How Much Does a Ceiling Restoration Cost?

Water damage downstairs from a leaky upstairs bathroom, storm damage that leaves a giant hole in your kitchen, or a full scale renovation on a heritage house are just a few reasons for ceiling restoration works to occur.

When it comes to the amount that you will pay for your ceiling restoration, it will depend on the works involved, and the type of ceiling that is being installed.

Let’s start with costs to consider before looking at the type of ceiling restoration

Labour rates for ceiling restoration

Labour rates can start at $48 AUD per hour for works to be completed, and can go up to $80 per hour.  The labour may include removal, repair,  replacement & clean up of the ceiling in the scope of works.  

The reputation, availability, and expertise of your tradesperson is also something that may impact their hourly rate.

Material Costs

This will vary depending on what is going on the ceiling.   Material considerations can vary from tiles, plaster, wood panelling, pressed metal, ceiling roses and cornice work, 

Level of Complexity

A heritage home that has experienced movement in the foundations and walls over time may mean your ceiling restoration needs to consider that not all walls will be at right angles.  Consider whether you want to replicate, remove or restore cornices and how this will impact the overall aesthetic that you are wanting to achieve within your home.    

If you have decided to raise the roof, and give your rooms that extra wow factor that comes from high ceilings, you will be looking at a complete replacement, and you will want to consider how this impacts any adjoining rooms.

What type of ceiling do you wish to install?

Aside from being a structural necessity, ceilings can contribute to the feeling in a home – whether its a wow factor, a level of warmth (think exposed beams and paneling in a living room with a fireplace), tell a story about history, or make a contemporary statement.

Ceiling choices include the following:

  • Conventional Ceiling
  • Suspended Ceiling
  • Shed Ceiling
  • Tray Ceiling
  • Vaulted or Cathedral Ceiling
  • Exposed Beam Ceiling


Conventional Ceiling

Found in most new and recent home builds, a conventional ceiling is generally 8 feet high, a standard white plaster, and fairly easy to work with for ceiling restoration works.

A basic conventional ceiling may start around $205, however, material choices and room size will increase the prices.

If you are choosing to use more technical materials like water-resistant plasterboard, the costs can be higher.  

Choosing your cornice work for your conventional ceiling is also another cost to factor in.  For example,  a mid-range curved cornice supplied and installed will be approximately $5 – $10 per linear meter.

Suspended Ceiling

A suspended ceiling can provide a great point of interest in a room, and be a cost-effective restoration choice.   Similar to a conventional ceiling, a suspended ceiling is “dropped” below an original ceiling.

They can be made from different materials and are generally lightweight and suspended from existing ceiling frameworks.  

This is a great option when wanting to improve acoustics in a room and keep the costs of replacing an entire ceiling down.


Shed Ceiling

Creating an attic as an extension to an existing home may require the installation of what is known as a shed ceiling.  

Shed ceilings tend to use similar materials to a conventional ceiling, however, sometimes they require a little more design work as they can involve angling plasterboard or gyprock to fit with the attic style space.

They can work well in homes or areas where you are wanting to create a mezzanine style level that overlooks another part of your home.  The space may be used  to act as a home office or study nook for school-aged children.

Tray ceiling

A tray ceiling uses decorative molds and creates drama in dining rooms and kitchens. They give the room volume and character by having a cut out above the normal ceiling line.  Think of an upside-down breakfast tray to get an idea. 

 A feature in older homes, this type of ceiling would require a little additional structural work as the ceiling is raised by up to a foot above the normal line.

Vaulted or cathedral ceilings

Like the tray ceiling, a vaulted ceiling adds height and depth to a room, reaching up toward the roofline.

Common to hallway entrances in older period homes, these ceilings definitely give the wow factor; yet they can also provide a wow if being installed in other rooms in the house – in a different way.

The work involved in vaulted ceilings is more complex, and if you think about the volume it adds to a room, they can work great in summer as the higher ceilings lead to cooler rooms, however, when it comes to winter months, you may want to consider the impact this can have on heating.


Exposed beam ceilings

After a natural feel to your home?  Exposed beams might be your choice.  Using exposed timber can create a number of moods and styles, from an industrial urban feel through to a rustic and romantic farmhouse style.

It’s not as simple as removing your existing ceiling though, as formwork used to build a roof is not the same as big chunky old wooden beams.  In this instance, a faux-load bearing beam may provide the desired look and feel.

These styles can work well in kitchens and living rooms, and you may want to consider whether wood paneling is used, or what the finish is behind the exposed beams.

All of these choices can add to the cost and complexity of the project when you are after a certain finish.

While hourly rates and material costs can guide you in your ceiling restoration budget estimates, ensuring you have a ceiling that matches the personality, aesthetic and age of your home and is completed to your desired standard may become more important.

Speak to one of our professional team today to discuss the next steps in your ceiling restoration Perth project.

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