Vinly over carport ceiling (plaster/cement??)

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Old 07-18-06, 12:58 PM
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Vinly over carport ceiling (plaster/cement??)

The ceiling material under my carport (of a 1957-1959 house) consist of a 1/4" surface layer of a cementitious material over a 1/4" plaster like material (similar to drywall except not as friable). Between the two layer is paper. What may be another layer of paper is located on the other side of the plaster-like material (abutting the joist). For the most part this material(s) is in good condition except that moderate damage has occurred around the fireplace. Prior to our purchase, the roof leaked around the chimney damaging the ceiling in this area. Damage is generally limited to 1 to 2 feet radius around the chimney brick. The ceiling in this area is slightly bowed and/or cracked, Over time it seem to continue deteriorate slightly and occasionally drops small crumbs of ceiling materials

As I am looking to put vinyl siding beneath the carport, two options have been proposed.

1) Remove the plaster at a slight additional labor/disposal cost and place 1x4" at 2 foot center perpendicular to the joists. (This was the original plan, however, their appears to be mis-communication with the contractor who was to remove the plaster).

2) Leave the cementitious/later like material in place and cover with 1 x4 as above. Center could be reduced either over the entire ceiling material or where the material shows damage. Contractor now says he thinks this will be fine and will not require additional labor cost or an estimated $200 disposal cost)

Would appreciate any comments, opinions or other alternatives anyone may have. Thanks in
 
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Old 07-18-06, 03:13 PM
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Don't use "siding". Use solid soffit material, and attach it directly to the ceiling joists with the other stuff in place. Removing it would be a major PITA. The soffiting clicks together. Use Jchannel attached to the ceiling around the perimeter to dress it up.
 
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Sorry, "siding" was a poor choice of words. Should have said soffit as you indicate.

Unless I misunderstand, you recommend leaving the original cementious plaster material in place and covering it with the soffit. Would you have any recommendations concerning the spacing of the 1x4 over the damaged areas. Thanks for your thoughts.
 
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Old 07-19-06, 07:54 PM
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I would just install them either on 16 or 24 centers. There won't be much weight, so that will be sufficient. You will probably crack some of the material, but no big deal, since it will be covered.
 
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