Finishing Your Basement Ceiling With Acoustical Tile

by N Schneider

A lot of times when people imagine a beautifully-finished basement in their home, they picture it with finished ceilings like they have in the upstairs regions of their house. We all know that plastered or dry-walled ceilings look lovely. However, before you go ahead with your flood damage Brisbane plans, there’s an alternative you need to consider.

When a house is built, a lot of things are hidden in the floors. Electrical wiring, water and drain pipes, and duct work are all built into the floors, and these things will end up inside any type of ceiling you decide to add in your basement. Stop and think about what would happen to a drywall ceiling if a water pipe burst or if you needed to repair the wiring above it. It would require costly demolition and replacement in order to access a problem, and most homeowners would rather not create the extra problems a solid ceiling can cause during the life of the house.

Acoustical tile ceilings, therefore, become a more attractive option. Even though you may think of them as passé and industrial-looking, you need to stop and take a second look. Lots of new styles and patterns of acoustical tiles have become available, and many of them will actually enhance basement décor.

Start by building a solid soffit around the edges of the room. This will provide a base that you can hang the acoustical tile ceiling grid from. It can also be used to create a tray-ceiling effect which is very popular these days. Edging materials can be made of many different colors and materials to add pizzazz to your ceiling.

When it comes to choosing ceiling tiles, you aren’t just restricted to the old white ones with the holes in them. There are dozens of different colors and patterns available in tiles made of such diverse materials as light-reflecting foam, wood veneers, and materials that look like slate or corduroy. You can also purchase 12” interlocking tiles in many decorative patterns which look virtually seamless once they’re installed.

As you can see, suspended acoustical ceilings aren’t what they used to be. Be sure to consider them as a great option when you’re remodeling your basement.