When it comes to garage design, the ceiling probably often isn’t the first priority. However, your garage ceiling is just as important as your walls and flooring. And you might be surprised to learn how many different ceiling options are available to you.
The type of ceiling that’s best for your needs may depend on what you plan to use the ceiling for. Are you hoping to install ceiling storage? Does your garage need to be soundproofed? Are you just looking for something that’s simple for you to install by yourself? The answers to these questions can help you decide which ceiling material is right for your garage.
Chances are good that you’re already using drywall somewhere in your garage, so it may be a perfect choice for your ceiling as well. In addition to being readily available, drywall is also easy to work with and sturdy. If you’re interested in installing hooks, tracks for sliding storage, or other hardware on your garage ceiling, you can feel comfortable knowing that a drywall ceiling is up to the task.
Drywall is also easy to paint or texturize, so if you’re worried that your ceiling will look boring, relax. Paint the ceiling to complement the walls, or mimic a popcorn ceiling by texturizing with a sponge and a coat of plaster.
Are you trying to incorporate sustainable materials into your new garage? If so, cork is a great choice. You can buy cork panels in any home improvement store, and they’re easy to install yourself. They come in waxed and unwaxed varieties, so you can choose either a shiny or more matte look.
Cork also has a soundproofing effect, which may be a helpful benefit if you want to use your garage for band practice, or if you just want to muffle the sound of your power tools. You can layer cork over drywall for an even greater soundproofing effect.
Styrofoam tiles are one of the least expensive ways to finish your garage ceiling, and it’s also a perfect choice if you want to do the work yourself. The tiles come in squares that you insert into an existing frame. Choose these tiles if you want to finish the garage ceiling fast.
Plastic tiles are another good choice. They’re less expensive than metal tiles but come in finishes that resemble tin or copper, giving the garage a modern, elegant touch. They’re also fire retardant, which is an important safety feature in a room that’s often used to store flammable materials.
Choosing the right garage ceiling material is just one part of your overall garage design. For more garage design ideas, schedule your free design consultation