There are a number of reasons you may want to texture your drywall. The first is to cover up imperfections in the drywall itself. You may also do it to add an interesting look or dimension to your wall.
Beyond these practical and aesthetic choices, it’s worth considering that textured drywall may attract more dust, could be more difficult to clean and can chip off easily, taking the paint with it.
Chat with a drywall texturing specialist to learn more about your options and get free estimates.
There are plenty of interesting drywall textures beyond the smooth eggshell look. Some common ones include:
- Popcorn ceiling, which features rounded knobs that are great for sound dampening and covering up repair work.
- Orange peel texture features a slightly wrinkled surface like an orange peel.
- Comb texture creates a series of stacked, curved grooves.
- Stomp brush texture is formed by driving a loaded mud brush against the wall and pulling it away.
- Skip trowel technique is also popular and leaves a unique, uneven surface that resembles stucco.
Talk to drywall texturing professionals to figure out which type is right for you.
Pros may need to obtain a license to fix and install drywall. It’s always worth checking with your local government about whether a drywall company or contractor has to be licensed before they work on your project.
A general contractor, handyman or a drywall contractor (or company) can usually install and repair drywall. It’s recommended that you call one of these types of pros when your drywall needs to be repaired, such as after a plumber or electrician has completed their work.
Look up local pros online and compare their profiles, paying extra attention to their ratings, reviews, experience and list of services. Contact three to five pros to get cost estimates for your project.
A drywall contractor focuses on drywall. If you want to install insulation (or upgrade your existing installation), you should hire an insulation contractor. It's possible that your drywall contractor may be able to offer basic insulation services, but for more advanced insulation installation (such as spray foam), go with a professional who specializes in this.
The best way to find a good drywall contractor is by searching for the top-rated contractors near you on Thumbtack. View their ratings, and read their reviews to see how they did on past drywall projects. Pay attention to the photos uploaded by the customers and contractors, so you can analyze their quality of work.
After you found a few contractors you like, ask them for price quotes. For more tips on how to hire contractors, read our in-depth guide.