Ceiling installation costs $2 to $20 per square foot on average, depending on the ceiling type and material. A 12'x12' ceiling costs $290 to $2,900 installed.
The easiest type of ceiling to install is a drop ceiling. Flat, standard drywall is the cheapest ceiling type, but drywall is heavier, messier, and harder to install than drop ceiling panels.
A ceiling takes 1 to 3 days to install or replace, depending on the type. Drop ceilings take less time to install than other types. If you will be doing any demolition or vaulting, the project will take longer than average.
A standard drywall ceiling lasts 30 to 75 years if you take care of it. However, you might need to repair or replace it if you notice any of the following:
Most building projects require a permit, especially when it involves structural changes, electrical work, or plumbing work. Always check local code regulations before starting a major project. Many contractors will pull the necessary permits for you.
Yes, you can drywall over a popcorn or plaster ceiling. This technique will lower your ceiling by about an inch but save you time and money compared to replacing the ceiling or removing popcorn. Other options for covering an old ceiling include wood planks or decorative tiles made of metal or PVC.
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