Painting is a marvelous way to enhance the look and feel of your home. However, most homeowners tend to focus more on the walls and forget about the ceiling. A smooth ceiling can make flaws very obvious, but getting a textured ceiling can add character to the room.
It improves the appearance of the room and also hides dirt and minor flaws in the ceiling very well. So, you could be on the right track if you are looking for a painting estimate to transform your flat, smooth ceiling into a textured one.
Understanding the Pros and Cons of Textured Ceiling
Yes, textured ceiling can add value to your home, but you should be well aware of a few things before you decide it is time to replace your flat ceiling with a textured one.
It is best not to open the door to an extremely textured ceiling, since it will turn into a magnet for dust and grime. This will make it tougher to clean, and you may also have to spend your weekend cleaning up the ceiling. Hence, textured ceiling is not right for rooms that attract dust or are dirt-prone.
Usually, textured ceilings are ideal for large rooms. You can add them to smaller rooms, but it can make them feel crowded. However, if the room is dim, a textured ceiling can create an illusion that it is bright because such a ceiling tends to absorb more light compared to a flat ceiling.
It is imperative you select a texture that goes with the décor and architectural style of the room. You can easily go wrong with your texture selection if you don’t take the room in its entirety. It is best to hire a professional to help you decide on the right texture for your ceiling and this will also allow you to get a textured ceiling that not only looks fabulous and goes with the rest of the room, but will also ensure you get it at an affordable price.
Options for Textured Ceiling
Before you ask for a painting estimate for the ceiling, decide on the type of texture you want. While you can walk down the avenue towards an extremely elaborate ceiling, usually it is best to choose something that is not too decorative and complicated. One of the best ways to add texture to the room’s ceiling is selecting a paint or drywall compound.
Textured paint is the most cost-efficient way to change your ceiling. This paint has sand added to it and can easily be sprayed onto the ceiling or even applied with the help of a roller. You can use the amount of roughness you want in the texture by choosing the grain size, also called mesh.
Textured paint is available with added sand or you can buy the texture material separately and then add it to the paint.
Drywall compound allows you to get a range of textures for your ceiling, but it can be expensive when compared to textured paint. Also, the professional would have to be an expert in different techniques to be able to create the texture you want.
Painting Estimate for Textured Painted Ceiling
You can pull the lever to paint your ceiling yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. The average cost to paint per square foot of textured ceiling is as follows:
- DIY: If you decide you want to paint the ceiling yourself, the materials required can be purchased at an affordable price. One gallon of textured paint will cover approximately 100 square feet and will cost you anywhere from $15 to $30. The special roller required to paint the ceiling can be bought for about $5. You will also need joint compound. You should be looking to purchase a 5-gallon container of the compound. This will cost you about $15 to $30.
- In addition, you will need drywall tools. Do some research to find out what tools you will need. These tools will cost you between $10 and $25 each. Then there is your hard work and time which are both valuable and you can put whatever figure you want on them. This should normally correlate with your salary that you earn on your job.
- Hiring a Pro: If you decide to hire a professional to paint the ceiling, you will spend more. However, it will be a more of a stress-free experience and you can focus on taking care of other responsibilities. You will not be paying more than $2 per square foot of the room, but it is best to get the painting estimate in writing. This will let you see what you are paying and the services covered by the pro. This also connotes they are a professional and they are confident in what they are saying.
OK, you need to remember that there could be additional costs when it comes to getting a textured ceiling including framing, relocating, removing, HVAC, plumbing, surfacing, etc. The costs for remediation and testing of hazardous materials like lead and asbestos aren’t included in the estimates.
Then there are taxes. Do not forget about taxes since they can drive up the price of any textured ceiling installation and Americans know that taxes have never been higher. If you choose to secure a general contractor to overlook everything, that will be another cost. Lastly, there may be inspection or permit fees which you will have to pay to a local department but this is rare, you should not have to consider this.
Good luck. When done, pat yourself on the back since your home should be worth more than it was before.