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Ceiling Covering Buying Guide
Ceilings are too often ignored when there are a multitude of decor options.Choose from tile, planks and metal in the familiar suspended ceiling systems, or glue or staple-on products.

Why Cover Your Ceiling?

Treating the ceiling as part of your home decor adds continuity and style to an entire room.In addition to adding visual interest, there are other advantages to upgrading your ceiling covering. A suspended ceiling allows you to hide plumbing, wiring and other utilities, while still allowing easy access when necessary. Some coverings offer noise-reducing,acoustical benefits.Ceiling coverings are also low-to no-maintenance.Ceilings can be suspended or applied directly over joists or drywall, as long as the ceiling is sound.
Ceiling Covering Options
Many people associate ceiling tile with the drop-ceiling panels that are common in commercial buildings.These are also a great choice for many homes.However, there are options available at surprisingly low costs. Take some time to get familiar with what's available.Ceiling materials include fiberglass, metal, mineral fiber, polyvinyl chloride(PVC) and thermoplastic.You can integrate lighting panels into your suspended ceiling, or choose from a vast selection of fashion lighting.if your room has higher than normal moisture,such as a bathroom, there are products specifically for humid environments.
Remember that like flooring, ceiling products need to adjust to the room environment before installing.Read the product instructions for the recommended acclimation time.

Suspended or Drop Ceiling Tile


 

Drop ceiling panels rest in a grid system suspended from the ceiling joists. The nature of the grid system makes it easy to level any ceiling and offers the added benefit of easy access to pipes and wiring above the ceiling. Options include textured tile, metallic tones and an array of other features including acoustic enhancement. Some suspended ceiling systems require as little as 3-inch clearance.

Ceiling Panels or Squares

Panels lay into any existing ceiling grid system or can be installed with a new system. Panels and squares are great for basements, kitchens and office spaces.

Metal Ceiling Tile


 

These mount easily and aren't hard to maintain. You can also pair metal ceiling tile with coordinating backsplashes for a coordinating kitchen or dining room. Real metal ceiling tile are available in historical patterns. Apply directly to plywood or strand board (OSB), or use them in a suspended ceiling grid system.

Glue-On and Staple-On Ceilings

From basic textures to elaborate designs, glue-on ceilings offer affordable options for low-maintenance ceilings. They're easy to install, attaching directly to the existing ceiling or onto furring strips attached to the ceiling. Their stucco or sculpted plaster look make a great covering for damaged drywall, plaster or popcorn ceilings.

Plank Ceilings


 

Tongue-and-groove planks offer a variety of woodgrain looks. These can be applied using a grid system or directly to the ceiling.