Suspended ceilings are used for decoration, insulation, soundproofing and more. They are typically made of fiberglass or polystyrene foam panels. It can be purchased unfinished or pre-finished, making installation much easier. It can be used in places where there are fire codes or other regulations that require suspended ceilings, as long as they pass the required tests.
Suspended ceilings are typically anchored to a structural ceiling for extra strength and stability. This may also be called resilient floor systems (RFS) or dropped ceilings.
Table of Contents
- Pros and cons of installing a suspended ceiling in your home:
- Will it be suspended from the floor or ceiling?
- What material will be used to suspend it?
- How do I install suspended ceilings?
- Is there a code requirement for suspended ceiling heights?
- Where can I buy an installation kit for my home’s new suspended ceilings?
- Cost of installation for various sizes of homes (e.g., $300-$500)
Pros and cons of installing a suspended ceiling in your home:
What’s great about suspended ceilings is that you’re not limited to a single ceiling height or style. They can also transform your room into an entirely different environment just by adding some paint and other minor decorating. You can even change the aesthetic depending on the occasion. It’s a great way to get creative when it comes to making your home stand out from the rest.
On the downside, suspended ceilings can add significant cost to a project. The installation is difficult and requires extensive knowledge of construction, especially for suspended ceilings that are suspended with support beams that span from one wall to another. Finally, suspended ceilings in homes can only be installed so high before running into space constraints where plumbing fixtures and ductwork impede its progress.
Will it be suspended from the floor or ceiling?
It depends on the suspended ceiling design. If you have a suspended ceiling with trays, then it will be suspended from the ceiling. If you have a suspended ceiling with grid sections, then it will be suspended from the floor.
What material will be used to suspend it?
Suspended ceiling material is typically suspended from metal or drywall tracks by cables. The suspended ceiling material may be made of expanded metal, plastic, or fiberglass reinforced gypsum. A suspended ceiling can also be called a dropped ceiling.
How do I install suspended ceilings?
You can install suspended ceilings by measuring the area and cutting lattice to match the length. You then need to attach the suspended ceiling from the joists. Next, you cut the 2×2 wood boards to create the edges of the suspended ceiling. Finally, nail them together and attach them to the joists.
Uneven suspended ceilings may be attached to the joists to provide a level suspended ceiling. Subsequent suspended ceilings with the same dimensions can be added. The suspended ceilings can be layered for soundproofing purposes.
Is there a code requirement for suspended ceiling heights?
Yes. In many areas suspended ceilings are not required to be any higher than 7 feet in height due to the OSHA general standard. This is the case unless there is a specific requirement imposed by a fire code, life safety code, or other jurisdiction.
If you’re not sure if your suspended ceiling will be able to conform to this code requirement because of the height, you might want to find out if it’s possible for suspended ceilings in your area to comply with the code requirement.
Where can I buy an installation kit for my home’s new suspended ceilings?
You can buy an installation kit for suspended ceilings from a variety of online and offline retailers. For example, suspended ceiling installation kits are available on Amazon.com, but you’ll need to make sure you know the measurements of your suspended ceilings before ordering one.
Cost of installation for various sizes of homes (e.g., $300-$500)
The cost of suspended ceilings for homes varies depending on the size of the home. We offer suspended ceiling prices for the following sizes:
Average Do It Yourself cost.
- $2.70 / Sqft
- Average Contractor Installed Cost
- $5.50 / Sqft
- Typical Cost Average
- $4.00 – $6.45 / Sqft