Whether you are remodeling your home or building a new one, making a suspended ceiling in the attic can add to the aesthetics of your house while increasing its livability. The installation process can be a bit difficult, though, so it is helpful to have some tips on how to go about this project.
A Typical Suspended Ceiling
The most common type of suspended ceiling is a drop ceiling. These are made up of tiles that hang from a grid. You can find these types of ceilings at many home improvement stores.
These are a popular choice in many homes because they offer an attractive, clean look. They are also very durable and come in a variety of colors.
When installing a suspended ceiling, you will need to install a grid system that includes tees and wall angles. These components create a grid that your ceiling panels will slide into when you are ready to hang them.
You will also need a wire to hang the grid, screws for attaching the tees and angles, framing squares and tape measure, as well as tin snips or side-cutters (electrician’s pliers) to cut the wire.
Besides looking nice, the tees and wall angles provide support for your ceiling panels and keep them square to the ceiling. You will also need a sharp utility knife to cut the panels.
The tees and angles are typically 24 inch by 24 inches or 48 inch by 48 inches, so you will need to purchase the tiles in that size as well. This will help you keep the cost down when you are trying to make a budget friendly DIY project.
If you are unsure how to install the tiles, there are plenty of videos available online that will show you the process. This will make your job much easier and faster, so you can get the job done quicker.
A veteran ceiling installer shares his tips and techniques for hanging a suspended ceiling yourself, including how to lay it out, fasten grid angles and tees, keep the grid square, and cut the ceiling panels.
You can use a ladder to get up high, but it is more convenient to use a rolling scaffold if you have it. A step ladder will work as well, but it is more complicated to maneuver and may not be as safe as a rolling scaffold.
Another option to consider is to rip out the existing tile and replace it with a suspended ceiling. This method will also save you time and money because the ceiling tiles can be removed without affecting the underlying structure.
This is a great way to get your attic and basement finished and insulated, but you will need to be sure that you are following all the regulations in your area before completing this project. If you are concerned about fire safety, be sure to contact a professional contractor to assist with this project.
Suspended ceilings are a good choice for your attic or basement because they allow you to easily access plumbing and wiring that may be hiding behind the tiles. They also make it easy to repair damaged tiles or ductwork. However, you should be aware that these types of ceilings can be leaky and not be a good primary air barrier.