Of all the DIY projects you complete for your home, remodeling a room is the most rewarding. All the while you’re working
on it, you imagine the beautiful room that is evolving under your creative direction and energies. If your project list includes
a ceiling treatment, you may be wondering whether to install a suspended ceiling or a drywall ceiling. There are a number of good reasons DIYers choose suspended ceilings. Let’s look at a few.
With a suspended or drop ceiling, a grid of metal hangs by wires from the ceiling support beams. The critical part of the installation is leveling your suspended
ceiling. A laser level takes only a few minutes to set up and will easily determine precise height measurements.
From start to finish, more physical work goes into a drywall ceiling vs. a suspended ceiling. Drywall sheets average about
60 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, sanding and painting.
You can complete a suspended ceiling installation in 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 suspended ceilings have over drywall is that you have easy access to plumbing, cable and electrical
wiring and duct work – all of which can be smartly tucked above the grid. Also, if any maintenance issues arise, you simply
remove a ceiling tile. 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.
When it comes to inspiring design, drywall will leave you high and dry, while suspended ceiling options offer unique sizes
and styles, like beautiful coffered ceilings and classic tin looks that can add flair, dimension and warmth to your space. Suspended ceiling tiles also come in paintable
white so you can color coordinate the tiles with your walls and floors.
When investing your time and effort in a ceiling remodeling project, you’ll get a better return and beautiful looks by choosing
a suspended ceiling.