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Ceiling Covering Buying Guide

Ceilings are too often ignored when there are a multitude of décor options to choose from. Choose from tiles, planks and metal in the familiar suspended ceiling systems or glue- or staple-on products.

Ceiling Tiles

Why Cover Your Ceiling?

Treating the ceiling as part of your home decor adds continuity and style to an entire room. In addition to adding visual interest, there are other advantages to upgrading your ceiling covering. A suspended ceiling allows you to hide plumbing, wiring and other utilities while still allowing easy access when necessary. Some coverings offer noise-reducing acoustical benefits. Ceiling coverings are also low- to no-maintenance. Ceilings can be suspended or applied directly over joists or drywall, as long as the ceiling is sound.  

Ceiling Covering Options

Many people associate ceiling tile with the drop-ceiling panels that are common in commercial buildings. These are also a great choice for many homes. However, there are options available at surprisingly low costs. Take some time to get familiar with what's available. Ceiling materials include fiberglass, metal, mineral fiber, PVC and thermoplastic. You can integrate lighting panels into your suspended ceiling or choose from a vast selection of fashion lighting. If your room has higher than normal moisture, such as a bathroom, there are products specifically for humid environments. 

Good to Know

Like flooring, ceiling products need to adjust to the room environment before installing. Read the product instructions for the recommended acclimation time.

Suspended or Drop Ceiling Tiles

Ceiling tiles.

Drop ceiling panels rest in a grid system suspended from the ceiling joists. The nature of the grid system makes it easy to level any ceiling and offers the added benefit of easy access to pipes and wiring above the ceiling. Options include textured tiles, metallic tones and an array of other features including acoustic enhancement.  Some suspended ceiling systems require as little as 3 inch clearance.


Ceiling Panels and Squares

Panels lay into any existing ceiling grid system can be or installed with a new system. Panels and squares are great for basements, kitchens and office spaces.

Metal Ceiling Tiles

These ceiling tiles mount easily, and they're efficient to maintain. You can also pair metal ceiling tiles with coordinating backsplashes for a coordinating kitchen or dining room.  Real metal ceiling tiles are available in historical patterns. Apply directly to plywood or OSB board or use them in a suspended ceiling grid system.

Glue-and Staple-On Ceiling Tiles

From basic textures to elaborate designs, glue-on ceilings offer affordable options for low-maintenance ceilings. They're easy to install, attaching directly to the existing ceiling or onto furring strips attached to the ceiling. Their stucco or sculpted plaster look make a great covering for damaged drywall, plaster or popcorn ceilings.

Plank Ceilings

Tongue-and-groove planks offer a variety of wood grain looks. These can be applied using a grid system or directly to the ceiling.