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Step No. 1
Review your plans and specifications, so that you can understand what areas will need drywall. The first step in the general drywall estimating process is to measure the square footage of the areas where the drywall will be installed. So, take the tape and measure all dimensions of your house. If the areas are simple rectangular, you can easily multiply width times the height of each wall or ceiling area. You can also take the perimeter of the room and multiply it with the height of the wall. If the wall is in slope, you need to consider the greatest height. In the end, add all the quantities together to know the total square foot amount. For roof areas, the same process will be followed. If the roof is triangular, the area will be base multiplied by height divided by two.
For more accuracy, you need to incorporate the areas of the room where the drywall will not be required. These are areas of openings like doors, windows, and ventilators. So, you just have to calculate the area of each opening and subtract that from the above total square footage to get the net area where the drywall will be installed.
Step No. 2
The next step is to calculate the number of sheets required for drywall. At this stage, you should be sure about the type of drywall sheet you’ll be buying. If you need a 4 ft x 8ft sheet you need to divide the total square footage by 32. But for 4 ft x 12 ft sheets the same process will be with 48 square feet.
The result will be the total number sheet required for the project. It is always a good practice to add 10 to 15 percent for waste and odd cuts. For a cost estimate, you can multiply the total number of sheets by the price per sheet and adding that with tax and delivery charges.
Step No. 3
For estimating the drywall tape required for the job, you need to multiply the perimeter of each sheet to determine the linear feet of joint tape for the drywall. For 4×8 feet the perimeter is 16 feet and for 4×12 feet sheet, the perimeter is 20 feet. So, just multiply the number of sheets with the perimeter to know the length of tape required. For several rolls of tape just divide the total length by 500 feet as each roll has 500 meters of tape.
Step No. 4
As a general rule, for estimating the joint compound, just multiply the total square footage with 0.053 to get the amount of compound in pounds.
For screws, divide the square footage by 300 and you’ll get the pounds of screws needed.
For corner boards, here’s how you can proceed. Just count the number of outside wall corners in the entire project. Afterward, plan on using one full corner bead for each corner.
In the end, don’t forget to incorporate your profit and overhead in the estimated cost. Most companies set their profit between 10 to 20 percent but it depends on the location and size of the job.
Of course, the more time you spend in the office estimating potential future projects increases your overhead costs, which in turn eats into your profitability. Running a successful drywall company means you need to be competitive, but that doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice profitability to be competitive! Many businesses have turned to estimating software to improve their turnaround time and reduce overhead, but that still leaves you needing to learn how to use often complicated estimating software. What’s more, you’ll have to trust the software to catch every aspect of the project and that no errors will be made in the process, whether through human error or the virtual software not comprehending the many real-world issues that are common on construction sites, such as material damage, installation mistakes or delays in the construction process.