Ultimate Ceiling Replacement Guide
A new ceiling can add a fresh and clean feel to a room. A room can go through many renovations and different looks before the ceiling is even looked at, this leaves countless homes with outdated or unsightly ceilings.
For some homes, it’s easy as a good cleaning and a fresh coat of ceiling paint. But replacement is the best move for some, especially those with outdated textured ceilings. It’s not a simple undertaking though, and whether you do the replacement yourself or go with a pro there are some things you need to know and steps that need to be taken to ensure the process goes smoothly.
The first step you should take is familiarizing yourself with the ceiling you want to replace and the room it’s in. What kind of ceiling is it? What kind of fixtures are installed? What’s above the room? Asking these questions and learning everything you can about the project before starting will make planning much more straightforward.
The next step will be clearing the workspace. Remove anything you’re able to from the room, large furniture should be well covered and protected. A big part of replacing a ceiling is taking the old one out, this will make a huge mess and has the potential to damage anything not moved or covered. You or the contractors you hire also need the ability to move freely around the space while doing this work, so a clean space is best.
At this stage, you will also want to remove any fixtures installed in the ceiling. Fans, lights, and vents that you want to re-install later should be stored safely. If you have an attic or any form of above-ceiling storage make sure to remove those items as well. Any effort made to clear the workspace at this stage will make the demo and construction easier.
If you plan on doing the rest of the work yourself make sure you have the proper equipment and materials moving forward. Proper safety equipment should be worn while removing any insulation that can be reached from above the ceiling or a professional contractor should be brought in to remove it safely.
Now demolition can begin. Cut along the edges of the room with a utility knife to separate the drywall tape connecting the walls and ceiling. Once you’ve made a hole in the ceiling with a hammer or other tool it is an easy task to tear the drywall out with your gloved hands.
Once the drywall is removed you must go back through and remove any remaining nails or insulation. After all the debris is collected and removed you have a clean slate for your new ceiling. With the use of a drywall lift and lots of planning it’s just a matter of moving the drywall panels into place and attaching them securely, ensuring that spots for fixtures are laid/ cut out ahead of time. Taking your time with this and the finishing work will lead to a smooth and clean finished product.
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