If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-05-14 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
Do you need to have gypsum board installed as part of a home renovation? Although it’s conceivable to carry this task out on your own, you may be more comfortable entrusting this project to a professional for both quality and speed.
Before picking up your phone, it’s normal to be curious about how much this project is going to cost. If you’re curious about this question, this article is here to answer it for you.
In order to determine the price of a gypsum laying project, you’ll need to first determine the area that will need to be covered. To do this, begin by measuring and calculating the surface area of your walls and ceilings. Although at first you may think that doors and windows will need to be subtracted from the dimensions, that’s not the case. In fact, these areas will not change the number of panels you’ll need to carry out this project.
Once you determine how many panels you need, as well as the cost of both materials and labour, the contractor will be better equipped to provide you with a price corresponding to the area of the room you’re going to be renovating. In most cases, they’ll be working with panels that are 4 feet by 12 feet, as the installation of these will create a smaller number of joints. However, if you’re renovating a kitchen, bathroom or wet room, 4 x 8 inch panels will be installed as water repellent panels are only available in this format.
When it comes to factors that may cause the cost of your project to vary, we should mention that the type of panel you decide to use will make a difference in the overall cost. In most cases, a standard panel is used. However, your project may require the use of waterproof, fire resistant, flexible or DUROCK cement gypsum boards.
Regarding the waterproof panels, it’s important to mention that they’ll cost a little more than the standard panels. If you need this style of panel installed, you should expect to pay more. In fact, water-repellent gypsum panels will cost between $13 and $17 each.
Further, if your project involves working with a commercial space, you’ll need to install fireproof panels. Again, this will have you paying more, as fireproof panels come in around $15 to $20, depending on the chosen format.
Some projects require the use of flexible panels. These are often used for the construction of walls with rounded lines, such as stairwell or arches. These panels will cost a similar price to the waterproof ones we mentioned above.
Finally, for those who wish to opt for DUROCK cement boards, these will be necessary in situations where you’ll need to solidify a wall or floor, or alternatively as a heat shield behind a fireplace. These can be installed at an average cost of $34. In comparison, a standard gypsum board costs between $10 to $13.
Including materials and installation, your gypsum laying project should cost you around $2 per square foot. Of course, do bear in mind that this price is for standard paneling. To get a better idea of the costs based on the size of the renovated room, see the table below:
|1000 square feet||2000$|
|2000 square feet||4000$|
|3000 square feet||6000$|
|4000 square feet||8000$|
|5000 square feet||10000$|
For someone without the skills to complete this task, or for those trying their hand at it for the first time, gypsum boards may be placed unevenly.
If you find this is the case, it may be the draw of the joints that’s the problem. Indeed, as the junctions between the panels will be more visible, it’ll be difficult to hide them. If you have your joints pulled by a professional, it will take more time to carry out this job. Obviously, this will be reflected in the overall cost.
Thinking about taking on this project yourself? Check out our article on the subject.
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