What is a Gypsum Ceiling?

Harriette Halepis

Installing a gypsum ceiling is an appealing way to replace old ceiling panels, or create a new ceiling. While plaster used to be the sole ceiling panel material available, this is no longer the case. Gypsum ceiling panels are made from a sedimentary rock that is sturdy and relatively inexpensive to manufacture. Since the time of the Egyptians, this type of rock has been used for various building applications.

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Generally, gypsum ceiling panels are smaller than plaster panels. Thus, this type of material is often applied to suspended ceilings. Once a ceiling frame, or lattice, is in place, gypsum panels are inserted into this frame. Due to the fact that gypsum is easy to manipulate, manufacturers produce various styles and patterns from this material. When panels are placed in a particular manner, different acoustics can be achieved, which is the top reason why a gypsum ceiling is the preferred ceiling of choice inside of industrial and office buildings. While installing gypsum panels is not complex, professional contractors are usually called upon to outfit a ceiling with these panels.

Gypsum has become a popular ceiling material due to its cost-effectiveness, and to the fact that it can be installed by nearly anyone. Panels of this sort are also easy to purchase, since nearly every hardware store sells gypsum. However, as with most other things, there are also disadvantages to gypsum ceiling that should be addressed.

Unlike other ceiling materials, gypsum does not hold up well to water damage. Therefore, a gypsum ceiling should never be placed inside of a bathroom, basement, or other high moisture area. Chemically treated gypsum that can withstand moisture may be used in place of regular gypsum, though the effectiveness of this material is largely debated. Also, gypsum does not absorb sound well. Any room with this material may have to be sound-proofed. Aside from these two drawbacks, gypsum is a good choice for any home or business in need of a new ceiling.

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When shopping for gypsum panels, you'll find that this material is available in a number of different patterns, colors, and widths. Precise measurements should be made prior to shopping for any ceiling panels of this type. Frequently, hiring a professional contractor to determine the best type of panels is a wise idea. Gypsum can also be purchased in bulk for any space that may require a large number of ceiling tiles.

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jhonman11

Thanks, really informative post. You explained everything step by step for gypsum ceilings.

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