An acoustical drop ceiling, sometimes referred to as a suspended ceiling, consists of a hanging metal grid which is suspended by wires from an original ceiling. Then, within this framework, a number of acoustical panels are literally dropped into the channels to form a solid surface. A typical application of this product is to cover up exposed plumbing and wires that run underneath a ceiling’s structure. Although they are generally seen in public buildings such as offices and schools, they can also serve a useful purpose in a private residence.
There are literally hundreds of different types of styles and colors of suspended ceilings to choose from. An important factor in both the look of the finished product and the total cost of your project will depend on the type of tile, grid and size that you desire.
Most people usually ask what is cheaper: a drywall ceiling or a suspended ceiling? That depends on a number of factors as you might imagine, but generally speaking, unless you have chosen a very expensive grid and tile type, the rule of thumb is that if you installing drywall throughout the rest of your project, the price is about the same for either finished product. If you are only installing a ceiling to complete a project that is otherwise already finished, a suspended ceiling would be very efficient, cost-effective and faster to install simply because you are eliminating the process of hanging, finishing and sanding drywall – keeping in mind of course the type of grid and tiles you choose.
Ann Arbor Drywall installs a variety of suspended ceilings in areas such as basements and laundry rooms or office buildings up to 10,000 square foot. Give us a call today to discuss your next project!