Beautiful Suspended Ceiling Installation

Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs

As years go by, "cathedral" ceilings were in vogue because they made a room look bigger, and the soaring beams created a spacious outdoor feeling.

The energy crunch has made it clear that rooms with these ceilings really are almost as difficult to heat and cool as the great outdoors. The cost of heating and cooling such a volume of space has become so prohibitive that homeowners are looking for some practical way of reducing the cost anyway possible in these tough economic times.

"Dropping" the ceiling is the quickest, easiest and least expensive way to reducing the volume or a room. And it's a do-it-yourself job all the way.

The most attractive of these ceilings is the type that has a metal grid that is the same color as the tiles that fit in them. The metal then blends into the pattern of the tile and appears to be part of the pattern. You can find on-line any type of suspended ceiling tiles at big box stores. The varieties and styles are endless. There is considerable variety in the patterns of the tiles for suspended ceilings, and some types should have fire-resistant rating. Thus, your first step is to select a tile that is suitable for the room.

A formal style goes well in a formal living room, and informal style suits a family or recreation room. The length and width of the room determine how may feet of main runners and cross tees you will need, as well as the molding nailed to the wall at the height you want the new ceiling.

After selecting the height of the ceiling, nail up the moldings, being careful to keep them absolutely level and flush with each other. Lengths of wire now are nailed to the ceiling joists and suspended to support the main runners. These are leveled running a tout chalk line across the room from the wall moldings and lengthening or shortening the wires.

Next, shorter crosspieces are fitted between the main runners. They are held to the runners by tabs that fit in openings in the main runners and are bent over to lock them firmly in place. Since the main runners already have been leveled, the cross tees also should be level.

The tiles now are lifted up through the metal framing and dropped down on the metal shapes, so the edges rest on the runners and tees.

The tiles readily lift out when, and if, it is necessary to get to the area above the ceiling.

While there is no "standard" height for a ceiling, the usual 8 ft. is a practical level. This reduces the volume of the room to a practical size, yet does not make the ceiling seem too low.