One of the frequently asked questions on our site is around the best type of tape to use for Drywall (also known as Sheetrock) repairs.
For the DIY non-professional, our recommendation for the best overall tape is to use is Mesh Tape.
The key to any good finish is of course preparation. There are a number of preparation tips that are important to follow so make sure you do your research before beginning your project.
Like any project, groundwork is key to a successful outcome.
Reasons why fibreglass backed mesh tape is a great choice for your drywall project
- Mold and moisture resistance – this is especially important when you are working on a bathroom or a kitchen
- Easiest learning curve – we have always found mesh tape easier to work with vs paper tape
- Tackiness – being fibreglass backed, mesh tape is extremely sticky
- May require a special joint compound
Another tape that is popular for drywall is drywall paper tape.
Drywall Paper tape
Most experts use paper tape rather than mesh tape and it can provide a better finish particularly around corners and other tricky areas.
- Better finish when applied professionally
- Don’t need scissors
- Trickier to work with vs mesh tape
- Can be prone to air bubbles
- Recommended for inside corners
One thing to remember is that you shouldn’t use a normal joint compound with mesh tape. There are special compounds that are meant to be used like Ez-Sand and the reason for this is that if you use a normal joint compound it will be more likely to crack.
But as a general recommendation from us, if you are not a pro go for the mesh tape with a compound like Ez-Sand.