Is Level 4 drywall finish the best?
By: Construction DesignWorks, LLC
As a commercial building contractor, we take pride in turning over the highest quality product we can regardless if it is a ground up construction or commercial tenant finish. The mechanical systems need to work properly and the lights need to provide enough illumination to create a comfortable work environment.
Definition of a Level 4 drywall finish
If the final decoration is to be a flat paint, light texture or lightweight wall covering, a Level 4 drywall finish is recommended.
Special attention should be paid to long corridors, large areas of wall, and large/multiple windows when specifying Level 4, because these areas are potential areas of concern in achieving acceptable wall finishes and may need to be specified appropriately.
Definition of a Level 5 finish
Level 5 finish is recommended for areas where severe lighting conditions exist and areas that are to receive gloss, semi-gloss, enamel or non-textured flat paints. Level 5 requires all the operations in Level 4. Additionally, a thin skim coat of joint compound, or material manufactured especially for this purpose, is applied to the entire surface.
A thorough explanation of "skim coat" is given in the comments section of GA-214-10. "A skim coat of joint compound is intended to conceal small imperfections in joints and on the surface of the gypsum board, smooth the texture of the paper, minimize differences in surface porosity, and create a more uniform surface to which the final decoration can be applied."
The Level 5 finish is required to achieve the highest degree of quality by providing a uniform surface and minimizing the possibility of joint photographing and/or fasteners showing through the final decoration.
About Construction DesignWorks, LLC
Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design and construction expertise to create and develop a winning design-build team that is specialized for each customer. Their complete turnkey building solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, LLC is located at 6657 Woodland Drive in Shawnee, Kansas. If you are looking for commercial building contractors in Kansas City or for more information about interior design-build, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website http://constructiondesignworks.net.