Drop ceiling vs. plaster


Old 11-12-08, 04:33 PM
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Drop ceiling vs. plaster

I am turning a garage in my raised ranch into a family room/bar. The garage originally had plastered walls and ceiling that was in pretty poor shape so I was forced to tear it down and start over. I am now down to bare bones and need to make a decision on what I should do for a ceiling. I have used a drop ceiling in the basement already (the old bar is becoming the master bedroom and I installed a drop ceiling in there) but I like the look of finished plaster. I know the cost for material alone for the drop ceiling is around $600 to $700 (room is 13 X 24), how much more is a plaster ceiling typically? Not expecting quotes just some info...need to know if it is in the range before I enter the conversation with the other half...thanks for any info you can provide.
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Old 11-12-08, 06:37 PM
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For a DIY project, sheetrock for the ceiling would certainly be cheaper. Materials, a couple hundred bucks. I assume by plaster you mean sheetrock. You probably have walls to do as well, so go ahead and hang the ceiling.

The real difference in my opinion, besides the look is the access. Once you hang the drywall, it's done. With a drop ceiling you can get back up there if and when needed.
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Old 11-13-08, 05:26 AM
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In a garage, you will need to install a scuttle hole any way to meet fire code, so I would sheetrock it and make a scuttle hole in the middle out of the main part of the room. This would give you access after the install. A drop ceiling in a garage may experience wind lift, and that's not desirable.
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