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Drywall in Construction: All You Need to Know about the Cost

Drywall installation costs can vary significantly depending on the level of finishing, quality of materials, and labor costs. The nationwide average stands between $30 and $60 for each panel, including labor and material costs.

These prefabricated gypsum board panels or plasterboard panels are used to finish ceilings and walls in commercial and residential projects.

Let’s take a closer look at what goes into the cost of a drywall installation project.

1. Drywall material costs

Drywall material prices can vary significantly depending on the type of job and the type of materials you choose. Standard 4×8 ft. panels cost about $10, but you’ll find that prices vary depending on the thickness and size of the panel. Other considerations include:

  • Mold and moisture-resistant drywall materials such as fiberglass mats or concrete boards will cost about $20 for each panel
  • Fire-resistant boards are priced about 20% higher than standard panels
  • Drywall mud is used to create a smooth and even texture, but also costs extra.

2. Labor and prep cost

This component of the cost depends on the square footage of the site and how much work is required. A skilled professional will ensure a smooth texture on the final surface that facilitates easy paint application. The standard labor cost of one standard-size room is around $900 and might increase if you need repairs, such as popcorn ceiling removal.

Popcorn ceiling removal can be quite hazardous depending on the complexity of the project and requires scraping, taping, sanding, priming, and painting of the ceiling.

3. Drywall repair cost

Many homeowners choose to get repairs instead of replacing a drywall completely. The national average to repair a 4×8 ft. drywall panel is $225. The price might vary depending on the material quantity, size of the cracks, and factors such as rot and mold.

 a white paint roller in hand with drywall wall

4. Remodel vs. new construction

Drywall installation for a new construction project is generally lower per board or per square foot than a home remodel. During a remodel, drywall contractors often have to work in different areas of the house while different repair projects are being carried out simultaneously. On the other hand, during new construction, it’s much easier to put up a whole wall unimpeded.

5. Minimum service fee

Most drywall contractors charge a minimal service fee to meet operating expenses. Even if you need a small section of your drywall repaired, the contractor will still have to send at least one skilled laborer, supply materials and tools, a company vehicle, and bear other expenses associated with the job.

Get Dependable Drywall Estimation Services

When planning a residential or commercial drywall project, there are some costs that even the most experienced contractors tend to overlook. To ensure you get the most reliable estimate possible, reach out to the experts at Remote Estimation.

We offer accurate drywall estimating services that can help you ensure the profitability of your project. For more information about our cost estimation services in the United States, contact us today.

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