Rochester Drywall is the premier provider of top-quality drywall services, stucco services, and EIFS services in the Rochester, MN area. Rochester Drywall offers interior help with drywall installation and drywall repair for new and existing structures. Rochester Drywall also offers exterior help with stucco installation, stucco repair, EIFS installation, and EIFS repair. Whether your project involves new construction, home remodeling, or a simple repair project that calls for a drywall contractor, stucco contractor, or EIFS contractor, Rochester Drywall is happy to help.
Commercial and Residential Drywall Services
Drywall, also called "sheetrock" or "wallboard," is little more than a slab of gypsum sandwiched between two layers of thick paper. This is what makes it fragile and in frequent need of repair. One of the most common questions we answer at Rochester Drywall is "if drywall is so fragile, is it easy to install and repair?" The simple answer is "yes"...but that's because we know our profession! The fragility of sheetrock does have an upside: it makes it possible to quickly mount drywall to the building's wooden framework with drywall screws or nails. The thick drywall paper allows drywall screws and nails to fully bed into the wallboard instead of protruding out from the wall. This is crucial if your drywall project is to have that smooth, finished look of a professional drywall repair job.
Not all drywall repair jobs are equal, however. Flaws in the building's wooden framework may make it necessary for even the best drywall installers to use laser levels, shims, and other techniques to ensure that the sheetrock does not flex inward or bow outward. This results in a drywall installation that is flush, ensuring a smooth, flat drywall surface that will look beautiful once painted. Ridges, large bulges, and cracks in the wallboard surface, however, suggest poor craftsmanship. To avoid these and other problems, consult with an expert drywall company like Rochester Drywall so that you can be assured of a drywall job well done.
"But there's no such thing as perfection!", you might say. This is true, and not all drywall jobs require absolute perfection, either. A rough finish may work in attics, crawl spaces, or industrial settings on some commercial drywall jobs where looks are less important. Tool marks and some visibility of joints and fasteners do not always indicate substandard work, especially if the surface is reasonably flat and smooth. A living room drywall repair or master bedroom drywall repair, however, requires Rochester Drywall's much greater attention to quality and detail. A great drywall company will use extra layers of joint compound to ensure a smooth finish, and will sometimes use a specially formulated thin layer of joint compound (this is called "skim coating") to ensure a flawless surface on residential drywall jobs. An expert drywall contractor will often finish the job by applying a primer which, once cured, allows the wallboard to be painted in a way that suits the space.
Traditional stucco is little more than a plaster-like compound made of lime, Portland cement, and water (although it is worth mentioning that stucco and plaster are not quite the same thing). Used as an exterior finish, stucco is applied over a fine yet strong wire mesh that sits over a moisture barrier. Rochester Drywall understands the unique demands that Minnesota's cold winters and humid summers place on exterior stucco. Once the mixture is fully set, a finish layer is applied to give the stucco its color and texture (this is called "stucco finishing").
Modern stucco is mostly the same as traditional stucco, with the major difference being that today's Portland cement is often fiber-reinforced. This results in a stronger compound and a faster, simpler installation since the "scratch" and "finish" coats of yesteryear are now combined into one step. Rochester Drywall realizes how important it is for commercial and residential stucco installation and repair to be both affordable and based on high-quality materials.
Hybrid stucco is similar to modern stucco in a number of ways, especially with regard to how it looks. It is often impossible for even the most experienced professionals to tell which is which simply by looking at it. However, there are three major differences: First, instead of being applied to a layer of wire mesh that sits on top of a moisture barrier, hybrid stucco is applied directly over insulation boards. Second, instead of using a dry compound that is mixed with water and applied like plaster, hybrid stucco starts off as a liquid mixture that often uses an acrylic (or other synthetic) base that provides its water-resistant properties. At Rochester Drywall, we know how the unique demands of your product relate to our choice of material. The third and final difference is that hybrid stucco tends to be significantly more costly than typical modern stucco, although the cost difference can be worthwhile for some projects given its waterproofness and crack resistance.
EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finish System) Services
Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS) are made of a base layer of either extruded polystyrene or expanded polystyrene (think styrofoam on steroids) that the finish is applied to. Much like stucco, the finish consists of a layer of fine wire or fiberglass mesh that the base coat is applied onto. Once the base coat is set, the EIFS contractor applies a finish coat to give the EIFS a look and feel that is very similar to the look and feel of stucco. Rochester Drywall knows the special demands of certain design elements like archways and decorative accents for which stucco may be impractical, and many of our stucco services and EIFS installations involve a conversation about which is better to use where.
There are two major categories of EIFS: class PM and class PB. Class PM uses a smoother, more compression-resistant extruded polystyrene base layer that allows greater flexibility in choosing what reinforcing mesh to use for the base coat. Class PB is used in the vast majority of EIFS installations today, and uses an expanded polystyrene base layer that resembles a stronger version of bead board foam. You can count on Rochester Drywall to help you understand the differences and make the right choice about what kind of EIFS installation will work for you.
Most people, experienced stucco contractors and EIFS contractors included, can't tell the difference between stucco and EIFS just by looking. And that's okay! Rochester Drywall can help with that, too. There are two ways to tell whether you have a stucco exterior or an EIFS exterior. The first way is to simply knock on the finish. The polystyrene boards used in EIFS will compress and rebound, resulting in a hollow sound. Stucco systems, on the other hand, do not compress and rebound. The result here will be a solid sound a bit like knocking on a smooth rock. Some PM EIFS surfaces sound very solid during the "knock test," however, so if you are not yet sure, you can use the second test. Press your thumb against the finish, and if it deflects or bends, the finish is EIFS.
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