A suspended ceiling is one of the most popular and inexpensive options that are available when it comes to ceilings. Drop ceilings have multiple benefits. When opting for suspended ceilings for basement ceilings by Snap Clip, here are a few basic things that you should know which would help you make the right decision.
What is a suspended ceiling?
In suspended or drop ceiling, metal brackets are either attached to the wall or hung from the ceiling with the help of metal grids. Runners are installed at a right angle to the metal brackets. Then the tiles or lightweight panels are placed on top of the runner to complete the ceiling.
What are the basics of installing a suspended ceiling?
The first step for doing any project is to carry out the preparation work. Before installing a suspended ceiling, the very first step is to measure the room. These measurements would help you calculate the supplies that you would be requiring for the installation. Before planning to install a suspended ceiling, make sure that you are not violating the codes which are laid down for the minimum ceiling height.
Once you have gathered the supplies, the next step is to make use of your level and with the help of a chalk line draw the perimeter of the room. Place the perimeter brackets on the studs. Then install the main runners at four-foot spaces at the centre of the room. Pre-cut the holes in the main runner. This is where you will fit the cross tees. While doing so make sure that the runners are square and the cross tees are at a distance of two feet.
How to install lighting, ducts and panels?
After the runners and brackets have been placed, the next step is to fix the light fixtures and air ducts and then install the panels. Flange in each tile will hold it to the runner. However, if the panel is too big you can always cut it with the help of a utility knife. It is better to use utility knife rather than power tools as these panels are quite fragile.