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Renovation Budget: the cost to apply drywall joint compound

Last modified: 2019/08/23 | Approximate reading time 4 mins

Although the most skilled and patient of people will be able to attach and seal drywall joints together successfully, it’s important to recognize that this project can’t be taken on by everyone. For those interested in carrying out their own drywall attachment project, there are some definite concerns. Some may need to call on the expertise of a professional. But what is the overall cost of this project?

The price for a drywall joint attachment project

Factors influencing the price of drywall joint attachment

Among the factors influencing the price of this project, one of the most important is whether or not the drywall is placed on improperly laid gypsum walls. In fact, if your gypsum walls are not installed correctly, you’ll need to use an excessive amount of joint compound to even out the walls. Of course, this will increase the time needed to complete the work, and consequently, the price you’ll need to pay. 

For this reason, if your gypsum boards are not installed correctly, you should leave the project up to professionals. Again, we should reiterate that the installation of the gypsum should be impeccable, especially because the defects of the uneven walls are very difficult to mask and this part of the process requires a considerable amount of time. 

In addition, if the metal corner reinforcements are incorrectly installed, you’ll need an ample amount of time to remove them and put them back in their place. Once again, this will extend the time needed to complete the project and any extra time invested will have an impact on the price. 

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Why hire a professional to install drywall joints?

As previously mentioned, drawing joints requires a great deal of attention and patience. In addition to these qualities being essential to a good sealer, you must also master the right technique as well as have sufficient knowledge to avoid mistakes that will be costly in time and cause damage to the final result. 

On this point, calling a professional is a way to avoid these mistakes and a life with walls that don’t have a neat and tidy finish. This is because a professional sealer will have the right amount of dexterity to smooth the joint compound once it's been applied. 

In addition, a professional will be able to pull the joints over corner reinforcements, which most apprentice renovators won’t understand. There’s little to no chance that professional sealers will apply joint strips that will later reveal a bulge on the surface of your wall.

Also, it’s important to be aware that installing drywall ceiling joints is not a job for someone inexperienced in this field. It can be difficult to sand properly, especially in the corners.

Finally, it should be noted that a professional sealer will be able to execute your project by avoiding generating large amounts of dust, which is also difficult to control for someone who’s never completed this type of project before. 

Do you have the necessary equipment? If you aren’t equipped for this type of project, note that you’ll need several trowels, equipment needed to prepare quick-setting cement (for corner reinforcement) ribbon, (paper and stickers) and many others. If you’re not planning to do this type of project more than once, it’s suggested that you simplify things and do business with a professional. 

How much does it cost to complete this project?

Although it can be difficult to establish a pricing structure when it comes to this project, let’s say that the price you’ll likely pay can range from $350 to $500 per thousand square feet (between $0.35 and $0.50 per square foot) For those curious about an hourly rate, it seems to be around $70 an hour.

To this point, we must further clarify that there are other ways to calculate the cost of drywall joints. Indeed, some companies may decide to load gypsum board or 1000 sheets if this is a large-scale project. 

In conclusion, it’s advisable for you to be aware of the inclusion or exclusion of the cost of materials in the proposed rate. Don’t forget to get at least 3 quotes to get the best value for your money.

Summary table of the drywall joint prices

 

Surface  Price
1000 square feet between $350 and $500
2000 square feet between $700 and $1000$
3000 square feet between $1050 and $1500
4000 square feet between $1400 and $2000
5000 square feet between $1750 and $2500
Hourly rate
about $70 an hour 
 

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