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BETTER CHOICE: SUSPENDED CEILING OR DRYWALL?

Installing a ceiling in your basement can turn your basement into either a bedroom or a family room or a little apartment that you could rent out. So when renovating your basement, you are faced with the age-old dilemma of whether you should install a suspended ceiling or a drywall ceiling. Basement ceilings by Snap Clip will help you make the best decision. Here are some pros and cons of both drywall and suspended ceiling, that would help you settle some of your doubts.

Height:

When renovating the basement, the height of the ceiling could be an issue. When going for drywall, you lose less than an inch of the ceiling height, as it can directly be attached to the joists of the main floor. On the other hand, in the case of a suspended ceiling, you would require 3-6 inches of space below the joists of the floor. Though, there are some manufacturers who claim that their tiles require a clearance of mere 2inches. But however, it would lower your ceiling.

In the case of newer homes, the space needed by a suspended ceiling does not create a lot of problems. Whereas in the older homes the chances of the basement being shallow are quite high, making suspended ceiling an impractical option. In case of drywall ceiling, if there are any electrical wire or plumbing pipes on the underside of the joists, you will have to relocate them before the installation.

Access:

Permanently covering the electrical junctions with drywalls is in violation of the building codes. On the other hand, in the case of a suspended ceiling, you can simply move the tile in order to access the junction box or plumbing. It does not violate any building codes.

Potential Damage:

Basements are more prone to water seepage. An overflowing sink or a backed up toilet can do water damage to the basement and permanently stain the wall. If you have a drywall ceiling, in case of water damage large sections of the ceiling would have to be removed and the entire ceiling would be refurbished. Whereas in the case of a suspended ceiling, only the stained tile needs replacing. So it is less cumbersome and easier on the pocket.

Soundproof:

Most of the times the basement is used as a playroom or a family room, where kids spend their time playing video games. If this is the case then, a drywall ceiling is not the perfect choice. As it is directly attached to the floor joists, it blocks very little sound. Though there are special resilient channels available in drywall which block sound, they increase the cost of the project. If opting for sound absorbing dry walls, it would lower the ceiling which is taken to be as one of the main advantages. The tiles of suspended ceilings are made out of sound absorbing materials, so it prevents sounds from the basement from travelling upwards and vice versa.

Aesthetics:

When opting for a suspended ceiling, there is a vast range of choices that are available. They are available not only in different sizes but also in various colours and finishes. Some of the options even resemble an old fashion, tin ceiling.

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