I recently had a new 24x34 garage built. I will use it as a shop and
for parking two cars in the winter. I'd like to have some kind of
ceiling in it, to reflect light down, and to keep heat in during the
Finished, painted drywall would look the best, but be difficult to put
up. I'd have to rent a jack, and I constantly be worried about the
jack damaging my newly painted floor. But I'm not worried about it
getting dented (as I've read here before) because my ceilings are
about 10.5 feet high.
But what are the other alternatives? Plywood? (OSB more likely). I
will be putting insulation in the 'attic', too. Not sure if it will
be bats or blown-in yet.
Also am thinking about what I should put on the walls... that will
probably be drywall, I think.
Thanks for any suggestions.
I don't think anything else will be much easier than sheetrock. Sure OSB or
plywood my be lighter, but not enough to make a difference. Plus sheetrock
is 1/2 the price and takes paint better than anything else.
Sheet rock the ceiling then walls. Put up a vapor barrier first.
I drywalled my ceiling using a drywall lift that I rented from the BORG.
Piece of cake, the lift makes it very easy to put overhead sheets up, and
does not damage the floor. Painted white, works very well.
I did something a little different in my shop. I got the 1/4" vinyl-
coated hardboard and used it as both wall covering and ceiling covering.
My primary motivation for going this route vs. drywall is the fact that
removal is easy if one ever wishes to access behind any wall, any time.
I went with the white vinyl vs. OSB for several reasons: 1. OSB out-
gasses horribly for a long time after insulation. 2. OSB sucks up primer
and paint by the bucket, 3. The white vinyl is already white, so,
although it does cost more (mine cost $14 per sheet), I did not have to
either prime or paint it, so in addition to saving on paint, I saved
tons of time.
I just finished installing all of the walls and 2/3 of the ceiling, so
I don't have a long history with the stuff to state how it will hold up,
but this is a shop, I see no significant downsides to this choice, and
the white walls made a bazillion percent difference in the looks and
lighting level. Now comes the rest of the reconfiguration project, got
the wood rack re-installed yesterday and the large dimension lumber
replaced in the rack. I am going to build compartmented storage on the
top shelf for scrap wood storage and also for some other storage (such
as extra flourescent lightbulbs).
I did not see any vinyl coated hardboard at Menards. All they had was
regular hardboard. The 1/4 stuff was around $5 per 4x8 sheet.
Does your ceiling show any sagging at all? Does the vinyl give it any
more strength? If not, and your 1/4 stuff works ok, I might just get
the regular 1/4 hardboard, paint it and put it up.
If you are talking about the 1/4 hardboard, I'm not sure how, being
fastened down on 24" centers, there is going to be much sag possible
unless it ever gets wet. There is moderate bowing that may occur, but
this is pretty minimal as well.
Initially got mine from Home Depot, but got the majority of it from
McEwan Lumber in Tucson. I think Lowes also has this.
My ceiling is a trussed ceiling and did not show any signs of sagging
either before or after installation. I'm not sure how old the shop
building is, I'm guessing at better than 10 years old (it was here when
I moved in 4 years ago).
On 20 Sep 2003 16:02:36 -0700, email@example.com (Ryan) wrote:
Dunno what it's called, but we just sheeted the ceiling in the garage
using a quickie-built platform-thing.
A 4'x4' plywood scrap, a length of PVC tube, a length of closet rod,
and some scrap borgstuff.
Drilled a socket in a lump of borgstuff with a Forstner, to fit the
PVC. Screwed the borgstuff to the center of the scrap ply so it
formed a stringer down the middle of the ply.
Slid the closet rod into the PVC and cut it the same length.
Held the platform up against the rafters and let the rod drop to the
floor, then cross-drilled a small hole for a pin (ok, an old cylinder
head bolt), and a couple of more holes an inch farther down the rod
'just in case'.
Not too much of a fuss to use, and once loaded and lifted, it allowed
one of us to 'steer' the sheet goods and the other one to run the
Did the whole ceiling in a day, including all the dodge-work around
stuff like the garage door opener supports, main I-beam, etc.
Cost was zilch 'cuz the scrap stuff was going out the door anyway.
the dash plumber at mindspring dot com
The last time I sheetrocked a ceiling I just whacked together two T shaped
"crutches" out of a couple of pieces of strapping and let my helpers
(SWMBO and our 15 year old son) use them to push up on the sheetrock in
the right places while I stood on a ladder and spun in the screws. Piece
of cake for a DIY one off job, but I wouldn't suggest using that system to
make a living with.
You might want to consider "painting" the finished job with "textured
ceiling finish" which you can apply with a paint roller. It covers taping
sins beautifully. The stuff I used was a dry powder, to be mixed with
water. You can slap it on with a stiff paintbrush in places you can't get
to with a roller.
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can smile when things are going wrong, you've thought of someone
to blame it on."
If you plan on spending any time or storing any of the usual finishing fluids in
shop, you should use 5/8 or 3/4 drywall.
5/8 is usual code for a fire barrier between garage and house. It may help
fires until help got there.
The other materials recommended are all fairly flamable.
just my $.02,
I used foam board with the silvery reflective surface , 4 by 8 sheets
available at HD or Lowes light as a feather and gives some small amout of
insulation . Cover the seams with duct tape . can easily be handled by one
Speaking of insulation - I wonder why no one has suggested sound insulating
ceiling covering. I'd have thought that, given the noise that can be generated
in a shop, having something absorbe the noise would be useful.
'Course the dust would collect in most sound tile I've seen...
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