Cost to Cover Basement Columns

Cost to Cover Basement Columns

How much does it cost to cover basement columns? The contractor cost to cover basement columns is $470 vs. doing it yourself for $335 and saving 28 percent. Enter your ZIP Code and adjust the improvement and repair cost for where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 1.7 DIY 3.0
Money Pro $470 DIY $335
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $235 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

A basement free of moisture is a bonus in any home because the space is under roof and already heated, so it's ripe for remodeling. A basement has unlimited possibilities as a home office, playroom or family room. The first phase of reclaiming the space down under is getting rid of the stuff that's accumulated there over the years. Once that's done, the next challenge is dealing with the Lally columns or structural vertical support poles that cannot be removed. We found a pole wrap made of a flexible half-inch wood veneer that looks good when finished with a wood stain. The coverup goes a long way to transforming the lower level to attractive living space.

The pole wrap has a flexible backing and comes in 8-foot lengths with three different widths, so it fits most support columns. The material is installed with construction adhesive and has a cap and base set to finish off the top and bottom of the pole.

To cover two 4-inch diameter support columns with caps and bases, a contractor will charge $470, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the material for $335 and do it yourself and pocket a 28 percent saving. To cut the material to length you'll need a fine tooth saw, miter box and utility knife. You'll need finishing nails to add the caps and bases to the poles. For more information go to

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The average price to cover basement columns noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020

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