Cost to Replace Ceiling Drywall

Updated: January 2016

Ceiling Drywall Replacement Cost CalculatorZip Code
Square Feet*
ItemQuantityLow  High  
Ceiling Drywall Cost
Non-discounted retail pricing for: Paper faced 1/2" thick gypsum board. 4' x 8' sheets. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
134 square feet$55.71$76.14
Ceiling Drywall Labor
Labor estimate to replace ceiling drywall. Furr/level backing surface. Layout, fabricate and fit drywall sheets. With up to 1 cutout per 100 SF. Secure to framing per manufacturer specifications. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
7.6 hours$419.15$546.61
Ceiling Drywall Materials and Supplies
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to replace ceiling drywall including: fasteners, seam tape, outside corner beads and topping compound.
125 Square Feet$25.00$25.00
Ceiling Drywall Debris Disposal Costs
Costs to load and haul away old materials and installation waste.
Ceiling Drywall Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: manual drywall hoist, drywall cutting and fabrication tools, auto loading drywall screw gun..

Totals - Cost to Replace Ceiling Drywall - 125 Square Feet $568.65$732.07
Average Cost Per Square Foot  $4.55$5.86
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Get an INSTANT estimate of the cost to Replace Ceiling Drywall! Our free calculator uses recent, trusted data to estimate costs for your Ceiling Drywall Replacement project. This estimate is for basic Level 0 drywall installation - physical installation of drywall on existing framing: no surface finishing, taping or corner finishing costs are included in these estimates. For a basic 125 square feet project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Replace Ceiling Drywall ranges between $4.55 - $5.86 per square foot* .

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Cost to Replace Ceiling Drywall - Notes and General Information

Homewyse cost estimates are "ballpark" ranges for basic work performed in normal, serviceable conditions. The estimates should only be used for preliminary planning. Homewyse estimates are NOT substitutes for firm quotes from qualified vendors. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for an accurate assessment of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Ceiling Drywall Replacement, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Ceiling Drywall Replacement jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Ceiling Drywall Replacement. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Replace Ceiling Drywall - References

Ceiling Drywall Replacement - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the high end of the estimated price range for a licensed, bonded and insured contractor and for complex or rush projects. Hire carefully, only after verifying prior work quality.

For the best value on Ceiling Drywall Replacement: combine related projects; get bids from several pros; and be flexible about project scheduling.

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