What You'll Get
Choose between Two Options
- $949 for installation of 12’x12’ four 1/2-inch painted crown molding ($1,200 value)
- $1,100 for installation of 12’x12’ four 1/2-inch stained crown molding ($1,500 value)
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 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per address. Appointment required, subject to availability. Homeowner must be present at time of service. Paint or stain is not included; customer must provide paint or stain. Additional options available for a charge, to be paid directly to merchant; call for questions. Ceilings higher than 9' will be subject to additional charge. Painted molding is $8.50 per additional foot. Stained molding is $10.00 per additional foot. Valid within 30 miles of zip code 60123. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Mike Lloyd Construction
The projects at Mike Lloyd Construction are a lot like new haircuts or outfits. While only updating a single element, the makeovers can drastically change the subject's overall look. For Lloyd's team, that means remodeling or building decks, sunrooms, bathrooms, or other elements of homes—but only after they work closely with clients to come up with the design. The experts also can tackle more subtle projects such as crown molding or in-floor heating, the perfect deterrent for door-to-door snowmen.