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How Much Does a Ceiling Repair Cost?

Ceilings may occasionally need repairs. Water damage from rain or leaking pipes, termites or even the age of the material can lead to mold, cracks or sagging. The potential budget necessary for the job is determined by the type of repair, the materials needed and the cost of labor. Since ceilings can be made of drywall, plaster, a stucco material commonly called "popcorn" or it can be a drop ceiling, the type of material will greatly vary repair costs.

National Repair a Ceiling Costs

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National Repair a Ceiling Costs
Average reported cost $719
Number of Cost Profiles 115 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $100
Maximum reported cost $2,850
Most homeowners spent between: $446 to $764

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Drop ceilings are the least expensive and easiest to repair. Because they are made of prefabricated tiles, often repairs only involve swapping broken tiles out for new ones. This is as easy as lifting one out and lowering another one in.

Drywall is probably the next cheapest to repair. The nature of drywall allows it to be cut and spliced, with the end-result looking brand new. Depending on the size of the damaged drywall, this process is extremely straight-forward and should yield no difficulty for any general contractor. A utility knife is used to cut out the damaged section, and it is replaced with a new, fitted piece. Often, significant amounts of spackling and sanding must be done before it is painted, so it will blend in with the surrounding drywall. Unfortunately in many cases, the existing ceiling paint is old and worn--making it necessary to repaint the whole ceiling. Extra paint and painting supplies may need to be factored in when budgeting a repair for a drywall ceiling.

Repairing plaster or popcorn ceilings can prove to be a much larger challenge. Depending on the area, size and severity of the damage, this type of material can be fixed in a few different ways. Cracking can be sealed with more plaster and leveled out to result in a clean finish. In most cases, it's not that simple. Sometimes after removing the damaged section, it is possible to replace it with drywall. The popcorn finish can then be applied to the drywall with a spray can. If the damage to your plaster ceilings is too extensive, it often must be replaced with new plaster or drywall. This is a very costly service that will likely take at least a week, but can be performed by most general contractors.

Last updated on May 18, 2016

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