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Basement ceilings: Drywall or drop?

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As you decide how to finish your basement, one of the big decisions is whether to have a drywall or drop ceiling. There are several things to keep in mind when you make the decision whether to install a drywall or drop ceiling:

  • If you're having someone do the ceiling, get a couple of estimates each way. The materials for a drywall ceiling will be cheaper, but creating a drop-ceiling using acoustic tiles will be quicker and less messy.
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles will be quieter than drywall. This may be a concern if you don't want sound traveling between levels.
    Basement drop ceiling acoustic tiles
  • If you need access to home theater wiring, electrical, or plumbing, acoustic tile is a much better approach.
  • Although acoustic tiles make your basement seem more like a basement, there are quite a few nice designs in 24"x24" squares that have more style than the typical 24"x48" 'office ceiling' style. Here's a look at a few of the ceiling tile designs available from Armstrong:

Armstrong single raised panel acoustic ceiling tileArmstrong raised panel acoustic ceiling tileArmstrong cascade acoustic ceiling tile

  • If you're feeling really daring, consider less traditional ceilings like wood planking, or tin tiles!
  • Remember if you have water leaks or a toilet overflow on your main level, it may damage a drywall ceiling. With an acoustic tile ceiling you can just swap out the damaged tiles.
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