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Question DetailsAsked on 6/19/2014

how much should plastering a ceiling cost

bedroom plaster ceiling needs repaired. The plaster has pulled away from the lathe

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Depends a LOT on your local area - if an area where plaster (as opposed to drywall) is common like toward the east coast and many areas east of the Mississippi, can run in the range of $2-3/SF to pull down the old plaster, replace a few lath, and three-coat replaster with third coat being textured if desired - texturing actually commonly cheaper on ceilings than smooth coat because smooth coat takes a LOT more effort and skill to do right on a ceiling, where imperfections show more than on walls because you are looking along the length of it (from below) more than straight at it.

In areas where there are few "plasterers" as opposed to "drywallers", can run more like $3-5/SF.

IF lath is shot or rotted or nails have rusted out (really old buildings), more like $5-7/SF in common plaster areas, and $7-10/SF in areas where really uncommon. In our area I have heard of drywall companies flying a plasterer in from out of state for a few days to do significant plaster repairs or where the owner refused to change to drywall, it is so rare here.

Do NOT let some drywall guy say he can repair it with drywall compound - if it is coming down needs to be removed and replaced by PLASTER - drywall compound is not strong enough to hold in big masses like that and will crack up badly, even if they could get it ot stick long enough to start curing.

However, in general, tearout and drywall replacment is commonly going to be cheaper (at about $2/SF typically) if this turns out to be a whole room ceiling replaster - however, till you get in there and see if this is a local spot (maybe a leak from above) or if it is all starting to come down and he will chase the loose stuff all across the room, you don't know how much area you are talking about. THEN, if all taken, down, you need to look at if floor joists are even enough and unbowed enough to have a decent surfacewith drywall - in old houses commonluy the joists were pretty uneven in milling width, but with plater did not matter a lot - but with drywalluneven joists makes for wavy ceiling, so a lot of labor has to go into custom cuttin strips to put on the bottom of the joists to get a uniform level, then drywall. For that reason, getting a larger company that has both drywall installers and true plasterer(s) might be a good idea, so you can jump from one to the other product if needed without changing contractors.

BTW - above prices do NOT include doing any fancy plaster medallions or crown molding, nor painting.

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