Basement Remodeling: Choosing Between a Drop Ceiling and Drywall Ceiling
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
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,
- 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
- 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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