Installing Drywall near Windows

Drywall is the most frequently used substance for walls, and is actually a compound of calcium sulfate that has been ground at the factory into a fine powder. They add moisture to the calcium sulfate powder to form a paste.

The paste is then pressed flat between two sheets of paper and allowed to harden and dry. Installing drywall near windows is not as complicated as it might first appear. Follow these tips and you should do fine with installing drywall near windows.

Sizes

Drywall is sold in sheets of various lengths and thicknesses from your local dealer. It is important for installing drywall near windows that you purchase shorter length sheets or cut the longer ones and preferably use the ¼ inch thickness. If you use too thick of drywall near windows you increase the chances of cracking and breaking later in the material.

Screws

Many people are under the misconception that nailing is best for drywall projects. Nails can cause splitting, cracking and even holes in drywall material.

It is best to use 1 5/8 inch drywall screws. Screws should be placed every 12 inches on the drywall and against the existing wall studs for the best possible hold. It is easiest to purchase or rent a screw gun for drywall projects.

Window Frame Studs

Drywall must be screwed and secured to the wall studs in your home. Near windows it is important to find the closest studs available to secure the drywall. You will need to measure the entire area near the window to ensure that you have enough drywall cut for the project.

Remove Window Frames

The best way to insure that the drywall is hung properly near windows is to remove the window frames. After the project is complete, you will need to put the window frames back in place on top of the drywall that you install.

Clean the Studs

Remove all nails, debris and other material from the studs. You need perfectly clean and dry studs to secure the drywall.

Floor Upwards

You will want to allow approximately 1 to 2 inches of space between the bottom of the drywall sheet and the floor. This will allow you room to add flooring later to your project. If you already have flooring installed, you can hang the drywall flush with the existing flooring.

Mounting the drywall with every the drywall screws should be done every 10 to 12 inches going from the floor upwards. You will then secure in additional spaces once you have done the first set of screws.

Avoid Seams

Avoid seams as much as possible when installing drywall near windows. Seams will crack, split and chip near the windows. Have the dry as flush to the window frame area as possible. This area will be covered when you replace the window frames after completing the drywall part of the project.

Using the same technique as the rest of the wall, you should tape and mud the outside seam farthest away from the window frame. You can also apply a thin layer of mud over the area where the window frame will be covering.

After the drywall is hung, sand the mud and tape area before replacing the window frames. The outside edge will be sanded and treated as the other sections of the drywall project.

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