There are two schools of thought when it comes to installing basement ceilings MI: drop and drywall. A drop ceiling is made up of separate panels that hang in a framework a few inches below the beams of the basement ceilings. This framework hangs by wire, and the panels are movable. On the other side of the coin is drywall, which means the ceilings are installed as standard ceilings are installed throughout a house. Both have advantages and disadvantages, depending on your priorities and considerations.
- Do you run a lot of wires throughout your house? Do you have cable and satellite wires, along with internet cords running through your basement? If so, you may want easy access to them when problems occur. In this case, a drop ceiling would make sense. With a drop ceiling, you can move the panels out of the way to access whatever is in the basement ceilings. In this case, you could move a panel to replace or move a cord or cable. Drywall ceilings could pose a problem if you have to replace any cables. You could have to cut into the ceiling in that case, depending on how your wires are run.
- How much time do you have? A drop ceiling can be installed in as little as a day, provided your contractor knows how to install it efficiently. A drywall ceiling will likely take a little longer. With a drywall ceiling, you need to first install the wood frame, and then install the pieces of drywall. Once the drywall is up, you have to use joint compound to fill in the cracks and the holes where the screws are. Then, these spots need to dry and be sanded. It could take several coats for the seams and the holes to be smooth enough for painting. Then, one or two coats of paint need to be applied. This is a process that could take several days, or even over a week. If time is a consideration, you may want a drop ceiling.
- Is value your biggest concern? Then you want a drywall ceiling. Many people do not care for drop ceilings, and if you want your home to have optimal resale value, take the time and energy to install a proper drywall ceiling. It will look much nicer.
Regardless of which type you choose, basement ceilings MI can be installed professionally, and they can add a level of completeness to a finished basement.