Cost to Install Thin Coat Plaster Backing - Blueboard

Updated: January 2017

Blueboard Installation Cost CalculatorZip Code
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Blue Board Panel Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: Paper faced 1/2" thick plaster board. 4' x 8' sheets. UL fire rated. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
267 square feet$141.21$277.85
Blue Board Panel Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to install thin coat plaster backing - blueboard with favorable site conditions. 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.
267 square feet$141.21$277.85
Blue Board Panel Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to install thin coat plaster backing - blueboard including: fasteners, seam tape, outside corner beads and topping compound.
267 square feet$141.21$277.85
Option: Prime And Paint Patched Surface
Level and smooth patch at surrounding surface. Roll or brush 1 coat of primer. Roll or brush 2 coats of color and sheen matched paint, blending outward perimeter of patch. For patch area totaling more than 10 SF.
267 square feet$141.21$277.85
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 4 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
Totals - Cost To Install Thin Coat Plaster Backing - Blueboard   
Average Cost per Square Foot  

Get an INSTANT, detailed estimate of the cost to Install Thin Coat Plaster Backing - Blueboard! Our free calculator uses up-to-date, trusted data to estimate typical subcontractor costs for a Blueboard Installation project. For a basic 250 square feet project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Install Thin Coat Plaster Backing - Blueboard ranges between $2.38 - $3.28 per square foot* .

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Cost to Install Thin Coat Plaster Backing - Blueboard - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS!

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments 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 Blueboard Installation, 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 Blueboard Installation 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 Blueboard Installation. 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 Install Thin Coat Plaster Backing - Blueboard - References

Blueboard Installation - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Blueboard Installation costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.

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