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Suspended Ceilings

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, suspended ceilings today offer more than just the white, rectangular panels of years past. Today, these ceilings, which offer access to pipes, cables and ducts without having to tear up a ceiling, come in a variety of colors, textures and acoustical abilities besides offering protection against moisture and mold. Found in rooms besides basements and garages, they can be flush mounted for a seamless ceiling look, or custom made in curves and domes for a stylish appearance.

Here are some suggestions on how to pick the right suspended ceiling:
  • To add interest to the ceiling, consider installing panels with a decorative design. Panels come looking like stucco, pebbled surfaces, and sculptured plaster with swirls, leaves and rosettes to give a look of by-gone, fashionable homes.
  • If you like the look of a tin ceiling, consider actual tin or metal panels. There are plastic panels in a variety of designs similar to tin that let you paint them to match the decor of the room.
  • Wooden panels, available in a variety of woods and designs much like the wood tiles put on a floor, give a warm, pleasing look to the room.
  • Although white panels are popular because they reflect light and make a room brighter, you can choose panels with a shinny finish, and the holding grid channels made from polished brass or chrome to lighten the room.
  • To help with lighting, consider installing drop-in lights.

Not all ceiling panels are acoustical. Generally, the thicker and denser the panel, the better the sound deadening ability. But check the specifications of the panels you choose so you get what you want. The same is true for the moisture/mold resistance qualities of the panels and whether the panels can be washed.

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