What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $99 for painting for three hours or one 10x12 room ($200 value)
- $195 for painting for six hours or two 10x12 rooms ($400 value)
Valid Monday-Friday, between 8am-4pm only.
Are Your Walls Plaster or Drywall?: How to Tell
When preparing to paint or remodel, you’ll want to know what you’re working with. If you’re not sure whether your walls are drywall or plaster, read on for tips on how to tell.
Ask their age: Plaster walls tend to be found in older homes. The first forms of drywall were patented in the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until the housing boom of the 1950s that drywall—that is, thin panels of gypsum-based plaster sandwiched between two stiff pieces of paper—began to take off, and over the next few decades it became the industry standard. It’s not impossible that a newer, custom-built house might have plaster walls: some people prefer the texture and solidity of plaster, but the plastering process is several times as costly and can take weeks to fully dry.
Make some noise: Plaster is thicker and denser than drywall, making it substantially more soundproof. Knocking on a plaster wall will produce a dull thud and feel almost rocklike to the hand, like a drum filled with cement. Drywall will sound hollow, and you shouldn’t knock too hard: it’s more fragile than plaster, such that another test is to press a pushpin into an inconspicuous area. If it slides right in, it’s likely drywall.
Look inside: Unscrew an air vent or an electrical outlet cover, give a loud yell to scare away any flying squirrels that might be in there, and peer into the depths of your wall. Drywall will typically be half an inch thick, with paint applied directly to its surface, and you may be able to spy the backing paper. If, however, you see wood slats (called lath) or wire mesh supporting a thick, possibly crumbly looking substance, it’s plaster. You might even find a combination of the two: veneer plaster supports a thinner layer of plaster with drywall-like gypsum boards.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Appointment required. Valid only within 20 miles of zip code 06473. Additional charge for customers more than 20 miles outside of service area. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per household. Valid only for option purchased. Offer valid Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm only. Additional charge for ceilings over 8ft. Additional charge for repairs. Homeowners must provide the paint. Limit 1 color per room. Additional fee applies for accent walls. $35 extra fee for bathrooms and/or kitchens. $45 extra charge for each additional hour, billed on the half hour. May be repurchased every 30 days. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Future Finish
If owning a home is one of life's great joys, then painting that same home is one of the annoyances that makes that joy a little dimmer. Enter the technicians at Future Finish. Armed with Armorex HB liquid siding, they protect existing paint jobs from the wind and weather while maintaining the house's lasting aesthetic value. They also specialize in more traditional services, including interior and exterior painting, sheetrock hanging, and water damage repair.