Basement Ceiling Choices – Which type of ceiling best suits a basement: Drop Ceiling or Drywall?

ceilingtile-lights2Finishing a basement can be a massive undertaking.  There are many choices to make when you finish a basement including the color of the walls and the type of bathroom fixtures.

Deciding what type of ceiling to install in your basement may not be an exciting or fun design endeavor but, it is one of the most important choices you will make.  The type of ceiling you put up in your basement will affect the entire home in terms of style and design and functionality and purpose.

Rescon Basement Solutions installs two (2) types of ceilings, the drop or suspended ceiling (ceiling tiles) and the drywall ceiling.

Let’s talk about the drop ceiling.

The Drop or Suspended Tile Ceiling for Basements

There are many advantages to installing and finishing your basement ceiling using ceiling tiles.  Also called “drop ceilings”, the use of tiles in a basement is a popular way to complete a ceiling.  Today’s ceiling tiles can vary from the old-school speckled style to beautiful geometric designs and even colors.  Don’t shy away from looking at installing a drop/suspended ceiling because you may have some image of ugly office space tiles in your mind.

The main advantage of using a drop ceiling or ceiling tiles is easy access to plumbing and wiring.  A drop ceiling is just that, it is dropped from the floor joists above your basement space.  Many homeowners prefer to have a drop ceiling in their basement because plumping and wiring is typically installed in the space above and getting to it is easy.

In the event of a plumbing leak, the damage to the basement ceiling may be limited to only a few basement ceiling tiles.  It is simple to replace damaged ceiling tiles but it may not be so easy to fix up damage done to a sheetrock ceiling.

One of the biggest disadvantages of a drop ceiling is the loss of headroom.  A drop ceiling requires the installation of strapping or a frame that hangs either 4 or 6 inches from the floor joists.  If you have low headroom in your basement, you may not be able to install a drop or suspended ceiling.

Your project manager will help you take into consideration plumbing and wiring and the current headroom of your basement along with how much you may have to give up with a drop ceiling for your basement.

Our next blog will tell you all about using sheetrock for your new basement ceiling.