Calculating Cost Of A Drywall

Calculating Cost Of A Drywall

How To Estimate The Cost Of A Drywall

If you are considering undertaking a remodeling project in your home which might involve changes to your walls, then you will need to figure out the cost of a drywall. Of course, if you are a more price savvy consumer, then you will want to have at least a rough idea of what this new installation will cost you, and time involved before you venture off to the home improvement store. Believe it or not, regardless if you are working on a very small area such as a bathroom or covering up that dreaded popcorn ceiling in your kitchen, there is an easy way to figure the price out for yourself.

Let me show you how..

Measure Your Space

You need to measure your room very carefully. Be sure to exclude doors, windows or other interior spaces that will be unaffected such as closets. Using graph paper and tracing these areas can be quite helpful. Keep in mind that if you have short ceilings and the drywall is going on your walls, you will want the longer side touching the floor. If you have higher ceilings, the drywall will be installed vertically.

One word of advice I can give you when measuring is to take your time, and allways measure twice to confirm your numbers. There is nothing more frustrating than getting your measurements wrong and having to go back to the hardware or home improvement store to get more materials — or ask for a refund cause you bought to much — trust me I have done this before so I dont want you to make the same mistake!

Choose Your Drywall

Not all drywall is created equal. Let me say that again. Not All Drywall Is Created Equal! There are basically three different varieties and they all serve different purposes and come with very different price tags.

1. Water-Resistant This is the ideal drywall ceiling texture that you will want to choose for bathrooms or other rooms that need a moisture-resistant product.

2. Fire-Resistant This is commonly found between an attached garage and the interior of your home or in condominiums or apartment buildings.

3. Traditional For all other residential and small commercial products, traditional drywall is about all you need.

Make sure you know which type of drywall you are after. Many people pay for a water resistant drywall in situations where it is simply never needed..

Get Your Calculator

Using your measurements that you took previously, you need to calculate the square footage of how much drywall you will need. Always round up! You are better to buy just a tad too much than end up having to go back to the store for more. You can then divide this figure by 32 and this will tell you how many standard 4 x 8 panels that you will need. Multiply this number by the going rate of drywall at your local home improvement store and you have yourself a pretty good estimate.

Don’t Forget Accessories

When you are figuring the cost of a drywall for your project, don’t forget to factor in other accessories that you will need as well. Typical items include joint tape and compound, drywall nails, tarps, drop cloths, goggles or face mask and painter’s tape. These are all pretty inexpensive and will save time in the long run so don’t sort change yourself here!

Hopefully this post has given you a good idea of what you need to do to estimate the cost. Bear in mind that a popcorn ceiling contractor could do all of this for you, but you are likely to have to pay double if this is what you prefer.

Calculating Cost Of A Drywall

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