Basement Ceiling Options

Old 02-06-03, 02:58 PM
Rick & Andrea
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Question Basement Ceiling Options

We are finishing our basement and can't decide whether to use a drop ceiling or drywall ceiling. We're told the cost is about the same. Any opinions on which is better? Or what about some ideas on other options?
Old 02-06-03, 05:17 PM
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Rick & Andrea,

This is depending on what you like, first and foremost. Then it will be based upon what is currently in the way of placing a ceiling, i.e. electrical, water and gas pipes, boxing in duct work, access to any shut off valves, etc.

So you make your choice as to what you like first. Some options for ceilings would be the following and there are other alternatives as well;

Drywall - 1/2" can be applied to 16" O.C. joists - Access doors are available for getting to specific areas and they are available for suspended ceilings as well - see links;

Ceiling Max - Attached directly to joists to five maximum height in lower level;

Suspendind Ceiling - Traditional;

Soundproofing - Minimizing sounds;

Hope these help!
Old 02-06-03, 07:06 PM
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Thanks Doug!

We'll check out all of those websites and see if we can't come to an agreement. That's part of the problem! Andrea likes the look of a drywall ceiling, but Rick wanted ceiling tile so he could have easy access to things (plumbing, electrical, etc.), if needed.

One person said, "What's the difference if you use drywall? It would be just like living in a two story house. They don't put drop ceilings on the first floor of a two story house!"

BUT others have said drop ceiling is the way to go since there is so much stuff in the basement ceiling!

Thanks again!
Old 02-07-03, 11:12 AM
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If head height is an issue, drywall is a solution that saves some head room.

Personally, I'm in the drywall camp. makes the space look more like a room and less like a basement.

If drywall is selected, it is a good idea to upgrade any utilities (electrical; telephone/cable to each room; plumbing, etc.) before the drywall is installed.

Leave access panels for valves, and removable panels for cleanout drains/bath tub traps, etc. If drywall does need to the cut, it is very easy (and cheap) to repair.

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