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The finished appearance of a drywall wall or ceiling is largely dependent upon the quality and care exercised in applying the drywall installation and finish. Wall and ceiling areas near large windows, areas flooded with artificial or natural lighting and long hallways require special consideration in the drywall finish to ensure minor surface imperfections don’t jump out as major flaws. Without careful attention to detail, these conditions can often be overlooked by inexperienced contractors. TASCH PAINTING COMPANY has “been there, done that” and we have the projects to prove it!Our customers have come to expect a certain level of quality and TASCH PAINTING COMPANY always delivers!
TASCH drywall repair and finishing techniques follow the recommendations for the different levels of gypsum board (drywall) finishes as specified by five major trade associations:
Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries International (AWCI)
Ceilings and Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA)
Gypsum Association (GA)
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA)
Drywall Finishing Council (DWFC)
To insure that our clients always receive the level of finish for gypsum walls and ceilings, TASCH PAINTING COMPANY will review the specifications onsite to be certain the expectations of the design team and the Owner are being met.
Architectual specifications typically include references to the different levels of drywall finish. To help our clients better understand the finishes available to them, we’ve outlined a brief description with corresponding images below:
Level 0 is used in temporary construction or if final decoration is undetermined. No taping or finishing is required.
A Level 1 finish is recommended in areas that would generally be concealed from public traffic. The joint tape isn’t covered with joint compound. Level 1 is often specified in service corridors and attics. In some geographic areas this level is often referred to simply as “fire-taping”.
Warehouse and storage areas are often designated to have a Level 2 finish. In a Level 2 finish, all of the joints and interior angles are taped, covered with joint compound and wiped with a joint knife. Joint compound is applied over all fastener heads and beads, and, like Level 1, our team will remove the excess joint compound, but there may still be a few ridges or tool marks.
Areas that will have a texture application or heavy-grade wall coverings often require a Level 3 finish. In level 3, more time is spent on the finish to ensure the joint compound is smooth, without tool marks or ridges. In a Level 3 finish, a coat of drywall primer is added before the final finishes are applied. Level 3 is a higher quality finish, but is not recommended for smooth painted surfaces, light textures, or light- to medium-weight wall coverings.
When the project calls for flat paint, light texture or lightweight wall covering, a Level 4 finish is recommended. In level 4, we apply two separate coats of joint compound over all of the flat joints and one coat over the interior angles. The fastener heads and accessories are covered with three coats of joint compound, and everything will be smooth and free of tool marks and ridges, and coated with a drywall primer.
Level 5 finish is recommended for areas with strong lighting and where gloss, semi-gloss, enamel or non-textured flat paints will be used. Level 5 requires all the operations in Level 4, but will add a thin skim coat to the entire surface to conceal any small imperfections and to achieve the highest degree of quality.
Many competitors either fail to review specifications or are unable to achieve them due to lack of experience in the trade. This can create situations where an entire project can be delayed at a substantial cost to the Owner. At TASCH PANITING COMPANY we avoid these costly errors by carefully reviewing the specifications for every project and only employing top notch tradesmen. A quality finish is our job, it’s what we do!
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