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Question DetailsAsked on 12/28/2014

how much does it cost to drywall ceiling approx 900 sqft ?

we have popcorn ceilings in our house want to tape a sheet rock 5/8 inch to make it flat ceilings . what would be the apprx cost to get this job done ?

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You said you want to "tape a sheet rock 5/8 inch" - I presume you meant remove drywall, put up new 5/8" drywall and tape ? Trying to put a new layer over the popcorn without completely removing it is a no-go - will be all wavy and uneven and joints will crack with time due to the uneven support under it.

That is typically going to run you in the $3-5/SF range (if not asbestos containing) - though if dealing with a low labor cost area and uninsured/unlicensed "contractor" sometimes it runs as low as $2-3/SF.

Removing the popcorn (assuming it is not asbestos, which would have to be checked) and replacing it with a more modern moderate relief or knockdown texture typically $1-2.50/SF. Depending on how the texture was applied (i.e. with binding mastic or not, and if texture paint or true plaster) you can sometimes take it back to a smooth ceiling for about the same cost - sometimes it is more trouble than it is worth so cheaper to just tear it off and re-drywall. Sometimes it bonds too well to take it back to a smooth surface easily, because of the gouging of the drywall in removing it - also, because they knew they were going to texture it, the drywall installation and taping work might not have been as careful, so it might not be worth the rework to take it back to smooth surface. You have to try a test section before you know that.

You can find a number of other prior questions about removing textured/popcorn surface by putting the word - popcorn - in the Ask box - it will come up with a half dozen or so links, and there will be more at the bottom of those answers, covering DIY and professional removal, replacement, and typical costs.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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