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How Much Does it Cost for Ceiling Installation?

There are various costs associated with installing a ceiling in any room of a house. Things that must be considered are location in the home as well as size of the area. Both can greatly affect both labor and material costs. If you are planning to install a drywall ceiling, expect to pay much more in both material and labor costs than when using a drop ceiling.

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National Install a Ceiling Costs
Average reported cost $1,301
Number of Cost Profiles 1787 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $100
Maximum reported cost $3,055
Most homeowners spent between: $939 to $1,433

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A drywall ceiling installation is a process that attaches pieces of sheetrock or drywall to the actual framework of the home itself. Drywall or sheetrock is a semi-permanent and partially durable material used in various applications. Made of compressed gypsum, it is very heavy, especially in the large sheets needed to cover an entire ceiling. Although this can prove to be costly depending on how much drywall you need, it is generally the preferred and most commonly seen type of ceiling. Expect material costs to consist of the rather expensive drywall itself, some lumber, screws and finishing materials. Most finished rooms have drywall ceilings that can be painted the same as any other wall.

A general contractor can take on this job, and it will probably take a crew of several men two to three days for it to be completely finished. Expect to pay hundreds of dollars in labor costs, and near or in excess of a thousand for the entire job, largely depending on the area of the room.

Installing a drop ceiling can not only be a cost-effective construction option but also affords many other features not available with drywall. To install a drop ceiling, a metal frame is used to hold up ceiling tiles normally made of a cardboard-type material. The tiles are prefabricated and simply drop in once the metal frame is assembled. Drop ceilings are very inexpensive compared to wall board or drywall in both materials and labor. Expect the costs to be cut in half compared to drywall. A drop ceiling can be installed in one day by a general contractor and involves little to no finishing work. Drop ceilings are the preferred application in basements due primarily to how easy it is to access pipes, electrical work and air ducts located above the ceiling.

Last updated on May 18, 2016

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