Finishing off the basement is one of the easiest ways to expand living space in your home. A popular choice for the ceiling in a basement remodeling project is an easy to install and economical suspended ceiling. Suspended ceilings have a clean crisp look and are very functional because they hide plumbing and electrical work, yet still allow access to these areas.
What is a suspended ceiling?
A suspended ceiling consists of a grid of sturdy metal supports suspended from the overhead joists. The grid supports are available in several colors to create any look you want as well as wood tones, brass and chrome. After installing the support system, lightweight ceiling panels are dropped onto the supports.
The 2′ x 2′ or 2′ x 4′ panels come in a variety of textures and patterns and several colors. They are made of either wood or mineral fibers or fiberglass. Many are fire resistant, and some have washable surfaces. Others panels have a vinyl surface making them suitable for high-humidity areas or are designed to absorb sound.
Polystyrene lighting panels are available that fit in the standard 2′ x 4′ ceiling grids. If you prefer, you can use other types of lighting. You simply cut the panels with a pair of scissors to fit around the lights.
It’s true DIY
Installing a suspended ceiling is one of the easiest do-it-yourself home improvement projects. No special tools are required and you can probably do the job in a weekend.
If refinishing your basement is on your New Year’s project list, and you are near a Chase-Pitkin store, pick up A Tile Planning & Installation Guide. It will take you through the process step-by-step and includes a helpful grid to plan your ceiling layout.