What Are the Pros and Cons of a Dropped Ceiling?

If you have a dropped ceiling in your home or commercial building, you may be wondering why it is there. On the other hand, if you are planning on having a dropped ceiling installed, you may be wondering what the pros and cons of this type of ceiling are. Below, we will cover what the pros and cons are and this article should help you make the right decision. Before we get into the pros and cons, a dropped ceiling is also called a suspended ceiling and it is typically placed over top of a traditional ceiling. The drop ceiling is often suspended from the main ceiling using metal tracks and wires. Now that you understand a bit more about what a dropped ceiling is, let’s talk about the pros and cons.

Pro 1: Hides Pipes, Ductwork, Wires, and More

Dropped Ceiling Installation by The Reno ProsMany people choose to have a suspended ceiling because it hides the unsightly ductwork, pipes, and wires that are above. In addition, the suspended ceiling is ideal for hiding any imperfections that may exist on the actual ceiling itself. While this type of ceiling is ideal for hiding the things mentioned above, you should always take down some of the tiles and inspect the actual ceiling before you purchase or rent a home or building with a dropped ceiling.

Pro 2: Can Be Sound Proof

If you are concerned because you can hear too much of what is going on above, around, or outside of your office or home, a suspended ceiling can solve this problem for you. In fact, fiberglass can be applied to the dropped ceiling tiles and will provide you with a sound barrier, which results in a much quieter room for you to work or sleep in.

Pro 3: Variety of Choices

One of the upsides to a drop ceiling is that it does come in a variety of colors and types. While you are probably used to seeing the plain white tiles, you can choose from wood, fiber, plastic, and more.

Con 1: Deteriorates

One of the downsides to this ceiling option is that it does deteriorate much quicker than other types. In fact, if there is a leak in the roof, you will quickly notice that the ceiling tiles turn brown and the staining is near impossible to remove, which means the tiles need to be replaced. In addition, the tiles will begin to sag over time and have a droopy appearance.

Con 2: Reduces the Height of a Room

Another downside to a drop ceiling is that it reduces the height of the room since the tiles are suspended from the traditional ceiling. You may notice that instead of a room begin nine feet in height, it is only seven feet in height with a drop ceiling. If you are in need of professional dropped ceiling installation or you would like to discuss the pros and cons of dropped ceiling tiles, contact The Reno Pros today.