One of the most neglected rooms in your home is the garage. This space can have many functions beyond housing a car, such as storage, workshop, home gym, or music room. Adding in a finished ceiling is an inexpensive way to give this space a more hospitable appeal and turn it into a more functional space. It also allows you to install insulation to help make the garage more heat efficient.
The following garage ceiling ideas can make your garage feel quite cozy, especially with a bit of paint on the walls. Many of these may also be either applied directly or as garage ceiling panels in a suspended frame to hide the door runners without hindering maintenance. Just be sure to check local fire codes when picking your new ceiling, especially for attached garages.
For a truly custom, showroom quality look, consider installing interlocking garage floor tiles that will make your neighbors jealous.
When installing a new ceiling, one of the most overlooked materials is aluminum soffit. This material is generally used for roof overhangs and has an attractive appeal and good durability. A ceiling made of this material will give good light reflection (use a gloss concrete sealer on the floor for best results) and match both modern and (when painted) traditional interior design styles.
This is perhaps the last material you’d expect to look good on a ceiling, but it’s a popular addition to many modern styles. Lighter metal reflects light and brightens the room, while darker metal can reduce glare. Best of all, manufacturers now offer corrugated metal sheets in several colors, for those who would rather not have bare metal.
One of the most popular ceiling materials out there, drywall is easy to install, gives a seamless look, and is easy to cut and patch when maintenance is required. You also have the option of either painting or using some good HD wallpaper to give it a more custom appeal.
Best of all, it serves as an excellent base if you choose to add a different ceiling material. As far as cheap ceiling ideas go, drywall is usually the first thing that comes to mind. With its insulative properties, it’ll also help keep your garage cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
OSB (Oriented Strand Board)
One of the most popular building materials on the market, OSB is commonly used in construction and is just as strong as plywood but slightly cheaper. Probably the most useful aspect is that it can support lighter suspended loads without the need for locating a stud. This makes it excellent for bike hooks or adding ceiling shelves. HD wallpaper or other coverings may be used to give the ceiling a more finished look
Fairly cheap and effective, plywood makes for an excellent ceiling material. Higher grade panels will also be able to support some weight, although it’s not as strong as OSB when it comes to shear (the amount of weight it can hold without breaking). Because of its qualities, plywood is a good cheap garage ceiling material. Applying a coat of primer and paint is optional for an alternate look.
PVC ceiling tiles are manufactured to be fire retardant and come in a huge variety of colors, textures, and sizes. They most often have a matte finish but other more expensive looking finishes such as copper or tin are also available. When you want a custom look or color, there are a lot of options with tiles. PVC tiles are also one of the more popular finished basement ceiling ideas due to their versatility.
Vinyl Beadboard Soffit
Cheap, easy to install, and attractive – what more could you ask for in a garage ceiling? Vinyl is less durable than aluminum against weather-related damage, but you won’t notice the difference when you use it indoors. This particular material is almost indistinguishable from traditional siding and soffit materials.
An example of aesthetic function, the durability and low maintenance qualities of vinyl siding have made it an unusual material to finish your garage ceiling, yet it fits perfectly with many modern design styles. The tongue-in-groove sheets make for a relatively low-hassle installation, while the overall quality of this material means the ceiling will likely outlast your next car.
Material Comparison Chart
|Aluminum Soffit||Low-Med||Highly durable; easy to clean|
|Corrugated Metal||Varies||Price depends on type of metal|
|Drywall||Low||Seamless and easily repaired; not for humid environments|
|OSB||Low||Can bear weight|
|Plywood||Low||Highly versatile; can bear some weight|
|PVC Tiles||Varies||Light, not weight bearing; cost depends on style and finish|
|Vinyl Beadboard||Low||Light, easy to clean|
|Vinyl Siding||Low-Med||Can be painted|
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