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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is the difference between sheetrock and drywall?

People sometimes use the terms “sheetrock” and “drywall” interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same. Drywall is the industry term for prefabricated sheets of wall, while Sheetrock is the brand name of a type of drywall. Depending on what room is being built, your drywall installation pro will select different thicknesses or grades of drywall. Standard residential drywall is ½-inch thick. Garage walls adjacent to a living space are typically ⅝-inch thick and serve as a firewall. For a garage ceiling, most contractors will use firewall-grade drywall materials to keep your home as safe as possible.

Different types of drywall can be color-coded to indicate their purpose. Purple or green drywall boards are often mold-resistant (MR) and are applied where moisture tends to accumulate, such as in bathrooms and basements or behind tile backsplashes at sinks. These mold-resistant sheets have a fiberglass instead of a paper facing finish to prevent water absorption. Regular drywall is gray or white. The drywall industry is constantly adapting with technology to provide safer and more targeted materials. You can even install soundproofing drywall to help prevent noise transfer through rooms.

How much does it cost to put up drywall?

The national average cost to hire a drywall installation professional ranges $375-$1,500, depending on the job at hand and where you are in the country. Your drywall installation cost will often be lower if the professional is installing the drywall in a new construction with open access as opposed to a remodel. The square footage of the job, the amount of materials, and the labor required also determine drywall prices. According to drywall pros, materials costs can range from 15 percent to 50 percent of your total project cost, depending on the work you’re having done. Request several quotes from drywall installation companies to find the right fit for your construction project. The quotes may be based on the company’s standard cost per square foot or a calculation of the time estimated to complete the job plus the size of the job plus materials and any travel fees. For example, drywall installation for one or two standard-size rooms could cost $900-$1,500. The cost to hang and tape an outbuilding with approximately 40 drywall sheets at 75 cents per square foot could total $1,450, including 3.75 days of labor for the drywall crew.

How much does it cost to repair drywall?

The national average price range to repair drywall is $210-$300. Drywall prices can vary greatly depending on the size of the hole or crack that needs repair, the amount of materials required, and other factors. Cracks can appear at the seams in your drywall due to uncontrollable factors like your house settling or even minor earthquakes. Drywall, although sturdy, will break with enough impact, so if a dresser falls and crashes into a wall or your have a mishap hammering in nails for artwork, you could need drywall repair. Drywall repair professionals may have a minimum service fee of $100-$150 regardless of the size of the job. This ensures that their business expenses are met anytime they send their crew out to a job. Here are some additional examples of average drywall repair prices:

  • Sand and texture five wall patches: $200 (45 minutes of labor and $40 of materials).
  • Repair a 4x8 section of wall: $225 (labor $150 and materials $75).
  • Replace drywall in an entire bedroom: $1,500 (price varies depending on the number of windows, whether there’s metal trim, etc.).

Do drywall contractors need a license?

Pros may need to obtain a license to fix and install drywall. It’s always worth checking with your local government about whether a drywall company or contractor has to be licensed before they work on your project.

Who do I hire to install or repair drywall?

A general contractor, handyman or a drywall contractor (or company) can usually install and repair drywall. It’s recommended that you call one of these types of pros when your drywall needs to be repaired, such as after a plumber or electrician has completed their work. 

Look up local pros online and compare their profiles, paying extra attention to their ratings, reviews, experience and list of services. Contact three to five pros to get cost estimates for your project.

Do drywall contractors do insulation?

A drywall contractor focuses on drywall. If you want to install insulation (or upgrade your existing installation), you should hire an insulation contractor. It's possible that your drywall contractor may be able to offer basic insulation services, but for more advanced insulation installation (such as spray foam), go with a professional who specializes in this. 

How do I find a good drywall contractor?

The best way to find a good drywall contractor is by searching for the top-rated contractors near you on Thumbtack. View their ratings, and read their reviews to see how they did on past drywall projects. Pay attention to the photos uploaded by the customers and contractors, so you can analyze their quality of work. 

After you found a few contractors you like, ask them for price quotes. For more tips on how to hire contractors, read our in-depth guide.

What's included in drywall installation?

Depending on what type of service you hire, your drywall contractor may only hang the drywall. In this case, they will measure, cut, and install the large pieces of drywall on your interior walls, cutting out doorways, outlets, light fixtures and more. Your drywall service may also mud, tape, and sanding the drywall to create a smooth surface.

Reviews for Ashburn drywall contractors
Venkat B.
Good work fixing drywall. Very responsive.
Gods handyman’s service LLCGods handyman’s service LLC
Jamie K.
We needed drywall installed for our 1st floor basement ceiling. John was always prompt, arriving when he said he would. Drywall was installed, taped, mudded, and sanded. Looks great!
john burnerjohn burner
Rob P.
I discovered D&B Drywall and Painting through Thumbtack and I’m grateful that I did. I decided to finally identify someone to help tackle an unfinished 21 x 18 section of our basement. The project involved installing the framing for one outside wall and then addressing recessed lights, drywall, and painting. D&B’s projections and timelines are on track and the project was knocked out quickly, on time, and on budget. The electrician was especially thoughtful, detailed, and patience. The painting and drywall finishing was exceptional. I’ll absolutely hire D&B again and would have no delay in recommending them for your painting or drywall project.
D&B Drywall and paintingD&B Drywall and painting
Colleen F.
TKO responded quickly and did a great job with the water damage repair and drywall repair. I’d definitely use them again!
Tko RestorationTko Restoration
Endrias A.
Got a drywall repair done on the ceiling where electricians left holes when they installed recessed light. He did a great work.
Prosperity drywall and framing incProsperity drywall and framing inc
Amit w.
Cruz and his team were very responsive and professional, and they did quality work. I would highly recommend them for any drywall needs
Regulo CruzRegulo Cruz
Michael L.
Júnior did great work repairing some drywall in my ceiling. I can’t even tell there was a hole there in the first place. He also did a great job protecting the room from any work mess and cleaned up so well I couldn’t even tell anyone was here. Would highly recommend and will reach out again for future drywall repairs. 👍👍👍
Júnior - Drywall RepairJúnior - Drywall Repair
Sarath S.
Great job fixing my drywall after water damage. Great communication and competed the work on time . Quality was excellent . Highly recommended and will hire again !!!
Tko RestorationTko Restoration
Jessica P.
Rojas LLC repaired my ceiling where holes had been cut for my new overhead lights. The work is so spectacularly done, you wouldn’t even know there were holes at one point! In addition, when my home was built, turns out they used glue to put up the drywall which was now starting sag causing cracks across my ceiling. Rojas secures all drywall back up to the ceiling and has now removed the worry that my ceiling will come done. Finally, they were so well priced, I had them also paint a small bathroom to finally get rid of the color I’ve hated for a year. I would hire Rojas LLC again in a heartbeat and highly recommend them to anyone with painting or drywall needs!
E.GRojas LLCE.GRojas LLC
Chris J.
TKO showed up on time and quickly repaired my drywall hole and painted over it. After a couple of hours of paint drying I couldn’t tell there had ever been a hole there. Great work.
Tko RestorationTko Restoration
Josh F.
I was impressed by Regulo & team's attention to detail, especially how thoroughly they protected my possessions with drop cloths. I couldn't find drywall dust anywhere after the job was completed. I'm definitely going to reach out again for any future projects.
Regulo CruzRegulo Cruz
KC C.
I had some water damage in my basement which required proper remediation. The recommendation was ensure proper removal of the damaged drywall and also apply disinfectant to alleviate any future mold growth. Attached are images of the before and after. The full job took just a few hours and the crew was extremely professional. Highly recommend tko water restorations.
Tko RestorationTko Restoration
Chris J.
Wilson from 1st Choice painting sanded and painted two drywall repairs I had done following some plumbing work. He was on time, polite, professional, and did very high quality work. The cost was reasonable and in line with other estimates. You can’t even tell where the patch is now. Highly recommend and will use them again if I need similar work or painting done.
1st Choice Painting Solutions, LLC.1st Choice Painting Solutions, LLC.
Jeffrey M.
Regulo and his team did an amazing job repairing drywall in our kitchen ceiling. The project went smoothly from start to finish. He reached out immediately to discuss the project and get me scheduled. Once started he provided high quality work. I can’t tell where any of the holes or cracks originally were! Will use again or recommend for any future jobs.
Regulo CruzRegulo Cruz
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Nilto to "finish" a room in my basement which we were turning into a gym. He framed half of a wall, hung drywall on two of the walls and the ceiling, installed an outlet, built a small custom railing, painted the drywall, and installed rubber flooring. Nilto took time to discuss the project and make recommendations based on his expertise. He even came back to our house to discuss the project with my wife and ensure she was comfortable with the plan. The project took a few days longer than expected (mostly due to uncontrollable things like drying plaster...etc) but was still finished in a reasonable timeframe. I had to point out a number of things that needed to be fixed (small things like some screws were sticking out, a few anchors in our concrete walls needed to be removed, the baseboards were a bit crooked), but Nilto took care of them quickly and send pictures to me throughout the project to be sure I was happy prior to returning home from work for the day. Overall, the price was excellent and at that price, I am very happy with the work Nilto did.
Caldas Jr.Home ImprovementCaldas Jr.Home Improvement
Angela O.
I needed some drywall finished and contacted Junior based on all his positive reviews. He scheduled me the very next day. His work was neat and detailed, and he even filled existing nail holes in the surrounding trim with wood putty. He cleaned up so well you wouldn't know he was there. Its that level of quality and care which is rare to find these days. If you need dry wall and/or finishing do not hesitate to hire Junior. You will not be disappointed.
Júnior - Drywall RepairJúnior - Drywall Repair
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