It is vital to understand what impression you want to get when the project is done, whether you’re looking to offer some input to the team you hired or you’re planning for a DIY renovation. Though you might be thinking that you simply want your walls to appear completely finished, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t do that. This includes: 

  • It can increase the cost of the project 
  • It will use more materials 
  • It is more time-consuming 

Today, we are going to share with you the different drywall installation finish levels. 

Level 0 

When it comes to level 0, a drywall contractor will not perform any finishes. This includes accessories, compound, or taping. The drywall is secured to the ceiling or walls.  

You might have to use this level for temporary construction or if you aren’t certain about the final design of your wall. 

Level 1 

When it comes to level 1, the drywall already includes joint tape. However, it does not really have to be covered with joint compound. 

You might have to use this level in places that are hidden from view or don’t obtain traffic. These areas might include attics or above ceilings.  

Level 2 

When it comes to level 2, a drywall contractor will now apply a thin coat of joint compound over the joint tape. This process will help cover any tool markings or screw holes.  

This level is best if you plan to cover the drywall in tiles, such as the kitchen or bathroom. It is also a popular option for storage units, garages, or other areas where looks are not important.  

Level 3 

Just like the 2nd level, a drywall contractor will be applied as a thicker layer. It will cover joint screws and tape a lot better compared to level 2.  

Usually, level 3 is for interior residential walls that plan to apply a texture, either by hand or by spray, before the final paint is applied. This is also the level where you would stop if you want to utilize heavy-grade wall covering as the last design. However, this level isn’t for you if you plan to have a smooth surface to paint on.  

Level 4 

When it comes to level 4, a drywall contractor will apply another layer of joint compound over the screws and joint tape. The dried compound will usually be sanded as well. 

This is the most popular drywall finish. This level will be ideal for your walls if you are planning to install medium to light wall covering or if you’re planning to flat paint the wall. Utilize a drywall primer first before final decoration applications. However, enamel, semi-gloss, and gloss paints aren’t advised.  

Level 5 

The final drywall finish level includes the application of a skim coat. This will help produce a uniform and flat surface. A spray finish equipment, taping knife, and a roller are utilized to achieve level 5.  

This level is only required if you want to apply enamel, semi-gloss, or gloss paint on the wall.