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Looking to add more living space to your home? Try the basement! With a little imagination, you can turn your unfinished basement into a home theatre, a family room, a playroom, a man cave – even a bedroom. There are many different basement remodeling ideas to choose from. One of the design elements you’ll need to consider for your new basement is the ceiling. A ceiling helps to create the look and feel of a real room – and it covers up exposed floor joists, wiring, and ductwork.
Basement Ceiling Considerations
Exposed ductwork –Choose a decorative suspended ceiling to hide ductwork, plumbing, and electrical cables, while providing access for maintenance or repairs.
Drywall is expensive to tear out and replace. A drop ceiling is a better solution since it hides your home’s systems and provides easy access when needed. Drop ceiling panels are also easy to replace if they become damaged.
Lighting – Reduce the need for electric light fixtures by installing a highly reflective suspended ceiling. Armstrong offers ceiling panels that reflect up to 90% of the light that strikes their surface.
Noise reduction – Suspended ceilings can improve sound quality in a basement room. While most Armstrong ceilings offer sound isolating qualities, many offer extra sound reduction to further lessen noise within a room or noise traveling from room to room, absorbing up to 70 percent of the sound that strikes their surface.
Moisture – A dehumidifier will help remove moisture, especially during the summer months. Also look for suspended ceiling products that offer sag resistance and are specially treated to inhibit the spread of odor- and stain-causing mold and mildew on the surface.
“For mold and mildew resistance, look for drop ceiling panels enhanced with BioBlock®, says Lori Rowley, marketing manager, Armstrong Residential Ceilings. “This is an anti-microbial treatment that inhibits the growth of mold and mildew and other types of bacteria, which is ideal for basements.”
Classic beadboard installed on the ceiling is a great way to update a basement ceiling without spending a lot of time or money. While beadboard does lend a hint of cottage appeal, it’s fresh, uncomplicated styling goes well with traditional and contemporary décor as well. Prefinished WoodHaven® beadboard ceiling planks are maintenance-free, affordable, and easy to install yourself. You only need a few simple tools, and you can do the job in the space of a weekend. WoodHaven beadboard planks offer superior humidity and sag resistance for use in typically humid areas like basements and bathrooms.
Another reason to choose a decorative ceiling is performance. Many ceiling products can do more than look pretty – they actually help improve the comfort of the space. Unlike a typical drywall ceiling, Armstrong ceiling products can actually help improve the comfort of your basement.
With these tips, create your own checklist for your basement project. Advance planning will help you achieve the basement design you want, from bottom to top.
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