished but has been taped at all it joints and fasteners have been covered. This level is usually used in remodeling a garage, mechanical room or where the fire rating of the wall needs the assembly but the drywall will not be the visible finished material. Level 3 is us textured drywall. The drywall is finished to a level where there are still imperfections that are visible. Then the drywall is then textured which hides the imperfections. Level 4 and 5 finishes are both for smooth wall applications. Level 4 is a fairly flawless finish but does not treat the entire surface of the drywall where level 5 coats the entire surface of the drywall making it more appropriate for high sheen paints or other finishes. Level 4 is the most common when looking at a smooth drywall finish in a home. Most Seattle remodeling contractors will match the existing drywall finish unless it’s all new or will all be demolished. So the wall or ceiling paint or coating determines the level of drywall finish and the level of drywall finish affects the cost. Thus it is helpful to let your Seattle remodeling contractor know the finished look for each room to be able to get real pricing. More on walls and ceilings next week.
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