Types of Walls for TV Mounting

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Types of Walls for TV Mounting

Knowing the type of walls the television will be mounted on is specially important when tasked with mounting a television.  The fact that a television can be mounted on almost any type of surfaces sometimes provides unexpected unique challenges that require specific solutions.  Understanding the types of walls is a very good way to start and accomplish the best tv mounting.

Type of Walls

Drywall Walls

Drywall, also known as sheetrock, wallboard, plasterboard, LAGYP and gypsum board, is a sheet manufactured mostly from gypsum plaster that is hard pressed between two thick sheets of paper.  It is used to make interior walls and ceilings.  Generally used in most homes in United States, the product is sold under the trademarks Sheetrock.  Fortunately, television mounting on these types of walls is accomplished somewhat easier than some other types of surfaces since the only requirement necessary to ultimately mount a television on the wall is to find the wooden stud inside the wall.

Brick Walls

It is made of kneaded clay-bearing soil, lime and sand, concrete material, or a combination of all of them.  Frequently fire hardened or air dried, utilized in brickwork construction.  Installing a television on the wall when faced with a brick wall normally requires the use of brick or concrete anchors and is advised that is only done by a professional installer.

Concrete Walls

Concrete walls are manufactured from a combination of pulverized stone, sand, cement and water that solidifies to a stone like mass.  To mount a television on a concrete wall is always recommended to the installers with the best experience.  It may required a stronger cordless drill, plastic or metal anchor for the bolts and a strong person to drill the holes since reinforced concrete is mostly used in most homes and is exponentially challenged to get the television level without drilling additional holes for adjustments.

Stone Walls

It is frequently crafted from different materials varying from granite, sandstone, marble, slate, tile, travertine to limestone or flint.  TV mounting on this type of wall may required diamond drill bits and extra anchors for the bolts that will hold the wall plate against the wall.  It is specially recommended that only a professional installer with the right experience gets a project of this type done.

Wood Walls

Wood walls are a structure that is positioned on the edges of foundations or platforms and must be supported by 2 pillars if possible.  This type of wall is pretty much the easiest to use to mount a tv since no matter the position pretty much every surface on the wall is fair game.

Siding Walls

Siding is often found on most newer homes and is often made from synthetic options such as cement board, aluminum and vinyl.  This kind of wall is mostly seen outdoors to protect against the elements and for decorative purposes.  A television installation on this kind of wall can be challenging since even the most advanced stud finders in the market have difficulties providing accurate location of the studs inside the wall.  Also, since most of the time siding is used for exterior walls waterproofing all the drilling done is high recommended.

Interior Walls

An interior wall is built from 2 by 4 or 2 by 6 wall studs and framing. Commonly covered with panels of drywall that are screwed or nailed to the framing.  In most cases, interior walls do not have any insulation inside them which makes installing wiring for the tv installation project less complicated and readings provided by a stud finder more accurate.

Exterior Walls

An exterior wall is an external wall or vertical enclosure of a construction. This type of wall structure provides mostly a decorative finish and waterproofing capabilities.  It is because of these different purposes that exterior walls well insulated with different layers of insulating materials.  This makes installation of low voltage cables more complicated for a television mounting and makes virtually impossible getting accurate location of the wood stud detected by the stud finder.

Gaining Total Understanding of all Types of Walls

It is advised that additional considerations and precautions are taken before mounting a television on any types of walls.  Gaining total understanding of all the kinds of walls that can be used to mount a television is very important.  However, keep in mind that this is only one piece of the puzzle.  Types of television mounts, types of televisions, and other additional steps need to mastered before successfully completing a project of this kind.

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