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Drop Ceilings vs. Drywall Ceilings

Discover why a drop ceiling is a better option than drywall on your next ceiling remodeling project.

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 coming together under your creative direction.

If your project list includes a ceiling treatment, you may be wondering whether to install a drop ceiling or a drywall ceiling. There are a number of good reasons DIYers prefer drop ceilings vs. drywall. Let’s look at a few.

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Drop Ceilings Offer More Design Options

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Drop Ceilings Offer More Design Options

When it comes to inspiring design, drywall will leave you high and dry. But drop ceilings offer unique styles, like beautiful coffered ceilings and classic tin looks that can add flair, texture, and warmth to your space. Drop 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 drop ceiling.

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Installing Drywall Requires More Labor

Installing Drywall Requires More Labor

From start to finish, more physical work goes into a drywall ceiling vs. a drop 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.

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Drop Ceilings Are Faster to Install

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Drop Ceilings Are Faster to Install

You can complete a drop 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!

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Drop Ceilings Offer Access Above the Ceiling

Drop Ceilings Offer Access Above the Ceiling

The biggest advantage drop 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 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.