We just built an addition on our house that has two floors. The
addition sits on a slab. We are in the process of finishing the first
floor but cannot agree on what type of ceiling to put in: ceiling
tiles or sheetrock. The argument for ceiling tiles is that, since we
have radiant heat for the second floor, tiles would give us easier
access to the tubing in case there is a problem. Also, it would be
easier to add and change wiring (cable, speaker, ...) Unfortunately,
I find the ceiling tiles to be ugly and expensive. Any opinions
If by "ceiling tiles" you mean a drop ceiling, there are "tiles"
available that look somewhat like old pressed-tin ceilings. Granted,
you'll still be able to see the grid, but they're certainly more
attractive than the typical dirty-white Armstrong stuff that makes you
feel like your basement has had an affair with a cube farm.
I really know nothing about them but have recently seen them in stores.
They can actually be quite decorative in the right setting. Have no idea
or comparative costing.
If resale is ever an option to be considered a drywall ceiling is the only
way to go. Resale or not I would never consider anything else anywhere
except possibly in a basement.
All the other choices have a cheap or commercial look that I choose not to
Just an opinion, no insults intended to those who chose something else.
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Learn to do drywall and don't texture the ceiling, then no problem tearing
into the ceiling and patching it up again.
I have needed to run additional wires in the wall or wherever and no
problem - I just tear it apart if necessary, patch when done, then paint and
you can't tell it was ever torn apart.
As to sanding newly patched walls/ceilings in an existing home and all that
white dust which will get on everything in the room, place a shop vac
outside and run the hose through a window. Then have someone hold the vacuum
nozzle near where the sanding is being done. Then most of the dust goes into
shop vac or outside and not on all the furniture.
"Flair" wrote in message
I vote for drywall. And if pulling future wire is a concern, just
add some conduit to strategic points before the drywall. This is
something I would do in any new home, but I've never seen it done.
Having a few conduits in the right place can make doing stuff in later
years a breeze.
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