My wife wound up with a house that her ex-stepfather built (he acted as
general). He knew squat about most everything so we now need to install a
ceiling on two outside porches as a precursor to selling the house. Each
porch is 10' x 42'. Possible materials...
1. Beadboard (ply, not planks)
4. Plain old plywood.
5. Hardie board?
Considerations are cost, durability and appearance. Depending on material,
5/8 would be preferred, 1/2" minimum. A sheet size that would minimize
seams would be nice.
Beadboard would be the preferred material but - at least locally - the
thickest available seems to be 3/8". Seems skimpy to me. Plus, it is
pretty dear. T1-11 is getting rather pricey too.
Given the above, drywall seems to be the best bet. I don't particularly
like it for that application but we have it on our porches and it has been
fine for 15 years.
I'd welcome suggestions for other materials and any comments about your
experiences with any.
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