So, you’re renovating your basement?
Renovating your basement not only helps you to fix any issues you have with moisture but it also adds some functionable square footage to your home.
Have you decided between drywall or drop ceilings for this project? It’s probably one of the more debatable questions when completing a basement project.
The decision between drywall and drop ceilings seems to be a choice of aesthetics, whichever is more visually appealing. Drywall ceilings are assumed to look more visually appealing.
A drop ceiling, on the other hand, gives you easier access to things such as ducts and pipes and does offer you more possibilities to personalize.
Ceilings Birmingham AL: Drywall Ceilings Are More Difficult to Install
If the ductwork for the air conditioning or heating is just right below the joists in your basement, you have two options. You can either do a dry walled ceiling throughout the entire basement or you can have a drop ceiling in the rest of the basement with the drywall simply to contain the ductwork that is low-set ductwork.
Drywall ceilings do take more work to install as opposed to a drop ceiling. The sheets for drywall are about 60 pounds so it takes two strong people to lift them. Once the drywall is on, you still have more work to do covering screws, sanding and painting, and cleaning up.
Drywall ceilings are definitely not a DIY project. On the other hand, drop ceilings can be a DIY project because they are lighter and quicker to install.
Ceilings Birmingham AL: Drop Ceilings Advantages and Disadvantages
Drop ceilings (which are also called suspended ceilings) has the potential to save tension caused by maintenance. As mentioned in the beginning, if you need access to pipes or ducts, you’ll only have to move a few tiles. If you want to hide wires, all you have to do is move a tile over and tuck them in behind the grid.
Drywall does require tearing out the drywall and then repairing once you’re done if you need access to anything above the ceiling.
Did you know that drop ceilings can also suppress sound? That’s why they’re called acoustical ceilings.
Do you want your basement to be transformed into a music room? Or what about a theater? Drop ceilings would be a great way to create this space while also reducing any noise.
Drop ceilings are also resistant to mold, safe for the environment, and quick to install. Drop ceilings also does not require much clean up as compared to drywall ceilings.
Ceilings Birmingham AL: Personalizing Your Drop Ceilings
Drop ceilings have not had the best reputation. People tend to imagine drop ceilings as the white tiles and metal grids. However, it is important to note that this is most definitely not the only option.
There are many options to personalize drop ceilings.
Ceiling tiles can be customized as you want. They can be given a look that is more suitable to your taste: contemporary, modern, sophisticated, etc., whatever it may be.
You can even make the tiles look like metal or wood. The strips can also be personalized and decorated as you wish.
Drop ceilings most definitely do not have to be boring.
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