June 26 2021 0Comment

How Much is The Cost of Drywall?

Drywall Costs at a Glance

  • Price of a 4×8 panel: $15 average, $12-$20 range
  • Price per square foot: 40-65 cents
  • Estimate for a 200-square-foot room: $300-$500
  • Installation cost per square foot: $1-$3
  • Estimated total for installation in a 200-square-foot room: $300-$400

Replacing drywall is something every homeowner could benefit from knowing how to do. Perhaps you moved some furniture and accidentally hit the wall? Or maybe your kids got a little rowdy and knocked a hole in the wall? Or you simply want to replace a door or window and need to do some patchwork? Whatever the case may be, being aware of the upfront costs of your drywall project will help you be better prepared.

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Estimated number of drywall sheets to buy for a certain room size

Room size
Floor area
Number of doors
Number of windows
Number of drywall sheets to buy
For ceiling
For walls
Total for room
10 x 10
100
1
2
4
11
15
12 x 12
144
2
2
5
13
18
14 x 14
196
2
3
7
15
22
16 x 16
256
2
3
9
17
26
20 x 20
400
3
4
13
21
34
22 x 24
528
3
4
17
25
42
Closet (2′ x 6′)
12
2
5
Walk-in closet (5’x7′)
35
1
2
7
9

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Factors in Calculating Drywall Cost

While the math of calculating drywall cost is relatively easy to do, there are significant variables in the figured cost of hanging drywall in any given space. Because drywall is used in so many different areas of the home, there are varieties in the shape, thickness, and additional materials incorporated into the panels that create a wide cost range. In addition, regional considerations, including local construction booms, weather and transportation concerns, and even the season, can affect local pricing to make it vastly different from the national average drywall cost. There are some concrete factors, however, that are determined by the homeowner and provide an opportunity to save a little money.

  • Panel size. Drywall panels come in standard sizes of 4 feet by 8 feet or 4 feet by 12 feet. Depending on the size and dimensions of the room, one panel size may be more efficient for your space and create less waste than the other. While 4-by-12-foot sheets are a bit more expensive, you may need fewer sheets overall if your ceilings are high, saving money along with time needed for cutting and taping.
  • Drywall thickness. Drywall is available in three thicknesses: ½ inch, ⅝ inch, and ¾ inch, with cost increasing with thickness. Choosing the correct thickness for your project will lower the overall cost.
  • Additional features. Drywall panels are available with water resistance, waterproofing, soundproofing, with and without paper—there is a type of drywall for almost every application, and the costs vary significantly based on which additional features are required.

Drywall installation: 1,000 square feet of drywall, labor costs, and other potential charges. With 4’x8’ drywall, the job would require 32 sheets.

Item Unit Cost Cost
Standard ½” drywall $10-$20 per sheet $320-$640
Moisture/Mold resistant drywall $13-$25 per sheet $416-$800
Fire-resistant drywall $13 per sheet $416
Soundproof drywall $50 per sheet $1,600
Installation labor, prep work, finishing, cleanup, and disposal $1-3 per square foot $1,000-$3,000
Total Drywall Installation Cost $1,416-$4,440

DIY considerations

  • In order to create a finished product and a secure wall structure for the home, the drywall needs to be properly installed. This can involve a lot of measuring, cutting, and taping to get a clean finish. If you are handy and willing to invest the effort, you can save on labor by doing the work yourself.
  • If asbestos is present in your home (as is the case with most homes built before 1985), you will require asbestos abatement before drywall can be replaced. This can cost as much as $5,000 and has to be done by licensed professionals.

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