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Old 05-14-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Ceiling covering: cheap, good looking, easy to put up?

I did a search, but after 17 pages didn't really see anything.
I'm finishing up the walls in my shop in the next two weeks, and it's time (well-past time, actually) to attend to the ceiling.

The shop is 32x40, with open rafters. The sun passes directly over it from 10am to 6pm, the long way, heating the roof shingles and turning the interior into an oven.

On one corner, I have a 10x10 office with storage loft above it, protruding into the rafters. I have "walled" this loft off with foam panels on the rafter trusses and against the roof trusses (allowing air to the eaves) to make a decent, insulated storage area. It is noticeably cooler there than the rest of the open ceiling.

In the back corner, I have a 4x6 closet with storage above it, and will do the same thing with the foam boards.

For the rest of the shop, it's going to get a basic ceiling with no storage in the rafters.

I'm looking at some kind of metal roofing or siding. Eventually I'll blow insulation into the rafters, but for now, just having a barrier between shop and ceiling will make a huge difference.

What have you guys used to cover your ceiling? Sheet rock is time-consuming, messy and very labor intensive, and by the time you get done with all the other supplies (mud, tape, sand paper, dust masks, paint and supplies) it's expensive.

Any suggestions? I'd like it to look semi-decent, but I'm not a TV studio set.

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Old 05-14-2011, 06:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ceiling covering: cheap, good looking, easy to put up?

I'd use a T-Bar grid ceiling. You can get tiles of every description and it will hold insulation.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&b...eiling%20tiles
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Default Re: Ceiling covering: cheap, good looking, easy to put up?

I recently helped a friend install 29 gauge raised ridge white barn siding tin on his shop ceiling. Came out really nice.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:24 PM   #4
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Default Re: Ceiling covering: cheap, good looking, easy to put up?

Easy, cheap, fast and it comes in different colors.





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Is that plastic or metal?
What are the dimensions of each panel? And how much was each panel?

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Old 05-14-2011, 08:16 PM   #6
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I used OSB. It's tough, will hold lots of insulation and I had no prob screwing hooks for hangin' lights. I caulked the seams and hit it with semi gloss paint to bounce the lights.

I'd do it again.
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Is that plastic or metal?
What are the dimensions of each panel? And how much was each panel?

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It is metal. Not the light grade stuff because I used it on some walls as well and wanted it to have the ability to take some bumps. I used both 12 ft & 6 ft panels. Easy to cut w/ everyday circular saw. As for the cost...can't remember but cheap.







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Old 05-15-2011, 09:20 AM   #8
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I am using 1/4" luan plywood at $10 a sheet nailed with 18ga staples from a nailer.
Painting it all white like the rest of the garage, fill the holes with spackling and sand out and you are good to go.
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