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Basement Remodeling: Choosing Between a Drop Ceiling and Drywall Ceiling

Basement Remodeling: Choosing Between a Drop Ceiling and Drywall Ceiling

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March 15, 2010

You have already decided on the flooring and waterproof walls, but what kind of basement ceiling will you choose--a drop ceiling or a drywall ceiling? Your final choice depends on several factors, from style preferences to practical considerations such as access to wiring, pipes, and heating ducts. Read on to learn the pros and cons of each basic basement ceiling type. Be sure to discuss each option with your basement remodeling contractor.

Drop Basement Ceiling Details

Drop ceilings are also known as suspended ceilings. To create a drop ceiling, basement ceiling tiles or panels are placed in a grid of metal bars; these bars are then tethered to overhead joists via wires. Basement remodeling contractors may advocate drop ceilings for the following reasons:

  • You will have easy access to the inner working of your home, including plumbing, wiring, and ventilation systems. When you need to fix a faulty pipe or install cable TV, you can simply drop out a few ceiling panels.
  • Drop ceilings can function as sound insulators. Your basement remodeling contractor can easily install a layer of insulation between your drop ceiling and your basement joists. The panels themselves can also muffle noise, so sleeping children won't be bothered by movie-night sounds.
  • Drop ceiling panel choices can fit any style. Wood planks, painted tiles, vintage tin, faux metal, or wood are just a few of the numerous options available.
  • Installation is usually cheaper than the labor costs of putting in a drywall ceiling.

Drywall Basement Ceiling Facts

Your basement remodeling contractor may point out the benefits of a drywall ceiling, including:

  • Some people prefer the finished look of a drywall ceiling, or they want their basement ceiling to look like the rest of the ceilings in their house.
  • Your basement may have more finished space and a higher ceiling. Drop ceilings take up a minimum of eight inches of overhead space.
  • The materials costs are usually not as high as the supplies needed for a drop ceiling.
  • You can add style to your finished look with a drywall texture finish, such as a drywall ceiling swirl texture.

Weigh your options carefully and talk with your basement remodeling contractor before you pick either a drop ceiling or a drywall ceiling for your basement renovation. You should be happy with your wise choice every time you look up.

About the author: Nancy Schatz Alton writes and edits in Seattle, Washington. Her circa 1925 home just underwent an extensive remodel.
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