All About Bathroom Aluminum Ceiling
Ceilings have the potential to make or break a room, and it’s smart to include ceiling design features in any remodel or new build. The vast space above your head provides an opportunity to shape the contours of the room or make them fade into the background. Sound-deadening materials, flush-mounted light fixtures, circulating fans, reflective lighting, wood paneling, coving, tiles (tin or acoustic), exposed beams, vaulted architectural details, and dead-flat paint are all possible ceiling treatments depending on the layout and structure of your home. Here are a few ideas to consider.
Removing an Old Ceiling… Or Not
Taking down an old ceiling is a messy, difficult job that shouldn’t be considered lightly. If you do go ahead with the demolition, you’ll enjoy some significant benefits. You might be removing an old plaster ceiling that has perpetual problems with sagging and cracking. With the ceiling removed, you’ll have access to open joist bays that enable you to completely redo the electrical runs to the switches on the wall. This also enables the installation of new can lights and ceiling fans, exactly where you want them.
It’s important to realize that if you just want to paint the popcorn, you’ll need to use a sprayer to properly prime and paint the ceiling because a paint roller filled with wet liquid will dissolve the underlying joint compound and make a mess of the project. And once it’s been painted, you’re committed to the underlying texture in the long run.
Give High Ceilings the Bathroom
So-called “Aluminum” ceilings are a system of lightweight metal rails suspended by wire from a higher ceiling, which are then fitted with tiles of some sort. Popular in commercial office spaces to easily hide mechanical things like ductwork and wiring runs, the network of uniformly sized grid squares found in a drop ceiling enables architects or home improvement gurus to install sound deadening acoustic tiles, pre-fabricated light fixtures, air conditioning vents, and much more in a way that hide the messy mechanical connections and components needed to power a space. While not common in residential homes, if you have higher-than-normal ceilings for a remodel project, it’s worth considering the installation of drops to alter the space and save on the expense of fishing wires and ducting through floors and walls.