Drywall is one of the most used buildings materials in the world due to its versatility, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. Having the correct technique and conditions are vital to a successful construction with drywall, here are some things to consider.
One of the most common mistakes when installing drywall is not considering temperature and humidity during installation. Extreme temperatures and high relative humidity can interrupt slow evaporation of water from the compound. This slow evaporation leads to starved seams, shrinkage along seams and increased days between coats. The nature of this material requires very specific conditions to ensure its longevity and robustness after the addition of a final coat.
Ideal conditions for installing drywall
Problems with installing drywall in inappropriate climatic conditions become especially costly when discovered after coating the surface. So, what are the ideal conditions when installing drywall? Generally, the ideal temperature before, during and 48 hours after the installation of drywall is 12°C. Different manufacturers may recommend slightly different temperatures for their blend. In any case, temperatures should not fall below 10°C or exceed 35°C. Relative humidity should be maintained around 50%. Higher humidity causes slow evaporation and a potential shift in timing, which results in other critical paths.
Successful installation of drywall leads to timely project completion
With drywall being a versatile foundation in modern construction, proper installation of the material is paramount to ensuring projects are completed on time. If damage occurs during the curing process due to inappropriate conditions, it can derail the entire construction schedule. Delayed completion of drywall installation can be an intensifying problem, delaying other critical paths in the construction process and increasing the likelihood of liquidated damage.
Ensure Proper Drywall Installation with Polygon
Polygon is a leading provider of temporary building climate equipment solutions and remote monitoring, ensuring drying occurs in optimum conditions. Building HVAC systems cannot provide the level of control necessary for installing drywall. A Polygon expert will fit out your site with an engineered solution of desiccant dehumidifiers, heaters, and air conditioning to achieve the exact conditions needed for drywall installation. When it comes time to add millwork, concrete, and other materials, Polygon can continue to monitor conditions at your site and keep the project on schedule.
Whether you're an architect, general contractor, or drywall specialist, you know project delays can be costly. With Polygon as your partner, you can install building materials knowing that the work you are doing is supported by the exact climatic conditions necessary for success.
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