Wall texturing can help define the look and feel of any room, from a rustic skip-trowel to a refined swirl or lace pattern. Even a simple orange peel or knockdown texture adds depth and interest.
Applying interior wall texture requires a great deal of skill and a few specialized tools, such as a spray gun, hopper and air compressor for sprayed-on finishes and various trowels, brushes and knives for creating a hand-troweled style. An experienced pro will discuss drywall texture types with you to help you choose the best finish for your room and your budget.
Your wall texturing contractor can handle the job every step of the way, from cleaning and prepping your wall surfaces to applying new material and cleaning up afterward, leaving your new wall texture ready for paint.
Talk with a pro and get your project started. Whether to finish new drywall or update existing walls, the right texture will add the finishing touch you need for any room.
PLAN AND DETAILS
Your cost will be influenced by the size of your project, condition of your walls and application technique. It usually ranges from $0.50 to $2.00 per square foot. Your pro will explain how the circumstances of your job will affect pricing.
Most drywall texturing projects can be completed in less than a day. However, the size of your project and application technique will affect how much time is needed. For example, a single room may only take a few hours, while a whole-house project can take several days. Drying time and application of paint finishes may also extend the duration of the job.
Ceiling or drywall texturing can add visual interest to a smooth surface or help you achieve a specific design goal. It also provides an economical solution for hiding blemishes on wall surfaces or imperfect drywall taping.
There are a variety of wall texturing techniques which are applied with either hand tools or air-powered sprayers. Textures are created with compounds that adhere to primed drywall or ceiling surfaces. Sprayer applied textures are the most popular. They include knockdown texture, orange peel texture and slapbrush texture. Hand-applied drywall textures are created with a variety of tools, such as a pan and knife, hawk and trowel, rollers or special brushes. Their appearance can vary greatly depending on the application technique and the skill level of the applier. These techniques include double skip texture, Santa-Fe texture, swirl texture and stomp knockdown texture. Hand applied textures are best applied with the help of a pro. Your pro will select the most appropriate primer, texturing compound and application method for the condition of your walls and the aesthetic you are looking to achieve.
Texturing a wall is a difficult and time-consuming process. Achieving a good finish, especially for hand applied textures, is best completed by an experienced pro. Before starting your project, a pro will evaluate the condition of your wall surface and select the best materials for creating the look you prefer.
If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance that lead paint was used in its construction. Scraping, sanding, or removing old paint can release toxic lead dust which can cause serious illness in children and pregnant women. Special handling is required when working with lead-based paints. If lead paint is present in your home, you will need to hire a lead-certified painting contractor or lead abatement contractor. Before getting started with your texturing project, consult your local building authority or visit www.epa.gov for more information.