New Construction

With new construction drywall contractors, there are many factors that can have a large impact on your home. First and foremost, you need to be concerned about crew size. How many workers does your project require?

Crew Size

Each and every day counts. If your construction financing expense is $30 to $60 dollars a day. Extra days or weeks add up quickly! How many days should you budget for new construction? A house that has up to 2,500 sq. ft. should take 8 to 10 working days (with adequate heat). For houses over 2,500 sq. ft. you will want to budget 10 to 12 working days.

Each drywall installer can hang around 25 pieces of drywall (4ftx12ft) per day. That is a good average. For vaulted ceilings or rooms that require a lot of cutting (pipes, mechanical, etc), the production rate will drop. If the rooms are very easy (flat ceilings, no vaults, not a lot of cutting) the production rate will increase. 40 pieces of rock per guy per day is not uncommon. What about drywall finishers in new construction? How many do you need?

The crew size for drywall finishers is not as important. Why? Drywall finish is a process, that requires certain steps. Each step needs to dry before you can start the next one. Therefore a smaller crew (compared to the installers) can accomplish the same job. A typical drywall finisher (journeyman) can finish between 1,500 sq ft and 2,000 sq ft per day. The same factors apply to the finishers. Vaults, pipes, mechanical, can slow down production. What about the spray crew, the guys who apply the texture?

Texture Crew

Depending on the type of finish (texture, smooth, or a special hand finish) you want to make sure that your new construction Portland drywall contractor has a spray machine. A spray crew of two to three guys can texture a house in a day. If they do not have a spray rig, and have to use a hopper, it will take several days. Also, the texture will be inconsistent. What about warranty or repair work?

Patch and Repair Crews

Qualified patch and repair crews for new construction are mandatory! What happens if your electrician forgets to set your can light or electrical fixture in the right area and has to move it after the drywall is finished? You need a quality patch and repair person to fix it. Always ask your residential portland drywall contractor about their patch and repair crews. How many repair crews do they have? How many years of experience do they have? Do they have references or examples of their work? These are all questions you will want to ask before you hire your new construction drywall contractor.

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