About us


We’re Downtown Drywall

Downtown Drywall was established in 2005, and incorporated in 2014. We have developed a name in the southern Manitoba area of having high standards, a professional attitude, and being able to take on any project of any size. Our territory covers everything from Brandon to Winnipeg, and Gladstone to St. Claude.  Our services include: 


Drywall Installation


Drywall Finishing


Insulation and Vapor Barrier


Texture Spraying and Removal

Now Offering blow-in Insulation services!


We’re an approved contractor for Efficiency Manitoba’s Income Qualified Program, and Home Insulation Program rebates. 

Here’s a recent attic insulation project we got to work on!

My Story

Derek was raised north of Portage on the family farm. There he learned solid work ethic, and the importance of doing what you say you are going to. He started his first business selling corn and vegetables on the Delta highway at age 8, and graduated from PCI with honors in 2002. He started drywalling and taping at 19, and hasn’t looked back. He married long time girlfriend Brittany in 2011, and they now own the corporation together, with their 2 daughters, Olivia and Emily.


Let’s get your dreams built.

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What Should I Know Before Hiring a Contractor?

That is a good question. There is a lot to consider when hiring a general or sub-contractor. The most important thing to do, especially in rural areas, is to ask around. Ask as many people as you know if they know anyone good for the trade you are looking to hire. Your family, friends, colleagues, building centers and other contractors can help a lot and save you from potential disaster by just asking if they know or can recommend anyone. If someone has a poor reputation, you will hear about it. Most contractors can and will offer testimonials or references from previous jobs they have completed. All you have to do is ask.

A couple of the most important things to look out for is 1) do they have current coverage from worker’s compensation? and 2) do they have liability insurance?

Liability insurance is very important, and above all else, be sure to hire an insured contractor or sub-contractor to complete the job. Uninsured contractors are a danger to your financial affairs because they expose you to significant financial risk in the event of an injury or damage to property. Though they may present you with an opportunity to save money in the short term, the long term risk to which you are being exposed may cost you way more.

Uninsured contractors may have no way of repaying you for any property damage he or she causes, putting the risk of extended damage squarely on your shoulders. If you are renting, your agreement may explicitly state that you must hire an insured contractor to complete the job. Failure to do so could put you at considerable risk should damage to property occur. If you think to yourself that your property insurance policy will cover whatever damages or losses occur as a result of your uninsured contractor, think again. If he is unlicensed and uninsured, then your insurance policy becomes the primary insurance. Many homeowners policies have limitation clauses that state that they will not cover damages resulting from repairs or renovations caused by third parties which may leave you on the hook financially. Underground contractors are less likely to have any such insurance. If this is the case, you can only rely on their willingness and ability to make good and pay for the damages or repairs.

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