If your project list includes a ceiling treatment, you may be wondering what type of ceiling is best for your project. Let’s look at a few of the reasons DIYers consider alternatives to drywall ceilings.
When it comes to inspiring design, wall board could leave you high and dry. But drop ceilings offer unique patterns and visuals that can add flair, texture, and warmth to your space.
When investing your time and effort in a ceiling remodeling project, you’ll get a better return and higher style by choosing a decorative ceiling.
From start to finish, more physical work goes into a drywall ceiling vs. another option. Drywall sheets average about 50 lbs. and hoisting them up to the ceiling requires two sets of sturdy arms or a drywall lift. After the drywall is attached to the ceiling beams, there is still a lot of finishing work to do, including covering screw heads, taping, sanding, and painting.
You can typically complete a drop ceiling installation in just a weekend. Drywall will take longer due to extended drying and sanding times. As any enthusiastic DIYer knows, time is always of the essence in a remodeling project!
The biggest advantage to a drop ceiling is that you have easy access to plumbing, electrical wiring, and duct work – all of which can be smartly tucked above the grid.
Also, if any maintenance issues arise, you can simply remove a ceiling tile. Or if a tile gets damaged, it’s easy to replace it. Any damage done to drywall means tearing down the affected sheet and replacing it with a new one - and more prep, sanding, and painting.
Not interested in a drop ceiling? There are tiles and planks that can be installed directly to your ceiling joists.
Consider your style, time, mess, and cost when thinking about alternatives to drywall ceilings.