Drywall Textures – What’s the Difference?

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Drywall Textures – What’s the Difference?

Custom Homes in Colorado Springs by Jayden Homes

Drywall texture comes in a variety of patterns, weights, and application techniques. It is important to the aesthetics of a home because it adds dimension, warmth, and a pleasing appearance. Which one is right for your new home?

There are currently four popular styles of drywall texture:  orange peel, knockdown, hand-troweled, and smooth. The first three have varying degrees of contours, and the last is flat. With orange peel, the mud is applied with a sprayer, and the pattern depends on the amount of mud that is used and the pressure of the air compressor; at Jayden Homes we offer light and medium orange peel.

The application process for knockdown involves spraying the wall using a splatter technique then using a wide knife to knock down and flatten the peaks. We offer light, medium, and heavy options for knockdown. It is a very popular wall texture in new home construction.

Hand texture (light, medium, or heavy) is achieved by applying the mud with a hand trowel. It is very labor-intensive resulting in additional costs. With smooth texture there is very little room for error because it is unforgiving for even minor imperfections, nicks, and dents. It is also more difficult to paint.

Types of texture are often based on geographic location. Hand-troweled is very popular in the southwest part of the country, while knockdown is trending in the west and midwest. Smooth is more common in the east, and orange peel can be found in most regions and is often used in commercial buildings.

Among our home buyers, we have found there is about a fifty/fifty split between knockdown and hand-trowled. We finish all of our garages with medium orange peel, because it is easier to clean than knockdown or hand-troweled.

Drywall texture provides stylish appeal to your walls and ceilings, and you have many options. We have samples of orange peel, knockdown, and hand-trowled in our Design Center, so stop by today to see which one you might like best.

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