Being a neat freak I'd like to install a suspended ceiling in my attached
garage, with recessed fluorescent fixtures. Just like in an office.
Is this something which is generally allowed? I would of course use the
fire retardant ceiling panels. Any other potential code concerns?
I think you overly anal types are kinda weird, but everyone's entitled
to whatever makes them a happy homeowner. Still and all, I think you're
going a bit overboard in cost and aggravation with dropped ceiling if
making your ceiling pretty is all you want to do. Is there any problem
with just plain old drywalling, mudding, and painting, just like you'd
do with any other room? You'd be able to recess the fixtures and
If you do, it will look great.
I always wanted a show car garage.
When you do, be sure to split your whole tile error on both sides, both
Ex., in tiles, 1/8, 1,1,1,1,1,1,1/8 north to south and east to west.
Looks like a real pro job.
Ceiling tiles are especially great for areas that commonly change....utility
Not my cuppa tea, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
Code shouldn't be a problem with fire retardant panels. Do you have the
headroom to lose the likely 3-6 inches? If you have an overhead door,
measure ABOVE the door with it open to see how much clearance you have. And
keep in mind that if you get wind gusts with the door(s) open, venturi
effect will will likely make panels bounce and rattle or pop loose. Make
sure whatever panels you buy can take the humidity swings of a garage- seems
like the corner office in the cheap garages I use always have saggy panels.
I'd go with plastic-coated or well-painted beadboard myself, and surface
mount fixtures. Make sure whatever lights you use are cold weather rated,
and approved for use around gas fumes.
I don't know that I'd go with a suspended ceiling (I hate them anyway),
but a good-looking garage is definitely worth the effort. A family
friend has a large steel shed/garage which he has detailed as lovingly
as the 1950s Ferrari he keeps there. Half of it looks like a 1950s diner
with Coke paraphernalia transformed into various storage and things, and
an old glass-ball gas pump is the stero control. The floor is a
black/white tile. The ceiling is bare white, as I recall, but pristine
and all the mechanicals like AC ducts are painted as well. Not one thing
is out of place.
Well, there's a 2'x2' oil stain on the tiles he wasn't quite able to get
out, but that's it.
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