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Breaking Down Drywall Prices

Drywall is the smooth board that covers the interior walls of your home. It is taped, textured, and finished to reach the final appearance. A fairly extensive process from start to finish, the majority of the cost is incurred in the labor. There are several different types of drywall, and the pricing is broken down below to help you determine your cost basis.

Average Prices

Most home improvement stores should carry drywall. Prices will vary according to the size and type of drywall. The chart below shows average prices to give you a better idea of what to expect. These prices will vary according to your location, and a drywall contractor should receive a contractor’s discount or a better rate for buying in bulk.


Regular Fire-Code

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Other types of drywall, such as soundproof barriers and other special features, will cost more depending on their purpose and the size needed.

Drywall Compound and Screws

Other than the drywall, you will also need joint compound and drywall screws. An all-purpose joint compound in a five gallon bucket costs about $11.00. Drywall screws are also fairly inexpensive, costing around $15.00 for a five pound box.

Installing drywall is an extensive, skilled process. If you are hiring a professional, you can expect it to cost you at least $3.00 per sq. ft. This will change drastically based upon the extent of the special features you request, and the price of materials at the time of your project. This is definitely an area where you “get what you pay for.” It is a finishing step, and the part that is going to show. You can have the most solidly built home in the world, but if your drywall is shabby, it will cast a bad light on the whole home. To ensure your project is up to the quality you expect, only hire pre-screened, licensed drywall contractors.

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