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Old 01-12-2009, 06:16 PM   #1
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Question What materials to use for the garage ceiling?

What would be a good alternative to sheetrock for the garage ceiling? I'm using 1/2" plywood (cabinet stock on one side) for the walls, which works great. I'm looking for something lowbuck, but decent looking for the ceiling.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:32 PM   #2
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In my opinion sheet rock is the cheapest and best looking. The only ones did with ply wood I have seen that looked ok had 2" strips that covered all of the joints. Plywood bows and warps so the joints look bad after. Metal looks ok depending on how the rest of the garage is but it is expensive. either leave it unfinished or sheet rock is my opinion.
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I used corrugated tin on mine. Got it at lowes, not sure if your local lowes would have it though but you can check by where they have roofing or lumber. It was $14 for 30"x8' sheets and $19 for 30"x12' sheets. Not horribly expensive but still more than sheetrock. Im using it since i plan to do a lot of fab work in that area so i want something that will hold up to the abuse and its an older barn too so it fits.


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Old 01-12-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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It's not low buck, but I went with 1x8x8 knotty pine car siding. It is a one man job to install. I wanted something sturdy to hang 50 bicycles from. Plus it looks good.
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:31 AM   #5
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Default Re: What materials to use for the garage ceiling?

Remember the installed cost and maintenance!

Sheet metal type materials go up and you are done with them. No other maintenance or painting is required. Sheet rock requires mudding the joints, finishing, and painting, sometimes often. Galvanized sheet like pictured above is OK and there are many other pre-coated sheet metal products available. There are even reflective faced insulating materials available that can work on high ceilings out of harms way.
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:51 AM   #6
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I used corrugated tin on mine. Got it at lowes, not sure if your local lowes would have it though but you can check by where they have roofing or lumber. It was $14 for 30"x8' sheets and $19 for 30"x12' sheets. Not horribly expensive but still more than sheetrock. Im using it since i plan to do a lot of fab work in that area so i want something that will hold up to the abuse and its an older barn too so it fits.
That's what I plan on doing, how do all the seams look, or can you even see them? I was curious as they have a seam every 2' or so...

Looks great to me from the pics.
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:46 PM   #7
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Ive got white metal up... and highly recommend.

It really reflects light well and goes up quick with no stinking sanding or painting. If you decide to go with metal. Get the cheapest paint available. Some suppliers even offer 2nds that are much cheaper. I did my whole shop ceiling (`1700 sq/ft) in about 2 days for about 1300 bucks



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Old 01-13-2009, 02:04 PM   #8
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Default Re: What materials to use for the garage ceiling?

I'm considering white metal siding/roofing as well for the ceiling,I don't feel like taping and mudding or paying to have it done.How does it hold up to the weight of the insulation,I'm thinking of going with blown insulation in the attic.
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I used 1/2" OSB on the walls and 7/16" OSB on the ceilings in my garage. I'm thinking of painting the ceiling white to reflect a little light.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:53 PM   #10
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That's what I plan on doing, how do all the seams look, or can you even see them? I was curious as they have a seam every 2' or so...

Looks great to me from the pics.
When i did the walls you cant see them but since i did the ceiling by myself, the ridges arent lined up so it kind of breaks up the pattern a little and you can see a little bit of a seam. But this is definitely a 2 person job with the larger sheets because the they like to fold over ontop of you when your screwing them up.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:14 PM   #11
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Default Re: What materials to use for the garage ceiling?

I am most likely going to finish my ceiling with steel also.

PurdueSD,
Is there a j-channel type trim around the perimeter of your ceiling?

Did you finish the ceiling before the walls, or does it matter which goes up first?

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Old 01-13-2009, 07:23 PM   #12
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I'm considering white metal siding/roofing as well for the ceiling,I don't feel like taping and mudding or paying to have it done.How does it hold up to the weight of the insulation,I'm thinking of going with blown insulation in the attic.
I plan to insulate with blown in also. The steel is screwed about every 4 foot one direction and every 2 foot the other. Its very solid, the weight from insulation wont be a problem.

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I am most likely going to finish my ceiling with steel also.

PurdueSD,
Is there a j-channel type trim around the perimeter of your ceiling?

Did you finish the ceiling before the walls, or does it matter which goes up first?

Thanks,
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Yes there is J channel. I put the ceiling up before the walls. Only reason being i wanted to get the steel off the floor and hadn't bought the wall sheets at that point. In a perfect world i would probly do the walls first, then the ceiling so the J covers the top of the sheets to hide any gaps from cutting on the wrong side of a line on accident. But either way is acceptable. Its not like drywall where you need to do the ceiling first.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:03 AM   #13
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If you use blown-in insulation and sheet metal consider the vapor barrier. The sheet metal has to be better than sheet rock tho. I never figured out how blown-in insulation provided a vapor barrier.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:58 PM   #14
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Ive got white metal up... and highly recommend.

It really reflects light well and goes up quick with no stinking sanding or painting. If you decide to go with metal. Get the cheapest paint available. Some suppliers even offer 2nds that are much cheaper. I did my whole shop ceiling (`1700 sq/ft) in about 2 days for about 1300 bucks
Where did you buy it from? I think I might go this route. What size sheets did you use?
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:40 PM   #15
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I purchased the sheets cut to my specified length. 3ft wide by whatever length you need. I had some 14', 16' and 20'. For the 20s i took 3 of us to hang them. I purchased them from a local co-op, but you can get them at any building supply, even home cheapo stocks standard length.
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:27 AM   #16
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I used 1" foil faced board. It is lightweight enough that you can lift it in place with one hand, and strong enough to hold your insulation in place. The 1" thick foil insulation board is R6.5. Above the R6.5 board I have R19 fiberglass blankets, and on top of the R19 blankets, I have loose cellulose insulation blown in for a R40 ceiling.
The foil ceiling reflects both heat and light down to your work area, and with 10 foot ceilings, I won't be bumping it to tear the foil.
This morning the outdoor temp was -44 and my garage was at +20 with no heat added. Just the insulation is giving me a 60 degree rise over outdoor temps.
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:30 AM   #17
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Mine's a little different but I guess corrugated is corrugated.....







I used unmarked OSB trimmed in cedar as well....



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I used 1" foil faced board. It is lightweight enough that you can lift it in place with one hand, and strong enough to hold your insulation in place. The 1" thick foil insulation board is R6.5. Above the R6.5 board I have R19 fiberglass blankets, and on top of the R19 blankets, I have loose cellulose insulation blown in for a R40 ceiling.
The foil ceiling reflects both heat and light down to your work area, and with 10 foot ceilings, I won't be bumping it to tear the foil.
This morning the outdoor temp was -44 and my garage was at +20 with no heat added. Just the insulation is giving me a 60 degree rise over outdoor temps.
Where did you get this board? This is exactly what I am looking for, something with good insulation properties and is lightweight. Is it a certain brand name? Thanks.
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:37 AM   #19
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If you have the $ ... This ceiling would be functional, maintenance free and very lighted:

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Old 04-22-2009, 01:24 PM   #20
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Figured I'd bring this one back to ask, if you put OSB on the ceiling do you need to put strapping on the trusses?

I've seen/heard of people screwing the osb right to the truss.
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