Most homes have conventional, flat, plain ceilings, but did you know that there are different types of ceilings and different uses for them? There are coffered ceilings, stretch ceilings, hollow-core slab ceilings, beam ceilings, dropped ceilings and finally, vermiculite ceilings, also known as popcorn ceilings. Each of these ceiling types has different uses, and sets a certain tone to a room.

  1. Coffered ceilings are used for decorative purposes and they also provide the building with structural strength. These ceilings are created from coffered panels. The panels making up the sections are normally two feet by two feet. Using shallow depth coffers give a room a light, airy feel, while deep coffers give a different architectural feel. They’re a wonderful addition to any basement.
  2. Box beam ceilings are more of a traditional style, making them perfect to capture the look of an old-fashioned home. However, the timeless quality of box beam ceilings also gives a house a look of elegance and classiness. This type of ceiling is especially great in dining rooms and kitchens. In dining rooms, hanging a nice light fixture from the ceiling can make quite a statement.
  3. A stretch ceiling, as the name implies, is made of stretched material such as PVC or plastic. It is flexible, and this gives the designer ample freedom when designing the ceiling. The variety of colors and transparencies plays a big part in the beauty these ceilings bring to a room. They also provide some insulation, thus making your home more energy efficient.
  4. A drop ceiling, also known as a suspended ceiling is common in areas such as basements, although they can be used in any room. This type is also common in commercial and industrial buildings. This type of ceiling allows for easy installations of fixtures and designs. Drop ceilings are great for hiding ductwork and electrical wiring.
  5. Hollow-core slab ceilings are popular and are mostly seen in multiple story homes. They have excellent strength and are lightweight.
  6. Popcorn ceilings offer good soundproofing and fireproofing which makes them worth considering. Popcorn ceilings are made from various types of material such as cardboard, Styrofoam and vermiculite. Be careful when choosing this ceiling since those made from vermiculite will contain small amounts of asbestos.

Since the type of ceiling plays many roles in a house’s design, special attention should be paid to the selection. Discuss your ceiling options carefully with your building contractor. This is the only way you can be sure of getting the best type based on your house design and your budget. Matrix Basement Systems has distributors and dealers in a variety of areas in the northeast. Take a look at our map of distributors and call the one nearest you to discuss remodeling your basement and the various materials available.