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How much should you pay for false ceiling installation?
The cost of false ceiling per square foot is between $5 and $28. It includes materials and labor. So, for a 200 sq. ft. room, prepare at least $1,000. Prices vary on the quality of material, location, and additional features. A common question for homeowners is where to put a false ceiling? Anywhere! Here’s a rundown of suggestions you could install them:
Factors that affect the total cost
Aside from the size of the covered area, the following factors also influence the total cost:
- Gypsum false ceiling: $1 to $1.75/ sq. ft.
- Grid ceiling: starts at $1/sq. ft.
- POP ceiling: $1 to $1.50/ sq. ft.
- Metal ceiling: starts at $1.20/ sq. ft.
- Box ceiling
- Geometric design
- Peripheral design
- Intricate lattice
- Wooden slats
- Inverted cove
- The complexity of the work
- Panel Quality
False ceiling companies near me charge from $2 to $5/sq.ft. Expect to spend between $400 -$1,000 for your 200 sq.ft.room. A licensed contractor charges $70 to $135 per hour. Getting that 1,000 sq.ft. area covered, could take more than three days.
Constructing and placing the grid network: 3 days at most
Installing the ceiling: 4-6hr.
Additional features like rail covers: up to 6hr.
Pros and Cons of having a false ceiling
- A false ceiling helps in insulating the room by providing a gap between itself and the first layer. Thus, it could also cut electricity costs.
- Easy to install.
- It hides ugly stains and marks on the original layer.
- Quick access to electrical wirings.
- It makes the room prettier and cozier.
- Installing a false ceiling require the supervision of the professionals
- Not available for all homes (ceiling height must be at least 11 feet).
- Not as durable and sturdy as the traditional/ original ceiling
- Some types are time-consuming to install
Enhancement and maintenance cost
Listed below are some of the activities during the installation process that could incur additional costs:
- Coupling gypsum with other false ceiling materials for better appearance and functions. These materials include glass, acrylic, and plywood.
- The removal of dirt and stains on ceilings and walls.
- Cutting of POP ceiling and gypsum to fit the desired lighting arrangement.
- Finishing touches like paint and wallpaper.
- Procurement of miscellaneous materials needed for the installation process.
- Adding insulation tiles ($1.60 to $1.85 per square foot).
- Vinyl rail covers ($0.45 to $0.60 per linear foot).
How to install a false ceiling?
- Measure the length of your room.
- Mark a horizontal line 4-6 inches below the original ceiling.
- Cut the metal wall angles. Then, screw the metal along the line.
- For the grid system, prepare the main runners and make sure they fit the area.
- Hang them using some wires attached along the joists perpendicularly.
- Cut the false ceiling tiles to fit them between the grids.
- Start putting the ceiling tiles at the center and continue until the grids are all covered.