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Installing drywall is a messy and long process, but fortunately enough, it is one of the more inexpensive projects around the house. While some homeowners do step up to the challenge and install their drywall themselves, most hire a drywall professional.
Nonetheless, before you hire a pro to put up new drywall, it’s always a smart call to know the average price of installation, materials and repairs. Continue reading to see the average drywall costs in your area.
Before getting into the costs, all homeowners should know what drywall entails. The typical drywall panel measures 4’ X 8’, is ½” thick, weighs about 53 lbs., and can be very awkward to maneuver. The product comes in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. In addition to the typical size, you can usually get longer panels - in 2’ increments up to 14’ - on special order. The thickness ranges from ¼” to ¾”, but for consumers, the usual choices are 3/8”, ½”, and 5/8”. All can be used on ceilings and walls as long as the framing members are on 16” centers. But if you plan to apply texturing to your ceiling, 3/8” isn't viable, and if you need to install a firewall - between your garage and living area or around your central heating system - many codes require 5/8”.
Before you talk to a pro, all homeowners should know how much drywall you will need. Our drywall calculator can help!
Drywall A Ceiling
When it comes to drywall, all projects fall under the ceiling or wall category. According to our ceiling installation cost estimator, the average price to install a ceiling is $1,279. Homeowners should expect to pay more for a drywall ceiling compared to a drop ceiling.
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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. Made of compressed gypsum, it is very heavy (as noted earlier), 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 type of ceiling. Expect material costs to consist of the drywall, 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 generally finish a drywall ceiling within two to three days with the help of a crew. 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.
Install A Wall
The second half of drywall installation revolves around a wall. As you can imagine, given changes in popular design, many homeowners are either moving or knocking down walls. As a result, it is more common to install a wall than a ceiling.
The average price to install a wall is $2,023. Drywall is the most common type of wall. Beyond that, there are special drywall screws, the joint compound or "mud", and tape most pros use. Other major factors that can affect the overall price to install a new wall with drywall are the size of the project and clean up. Nonetheless, compared to interlocking panels or vinyl, drywall is cheaper.
Before you install anything in the home, you need to know all the costs that come with it. Sadly, repairs are never too far down the road and as such, drywall repairs must be discussed when it comes to overall drywall costs.
The average price to repair drywall is $550. The extent of the damage will play a key role in the price and timeframe. A handyman can usually complete minor drywall damage, but larger holes may require a trained drywall contractor who will cost a little bit more. In general, as long as the hole can be covered with what handymen refer to as a "patch," the repair will be a flat rate. However, regional pricing variations can also affect the cost of the repair. Keep in mind, the labor itself is the expensive part.
Quick Tip: The most common culprit of drywall damage is the doorknob. Careful opening that door.
Installing drywall is an inexpensive home remodeling project when compared to some of the more prominent ventures being done. However, if you’re looking for a challenging DIY project, see our DIY Tips for How to Install Drywall.