Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Ceilings
As I'm sure you can imagine, there is always a lot of planning and thought that goes into a home remodeling project. In spite of all of that planning, clients are often surprised when I suggest that they consider updating that big ceiling space above their heads. Even the best painting contractor or flooring contractor gets concerned when the potential exists that their hard work on a beautiful remodeling project could be overshadowed by an old and outdated ceiling.
The Textured Popcorn Ceiling
This style was very popular back in the late sixties and on through the eighties. It really doesn't age very well as it is susceptible to air pollution (dust, smoke, etc.) and difficult to maintain.
The texture itself makes it difficult to clean or paint. If you have one of these ceilings in a room you that you want to update, what are your options?
Different Ceiling Options
- Conventional Ceiling - This is the kind of ceiling commonly seen in most homes. It is usually drywall based with a flat surface. It is often enhanced with crown mouldings along the top of the walls. It is easy to maintain and update with a fresh coat of paint should the need arise.
- Tray Ceiling - Usually seen in dining rooms and kitchens, tray ceilings are built upwards in a cut out resembling a tray. It has a rectangular center that is either popped out or inverted to add an effect. At the top of this post, I've included a picture of a tray ceiling that we recently installed in Alamo Heights.
- Shed Ceiling - Typically seen in homes with attic space, the shed ceiling has slope that slants upward to one side.
- Beam Ceiling - Beam ceilings are gaining popularity in modern rustic and contemporary-styled homes, but it is actually a traditional style of ceiling in which the load-bearing beams are exposed in the inside of the house. It creates an interesting depth and contrast to the ceiling. These beams are usually made of hardwood. Some houses do not really make use of load-bearing beams, but instead, they use light-weight faux beams that are designed only for visual impact. It is commonly installed in living rooms and dining rooms of spacious homes.
- Suspended Ceiling - Otherwise known as a drop ceiling it is a flat ceiling built below an existing ceiling. It is often used to hide electrical or mechanical fixtures on or below the original ceiling. Most often these ceilings are used in homes with basements.
Some of these ceilings can be installed without making structural changes to your home. Explore the possibilities with us when we discuss your next painting or flooring project.