Home and business owners in Los Angeles and surrounding areas depend on us for board-up services. There are many reasons to board up a property. It helps protect a structure affected by fire, storms, or other disasters and can also be an effective preventative measure. But it does come at a cost.
According to information from Angi, the average cost to board up a single window with plywood is $250. However, it can range from $100 to $400 per window, depending on the reason for boarding up a property. Pre-cut sheets of plywood are often needed, which cost about $1 to $3 per square foot.1 You’ll also need to purchase nails, fasteners, a hammer, or other supplies to secure the panel.
Cost of Labor
You may spend as little as $50 each by boarding up windows yourself. But this isn’t always the most cost-effective option, as a professional has the experience to do the job correctly in less time. A contractor that provides board-up services may charge $50 to $100 per hour for labor. Permanent installations require more work compared to, for example, boarding up for a storm, so will cost more.1
Other Factors Determining the Cost of Board-Up Services
The total cost of a board-up service varies greatly from project to project. Some of the most significant factors in calculating the full price of service include:
- Size/Number of Windows: The larger the window, the more material that’s needed to cover it. You’ll also need more supplies to secure the board, while a large window requires more labor to board up. Also, the more windows that need to be covered, the higher the project cost.
- Boarding Material: Plywood is a common board-up material and is available in different qualities. We recommend using plywood that’s at least ⅝ to ¾ inches thick. Orient Strand Board (OSB), a construction material used for wall sheathing, roofing, and siding, costs a little less on average ($32 to $77 per 4-by-8-foot sheet). Generally, installing an OSB board costs about $25 to $30 per hour for labor.2
Other materials, such as shatterproof polycarbonate sheets and high-strength particleboard, vary in cost depending on size, thickness, and material quality.
- Location: Labor costs vary significantly depending on the state or city you live in. Therefore, your geographic location impacts the cost of boarding up windows. Transportation costs may also factor in if materials must be shipped from out-of-state vendors and suppliers.
- Timing/Urgency: A board-up service request can come at any time. If the job is required on a weekend or holiday or the request is urgent, material costs and labor fees will be higher. Urgent situations include storms, fires, earthquakes, and other events that require a building to be boarded up on short notice.
How Can I Save on Board-Up Services
People often consider a DIY approach, but the costs can still be significant. You need to purchase materials, fasteners, and other supplies. Making a mistake will require purchasing more items and possibly hiring someone to repair any damage caused. You may also spend many hours taking accurate measurements, preparing materials, and fully securing every board.
A professional’s fee may seem more expensive upfront. However, they often provide quality materials at lower prices and are far more productive. The contractor’s liability insurance covers any problems that may occur during a project, so no additional costs are incurred. They will also ensure your property is fully protected against weather-related damage, unauthorized entry, and other threats that can increase financial losses.
Hire Restorerz for Board-Up Services
Restorerz – Emergency Services provides board-up and tarp-up services across the Los Angeles area. Our IICRC-certified professionals can respond to emergencies in 1 hour or less, 24 hours a day. We also work with all insurance companies to ensure your expenses are covered. To request prompt board-up service with competitive pricing, contact us online or call (323) 402-6156.