Ceiling Repair Cost
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How Much Does Ceiling Repair Cost?

On average, ceiling repair costs about $670. Ceiling repair costs ranged from $323 to $1026 for the US in 2019 according to HomeAdvisor’s post titled, “How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Ceiling?”.

A professional contractor can charge $60 to $90 per hour to make repairs. He/she will supply the project materials and include those costs in the original quote.

National Repair Average: $670

Typical Repair Range: $323 – $1,026

Low End Repairs – High End Repairs: $125 – $2,100

Sheetrock or Drywall – $45 to $55 per square foot

Drywall repairs can cost anywhere from $45 to $55 per square foot, including labor, the materials, building site preparation, and cleanup. Minor repairs like hairline joints, cracked cracks, or small nail holes only will require joint tape and spackle. These repairs will take 1 to 2 hours at a rate of $60 to $90 per hour.

Plaster & Lath Repair Cost

Ceilings made of plaster and lath cost roughly $65 to $80 per square foot, including the labor, the materials, and costs to prepare and protect the worksite. Like drywall, the greater the damage, the more expensive the repair due to additional time at a rate of $60 to $90 per hour.

Popcorn Ceiling Repair Cost

Popcorn ceilings are a little more expensive to repair at $75 to $90 per square foot including all labor and materials, in addition to site prep and cleanup. The hourly charge is the same at $60 to $90 per hour but, because of the need to refinish the new surface to match the current one, the project will take a professional contractor more time.

Drop Tile Repair Cost

Drop ceiling repairs typically cost less than $200. You can buy prefabricated 2-foot by 2-foot tiles between $4 and $68 each. A professional will charge between $60 to $90 per hour for repairs but, more often than not, a homeowner can replace the tiles by themselves.

  • Standard Mineral Fiber: $2-$7
  • Tin: $3-$5
  • Plastic/ PVC: $1-$2
  • Wood Veneer: $2-$17

Water Damage Ceiling Repair Cost

If you find a leak early on, the damage may be negligible. If you wait too long and allow the water to seep into the walls, the cost to repair drywall will likely be more expensive. If the foundation is sound, repairs should cost no more than $1,200.

The cost to repair water damage is around $45 to $55 per square foot, including labor and the materials. Repair costs will be separate from detecting and repairing the leak that started the damage. A professional will charge for mold removal based on the damaged ceiling pieces. This can prohibit damage from spreading.

Leaking Pipe or Roof

Repairing a leaking pipe costs around $350 and $2,000 depending on the degree of the damage. The price for fixing a roof leak averages between $350 and $1,250. If the foundation is not the cause of the damage, repairs typically cost no more than $1,200.

Sagging Ceiling Repair Cost

Drywall to replace a drooping ceiling will run between $10 and $15 for a 5/8 inch thick, 4-foot by 8-foot sheet. The hourly rate a professional handyman charges an average of $75 per hour to make repairs.


Over the years, homes start to form cracks in the ceiling. It’s just a part of the aging process. The price of roofing repair is almost $800 on average. The cost of flooring repair is around $330. Some cracks may be signs of structural damage. In this instance, the charge for foundation repair runs roughly $4,000 on average.


A professional handyman can repair almost any hole at their standard hourly rate but see below for costs by size and material.

Patch Price by Material

Drywall or Sheetrock: $180-$220

Plaster & Lath: $270-$330

Popcorn: $300-$370

Peeling Paint

To paint a simple, 250-square-foot ceiling, a professional painter can charge around $0.90 and $2.20 per square foot. At this rate, complete project costs would range from $225 to $550. A lot of homeowners choose to save money by addressing the projects by themselves for just the cost of materials.

How Much Does it Cost to Remove & Replace a Ceiling?

The cost of the removal and replacing of a ceiling starts at $1.50 to $3.25 per square foot for a normal, 125-square-foot project. Precise replacement rates usually depends on the type you install.

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