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Installing a Suspended Ceilingfrom: Maxx Home Guides
Installing a suspended ceiling is a great way to cover your ceilings or non-existing ones. They work quite well in most spaces, including basements. There are a variety of suspension methods available, but the most common are those that provide a grid like pattern where ceiling tiles are laid into place to cover up what you want hidden, such as pipes and base flooring.
With some help, you can install a suspended ceiling in a few days, but the job requires some planning and work ahead of time to ensure the process goes smoothly.
Here are a few tips to help you to make the process of installing suspended ceilings easier.
Measure beforehand. One of the major mistakes homeowners make is not properly planning ahead. You need to know how much headspace you'll have once your suspended ceiling is installed.
Remember to check for zoning laws in your area, which is especially important if you have a new construction property where inspectors are looking over the details of your project. Most areas require at least 7 1/2 feet of headspace.
If you're installing a suspended ceiling over top of an existing one, you'll need at least four inches of space in between. This provides enough room to tilt the tiles into position on the grid.
Make sure each step in the process is leveled correctly. If you don't take enough time to ensure each runner and modeling piece is in place properly, you'll end up with a slanted or tilted ceiling which will look awful.
For wiring that runs to electrical outlets or light fixtures, you'll need to cover them with a flexible metal conduit. Most code requirements state there must be some form of protection put in place.
Before installing a suspended ceiling, do some research on the various types of suspension ceilings available. Some provide a variety of different grid patterns. Some are wood, others are plastic or metal. Choose the one that works best within your budget and for the look you're after.
You don't have to use drywall or boring tiles to fill in your grid once it's up. You can get patterned or even textured ceiling tiles to place into the grid. This helps create a great looking space no one will realize was so easy to install.
Taking the time to do it right will ensure this type of suspension design lasts for years to come.
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