The average cost to install drywall in a 10×12 room is $650-900. The size of your walls, type of sheetrock, as well as the complexity of labor involved will have the biggest impact on the total cost of installing and finishing drywall in your house.
Contractors use drywall in homes and commercial spaces to construct wall and ceiling surfaces. Drywall is also known as wallboard, sheetrock or gypsum board.
Average cost to hang drywall
Across US homeowners report spending $2.75-$4.20 per square foot to install drywall in a small room about 200 sq. ft. This includes materials, labor for both hanging and finishing the drywall (joint compound of seams and screw holes) as well as sending, so that a contractor can paint it.
On bigger projects, cost per sq. ft. will be significantly lower.
$625 - $970
If you have about 2,000 sq.ft. of wall space, your total price for new drywall will be about $3,500-4,800. This estimate is for a simple rectangular room, without any complex architectural details, multiple corners or any other obstructions that would need to be worked around.
Contractors should use the longest possible drywall sheets, as this can save money on both materials and installation time.
Your total install price will go up depending on the size of the job.
Most contractors have different rates based on the number of drywall panels being installed. You can get a lower price per sq.ft. on a project that uses at least of 50 sheets of drywall or more.
For example, if you have a space of about 2,400 sq.ft. and will need to cover it with 50 12′ sheets, your drywall cost will be about $72-84 / sheet, or $3,600-4,200 total.
However, if you have a room that you need to put drywall in or a space under 400-500 sq.ft., your cost per sheet will go up to $100-120 or more.
If you are building a new house or a commercial space (over 10-12,000 sq.ft.) you can get a significant discount on the total drywall installation cost. It can become as low as $1.15-1.25 per sq.ft.
Another factor that greatly impacts your final drywall cost is the level of finish you want to have. Generally speaking there are 5 levels, each with increasing number of labor and time required. The lower the level of finish, the more visible are joint tape, compound, etc.
Most finished living spaces require a Level 4 finish (you can safely paint the walls without worrying that drywall will be visible in any way.) Level 5 finish, which is the most expensive, is appropriate in spaces that will be finished with semi-gloss or gloss paint.
Its important to keep in mind that labor rates also very greatly by region. In affluent cities such as Boston, New York, San Francisco you can be paying as much as 20-30% more than the national average. By contrast, less well-to-do regions will have prices that are about 10-15% less than the national average.
To get the best price, be sure to contact 3-4 local drywall pros and compare their quotes.
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There are different types of drywall available, and they all have different prices.
Standard drywall of various thickness (ranges from 1/4” to 5/8”): costs $0.24-0.41 per sq.ft, depending on the thickness.
Moisture-resistant drywall costs $0.40 – 0.48 per sq.ft.
Heat/Fire-resistant drywall costs $0.34 – 0.42 per sq.ft.
Sound-barrier drywall costs $0.95 – 2.25 per sq.ft.
Note, sound resistant drywall costs the most to install, as much as $4 and up per sq.ft. for labor and materials. Standard size panel of sound resistant drywall costs about $50. High-end basement remodels make use of this type of drywall if they are converting a basement into a man cave, a home entertainment theater, or a music/dance studio.
Keep in mind that in addition to drywall panels themselves, you also need other materials to complete the install. If you are planning to go for a DIY drywall installation, you will need to purchase these materials separately at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Joint tape – $3 per roll
Drywall adhesive – $4 per tube
Mud and joint compound – $8 per box
Premixed compound – $15 per 5 gallons
16 inch x 16 inch square of drywall (great for drywall repairs) – $5 each
Drywall screws – $7 per box
Average cost of a drywall sheet
Your cost of drywall can range greatly depending on the brand you buy as well as the thickness of the sheet. The price for a sheet of drywall ranges from $9-18, while the average cost is $11-12 per sheet.
The most common size for residential drywall sheets is 4 ft wide, 8 ft tall, and 1/2 inch thick.
If you need to hang drywall on the ceiling, be sure to get sheets that are labeled as “sag resistant”. They are also lighter in weight than standard drywall used on walls.
If you are need to have fire-resistant drywall, be sure to get sheets are properly labeled as fire resistant. There are 2 options here:
Type X drywall is rated to hold back fire for 1 hour. The price is about $9 per sheet
Type C drywall is rated to hold back fire for up to 3 hours. The price is about $11 per sheet.
Additional enhancement costs
Here are some additional things that a contractor may need to do when hanging drywall and will charge you extra.
1. Remove and dispose old drywall: if you need to remove old drywall before installing new one, be prepared to spend! This work is very expensive, ranging from $2 -3.25 per sq.ft. This is one area where you can try to save money, if you are willing to do this job yourself.
2. Scaffolding: if your house has very high, cathedral or vaulted ceilings, installing drywall will be a lot more challenging and will require scaffolding. Depending on the contractor, you may get a 30-50% up-charge on the total.
3. Drywall framing: if you are building a home addition, and need to add walls, they have to be framed before hanging drywall. The cost of framing walls is $4-4.5 per square
foot, including all the materials.
4. Put in wall insulation: Prior to hanging drywall, its very important to ensure that there is good insulation inside the walls. Typical wall insulation prices are $0.75 – 1.00 per square foot.
5. Complex architecture: if your home has many corners and arches that a contractor will need to work around, the total cost can double or triple. Similarly, costs will go up if he will have to work around built-in shelves, countertops and kitchen cabinets, if you are doing a big kitchen remodel.
6. Smooth ceiling: if you install ceiling drywall and want the texture to be completely smooth, you will pay a premium charge. To create a perfectly smooth ceiling a pro needs to spend a lot of time applying many coats of mud and then sanding the surface.
By contrast, a textured ceiling is significantly cheaper. This is why many people prefer it over a smooth one. To create it a contractor applies only one coat of mud, after he seals the joints.
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