Cost to Paint a Ceiling
The following paint cost calculator for 2015 allows you to change ceiling finish
options & refigure.
Includes all labor, materials and supplies needed for performing the painting
per below based on entered dimensions and height. Results are approximations based on ceilings painted
in the United States. Total cost sums exclude any taxes charged for both materials and labor amounts.
Options to Paint Ceilings:
1 These are overall rectangular shaped areas, running continous and
2 The average ceiling height.
Smaller dimension ceilings are figured at lower heights, up to 10 to 12 foot.
Surfaces broader than 50 ft can go up to 16 foot. This is due to practicality and also
while scaling for realistic price increases based on greater efforts for setup
that is mainly accessing by method of ladder or scaffold and/or while applying the paint
from ground level via an extension pole.
3 Many ceilings on new homes go unpainted. Therefore if the ceiling
has not yet received paint, this can add 10% to 25% over the price of a previously
painted surface due to absorption and greater difficulty in applying. While many
times a single coat does the trick, two or three coats may be needed like
for raw ceiling areas and for deeper base color choices, with the ceiling
light illuminating across the surface.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Flat and lightly textured drywall surfaces are included, acoustic type ceilings
are not. These figures for painting occuppied spaces also account for moving
of moderate placements of furniture as part of preparation.
Excluded are skylights and vestibules, as well as no trimming with the brush
or 'cutting in' around multiple beams. Bayed ceilings are also excluded.
Labor, Materials and Supplies
The labor component is that which is charged to the project
Includes all labor necessary for the completion of the
room(s) from setup, providing ladders, any necessary staging and/or scaffolding
equipment. Materials accounts for disposable roller covers and plastic sheeting
Alots a nominal amount of preparation. Accounting for minimal
patching and sanding like from small nail holes & even holes poked from hanging
hooks. More modest sized ceilings can incur greater fees for the patching of
larger or deeper areas.
Final cleanup and disposal of empty cans and waste is also
part of this amount. Clearly labeling any partial cans is recommended especially
when painting on a room by room basis.
Calculations for some of the smallest sized surfaces assume that there is more than
a single ceiling being painted, or at least some sharing of paint, as far as paint
material/minimum gallon containers are concerned.
Amounts for the labor portion per specific geographic locales may fluctuate based
on the particular zip code by 15% and greater. This pertains especially to certain
Ceiling paint can offer greater coverage and lower reflective properties and therefore possible cost advantages.
Above is figured applying mainly flat or low sheen coatings throughout.
Grade of paint, supplies and materials are rated at moderate and above, excluding the cheapest "builders quality" and yet also
are the most expensive lines of paint coatings.