Most homeowners face a water damaged ceiling. This may be as a result of water leakage or extreme humid condition. This results in the stained or sagged ceiling, which gives your home an unpleasant look. This calls for immediate repair of the damaged patch.
For an effective remedy, you should ensure that you first repair the cause of the damage- be it a cracked roof or a busted pipe. Doing so ensures that you deal with the problem once and for all. In the following article, we will focus on the cost of repairing a water damaged ceiling.
The cost of repairing the water damaged ceiling.
1) Labor cost.
In order to repair your water damaged ceiling, you will have to incur labor costs. These include cutting out the damaged area which should be 16 x 16 inches around the damaged area. After which you should apply the sheetrock patch to the opening after ensuring that the source of the leak is repaired. For durability and strengthening you should tape and mud joints to ensure that the repaired patch bonds with the entire ceiling.
For uniformity, you should lightly sand and re-mud joint. Finally, you should sand for primer and finish. Other costs include planning costs, purchase of equipment and material acquisition. You also have to incur costs for area preparation and protection and later set up and cleanup costs. These costs will range from $181-$219 for 3-hour job.
2) Purchase of materials.
The next cost you will have to incur is for obtaining all the materials that you need in your repair. These include fasteners for attaching the sheetrock, seam tape for sealing the gaps, outside corner beads and topping compound for bonding the patch with the entire ceiling. The sum total of all these costs per patch will range from $15-$17.
You will note that the paint around the water damaged area is peeling off. This means that you have to incur another cost of repainting the entire home or alternatively repainting just the affected patch. In case you choose to repaint the entire ceiling, it will be more expensive, but the colors will blend better and the paint job will be more durable than a patching job.
We will basically focus on the cost of patch painting. The first thing you should do is leveling and smoothing the patch and the area surrounding it. After which you should apply spot prime. Then you should use a roller or brush to apply two coats of color and sheen matched paint, ensure that the patch blends with the surrounding surface. The cost incurred for a patch size of up to four square foot is $34-$84 for an hour job.
4) Cost for unused labor.
You may have to incur other costs for time spent while preparing the site, identifying the source of the water damage and also for transportation. These also include the time that you will spend on other tasks that may total to four hours labor charge at an average cost of $69-$83.
Generally, the total cost for repairing one patch is $265-$320.