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What Type of Joint Compound is Right for Your Project?

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Choosing the right joint compound is easier than you think!

If you’re tackling a project at home, you might be in the habit of reaching for the same joint compound every time. However, depending on the exact parameters of your project, the same joint compound might not be one size fits all. Here are some of the most common types of joint compound for your drywall project so that you can choose the right one every time!

Pre-Mixed Joint Compounds

Pre-mixed joint compounds are typically made to be air-dried. They are perfect for projects where you need time to work with the material and don’t want to be rushed. This type of joint compound is ideal for working on entire rooms and you can store it in sealed plastic buckets for long periods of time without it dropping in quality or efficiency.

All Purpose Joint Compounds

These joint compounds can, as the name implies, be used for just about anything during the drywall finishing process. They aren’t always the best choice depending on your needs, but if you want to reach for one every time this would be your best bet.

Lightweight Finishing Compound

As the name implies, lightweight finishing compounds are lighter in weight and density than other types of finishing compounds. They work well as a final coat because they are very easy to sand down. This joint compound is often used as the last step or in addition to other types of joint compounds.

Ready to Mix Joint Compounds

These compounds are usually purchased in powder form and then mixed immediately before you need to use them. They set more quickly, are harder, and are generally trickier to sand. Since they set so quickly, they work very well for repairs and experienced professionals who can get the job done right the first time. Ready to mix joint compounds for drywall typically release heat as they set to speed the process up.


Ready For the Right Joint Compound for Your Home?

Regardless of the reason why you want your home insulated, Absolute Drywall Construction can help. We have a team of experienced expert contractors who can complete any and all of your drywall, construction, insulation installation, cabinetry, and painting needs. We are based in Gaithersburg, MD and we serve the entire Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. For a free quote, give us a call at (301) 977-0218 or visit us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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