How to Mount a TV on 8 Types of Walls

How to mount TVs on 8 types of walls.

Knowing how to mount a TV on eight types of walls is especially essential when tasked with installing a television.

Unexpected challenges like wall materials, TV mounts, tools required, viewing angle, height, and high and low voltage wiring are some of the common challenges encountered when wall mounting a TV mount on any surface.

Gaining insights into all the different types of walls is the best way to mount a TV wall mount safely regardless of whether a tilt mount, flat mount, motorized mount, or full-motion mount is being installed.

Drywall Walls are built with efficiency in mind

Drywall walls also use the name sheetrock, wallboard, plasterboard, LAGYP, and gypsum board. They are made by hard-pressing gypsum plaster between two thick sheets of paper to make one drywall and their primary purpose is to make interior walls and ceilings.

One can purchase this product under the trademark Sheetrock in the United States.

On these types of walls mounting a TV mount is somewhat easier and more efficient than on some other types of surfaces like bricks, concrete, stones, wood, and siding walls. Because the requirement to ultimately mount a television on the drywall walls is finding the stud inside the wall.

A TV on a wall made out of brick walls

Brick walls consist of kneaded clay-bearing soil, lime, sand, concrete material, or a combination of all of them and are frequently fire-hardened or air-dried, utilized in brickwork construction.

Installing a television on a brick wall requires the use of brick or concrete anchors and bolts. So a professional TV wall mount installer should be the one installing the flat screen TV on this type of surface.

Concrete walls can be extra tough

Concrete walls are manufactured from a combination of pulverized stone, sand, cement, and water that solidifies to a stone-like mass.

Mounting a television on a concrete wall is always recommended to the installers with the highest experience.

It may require a powerful cordless drill, a plastic or metal anchor for the bolts, and a physically strong person to drill the holes. Since reinforced concrete is mostly used in homes and is challenging to level the TV mount without drilling additional holes for adjustments.

Stone walls can be messy

Stone walls are frequently crafted from different materials varying from granite, sandstone, marble, slate, tile, and travertine to limestone, or flint.

TV mounting on stone walls may require diamond drill bits and extra anchors for the bolts that will hold the wall plate against the wall.

It is especially recommended that only a professional installation company like Multimedia Tech with over ten years of experience gets a project of this difficulty level done. Since these types of walls tend to crack if the wrong technique is used when drilling holes. Plus, all the dust and the mess created when working on stone walls always presents an extra challenge.

Tile walls are the most difficult

Tile walls are built using wall tile panels that differ in size depending on the application. The tiles are bonded to the wall by using a special cement that ensures both materials stay strong and the tiles don’t fall. A wall-mounted tv on tile walls can be particularly hard to accomplish because drilling holes without creating big cracks in the tile is very difficult since it is hard to locate the studs behind the tile and drywall, plus it is very easy to hit a gas pipe if the proper steps are not followed.

Additionally, if the tile walls do not have the power and audio and video outlets to power the flat-screen TV and integrated a cable box, Kaleidoscape, or AV receiver then installing these outlets will be extra challenging since 2×4 inch rectangles will have to cut out of the tiles to retrofit the electrical power box and the mud ring for the HDMIs, optical cable, and even speaker cables if necessary. All of these difficulties, while ensuring the TV wall mount is installed on this surface while also being compatible with the back of the TV.

Easy breezy wood walls

Wood walls are a structure that is positioned on the edges of foundations or platforms and must be supported by two 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.

The only caution we suggest is to start drilling slowly since if too much pressure is applied the wood can crack and the mounting surface can be damaged.

Siding walls for those outdoor TVs

Siding walls come in synthetic options such as cement board, aluminum, and vinyl. This kind of wall protects against the elements and is for decorative purposes.

An outdoor TV mount installation on this kind of wall can be challenging since even the most advanced stud finders in the market have difficulties providing an accurate location of the studs inside the wall.

Additionally, we recommend waterproofing all the holes on the exterior siding walls with silicone after drilling.

Interior walls are very common

Interior walls are built with framing that is 2 inches by 4 inches or 2 inches by 6-inch wall studs to create panels of drywall that are screwed or nailed to the framing panels of the wall.

Please note that In most cases, interior walls do not have any insulation inside them. This makes installing wiring for the tv installation project less complicated, pretty common, and readings provided by a stud finder more accurate, especially when mounting a low-profile tilting wall mount.

Exterior walls waterproofing is always recommended

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.

These make the installation of low voltage cables more complicated for a television install and make it virtually impossible to get the accurate location of the wooden stud by the stud finder.

It’s easy to conclude that a wall is an exterior wall since exterior walls are the ones that delimit the perimeter of the home, and exterior walls are filled with insulation materials to keep away hot and cold temperatures from the house interior.

Gaining a Total Understanding of all Types of Walls

Achieving a total understanding of all the kinds of walls that can be used to mount a television is an essential step.

However, keep in mind that this is only one piece of the puzzle. And a plan of action for the best TV installation is always highly recommended.

Mastering additional steps like viewing angle, OSHA, and NEC requirements, to complete a TV mounting of this kind is necessary.