Suspended Ceiling Grid

Old 04-06-09, 02:09 PM
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Suspended Ceiling Grid

I plan on a 2' x 2' suspended ceiling in my finished basement. I've found the traditional metal grid (Armstrong), a plastic suspended grid (ACP HG Grid) and the flush systems (ACP Gridmax or Ceiling Link)that surface mount to the rafters.

Head room isn't an issue for my basement, so loosing a few inches for the suspended ones isn't a big deal, although it would make trimming out the windows easier. On the other hand, my wall system has some upper brackets that won't be completely hidden if I use the flush mount. Crown molding would cover that though, but might look goofy with the drop ceiling.

Aside from that, are there any down sides or up sides to the vinyl vs. the metal? I haven't done a cost analysis yet, but I assume the vinyl is cheaper. I'm going to have can light in the ceiling, does that rule out the vinyl?

Any experience at all would be helpful.
Old 04-06-09, 02:18 PM
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I have always used commercial grade metal grid. I found that the lighter grade metal is very hard to work with (it flexes too much). I have never used vinyl, I assume it would have same characteristics of light metal, or worse.


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