Asked by: Gisell Vederman
asked in category: General Last Updated: 11th March, 2020

What is above a drop ceiling?

A drop or dropped ceiling is the ceiling that is hung below the main (structural) ceiling. The area above the dropped ceiling is called the plenum space, as it is usually used for the HVAC air return. The plenum space is also very commonly used to conceal piping, wiring, and ductwork.

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Also to know is, what is the difference between a drop ceiling and a suspended ceiling?

Definition. A drop ceiling, or suspended ceiling, consists of panels or tiles that hang a few inches below the main structural ceiling. In other words, the suspended ceiling does not make up a permanent structural foundation, but rather serves as a covering for the more solid framework above.

One may also ask, what is the point of a drop ceiling? Aesthetics. Modern dropped ceilings were initially created to hide the building infrastructure, including piping, wiring, and/or ductwork, by creating a plenum space above the dropped ceiling, while allowing access for repairs and inspections. Drop ceilings may also be used to hide problems, such as structural damage.

Similarly, is it cheaper to drywall or drop ceiling?

Drop ceilings are not only a more affordable option (usually half the cost), but also offer more design flexibility compared to drywall. Drop ceilings are the preferred application in basements due primarily to how easy it is to access pipes, electrical work and air ducts above the ceiling.

Is drywall or drop ceiling better?

Drywall vs Drop Ceilings in the Basement. However, a drop ceiling offers easy access to your home's important pipes and ducts. In fact, if your basement ceiling features electrical junction boxes in between its joists, sealing them in with drywall is not only inadvisable, but against building codes.

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