Ceiling Repair and Renovation: Sealing it up!

Call it what you will – we all want to come back home, to a place with something strong sturdy over our heads, which protects us from the elements and keeps us away from harm. The classic concept of having a roof over your head is synonymous with a ceiling.

But even well-constructed ceilings could be exposed to different sorts of problems, mostly by no fault of their own. In this article, we will elaborate on the different challenges which ceilings face, discuss some options of renovating and refurbishing, and see what possibilities there are.

Common Ceiling Issues

Covering it up with plaster, and painting

Issues related to wet spots, mold, disintegration, and peeling, are common of standard ceilings. They require the intervention of a professional, in order to find the root cause, fix the issue, and then apply a finish, restoration, or renovation on the ceiling in question. All according to the client’s specifications or any other pressing needs.

There is no point in peeling off the destroyed parts, straightening and smoothing out the ceiling, covering it up with plaster, and painting, before the problem has actually been dealt with. Remember that neglecting the issue will almost always make things worse in the long run.

Wetness issues can usually be traced back to a higher source. In other words, water and other fluids will seep into the floor tiles of the apartment upstairs, pass through the different sealants and insulating materials which exist in the space in-between floors. This will inevitably cause problems for the ceiling which is located underneath the source of the wetness.

Ceiling Collapse

Peelings, disintegration, holes, and cracks in ceilings

I once saw a ceiling which was in such bad shape, that it literally fell into the living room of a ground-level apartment. As it turned out, the source was on the 2nd floor. The water worked its way down, went through the apartment on the 1st floor, and settled on the ceiling of the apartment on the ground floor.

Once enough water had built up, which took weeks, the ceiling simply collapsed. It is a sight you don’t see every day and will forever be ingrained in my memory.

Mold is usually caused by high levels of moisture, which is a frequent occurrence with bathrooms. When there is insufficient ventilation, still water or running water which manages to reach the walls and stay there, this will result in the formulation of mold. Generally speaking, the mold is prevalent in places which are either high in humidity or lacking in a sealant. The mold presents itself as spots of varying colors (mostly shades of green and black) and is a health hazard for all of those living in the house.

Some mold can be removed with various chemicals or even essential oils, but that would be treating the symptom locally, and the root cause will be left unaddressed. You may end up spending a lot of time and money, only to find out that the solution was only a local, cosmetic, and ineffective one.

There are times when it is simply a matter of density or moisture buildup. In that case, drying the area, removing the mold, and smearing antifungal substances on the region in question could be beneficial. However, if it is a case of wet spots, and the source is left unchecked, there is a good chance that the mold will make a comeback, set up camp in your ceilings or walls, and get worse over time. For this reason, a professional must be called in in most cases. This will not only get rid of the mold but also guarantee its future absence.

Peelings, disintegration, holes, and cracks in ceilings which are not related to wetness and moisture are a different kind of problem altogether. These types of issues are mostly caused by pressure or external force, or some kind of damage which has been inflicted on the structure and which may have cracked the foundation or another part of the building.

These issues I just mentioned have different solutions, in accordance with the particular type of damage. Sometimes, all you need to do is peel off certain parts, slap on some whitewash, and finish with a couple of coats of quality paint. Sometimes, you may have to fill in cracks and holes with a designated sealing substance. Cracks whose roots are in the skeletal construction necessitate a deeper kind of treatment, and each case is different. Even when there is no visible wetness, it is best not to neglect the issue.

Restoring and Renovating Your Ceiling

Floating ceiling

What about times when there is no damage caused, and you are simply interested in sprucing up the look of your current ceiling or perhaps install a new one? After all, why settle for boring white ceilings, when you can play with the height, illuminate it in a different way, or perhaps provide it with a more unique and prestigious look?

A classic example of this is lowering the ceiling. Many times, lowering a ceiling is done for practical reasons. For example; if a client is interested in installing a light fixture, or a certain type of air conditioning system. Sometimes, the ceiling is lowered in order to facilitate better laying of cables, hoses, and pipes. For some people, good aesthetics of a house includes the ceiling, and not just the floors and walls.

Lowering the ceiling is a job that can be done quickly and easily, by affixing plaster boards, covering them with whitewash, plaster, and paint. Then again, you could always invest in a whole new ceiling.

Another type of ceiling which one can install is a floating ceiling. I threw the words “prestige” and “aesthetics” around earlier, and this is an example of a ceiling which embodies both. Modern, unique, and attractive – the floating ceiling is the perfect combination of those two concepts.

It is a ceiling which creates an optical illusion from certain angles, and for those looking from below it can appear to be floating. Honestly, it is quite a sight to behold. When it is properly executed, with lighting which complements it, a floating ceiling certainly leaves a lasting impression.

Another type of ceiling is an acoustic ceiling. This ceiling is made up of boards, and the goal of this kind of ceiling is to create a space which regulates unwanted noises and frequencies. It also prevents the accumulation of hot and cold elements. Although this is not a ceiling which is needed for every room, it does have a few clear advantages.

It can improve the quality of sound, hide various pipes or A/C tunnels and hoses, plus the ceilings boards can be ordered in a variety of patterns and designs. Furthermore, the boards of an acoustic ceiling are easily disassembled, which allows easy access to everything which exists on top of them (a matter which is crucial and time-saving when it comes to renovations, for instance).

And while we mentioned renovations, this is the time to specify that it is the responsibility of trained professionals to take care of your ceilings. If you neglect the issues – be they of wetness, mold, or structural damage – it can deteriorate and become a real hazard. Although there are certain initial problems which have a local DIY solution, it almost never solves the root cause of the issue.

What’s more, when engaging in any kind of ceiling-related DIY project, make sure that you are using the proper tools and substances. This is true, of course, for any DIY project and not just ceilings, nevertheless, I feel it is worth mentioning again.

If a painting, a clock, or a framed photograph happen to fall off the wall, it usually has no long-lasting damage. If a light fixture or ceiling fan happen to become dislodged and fall… well, that’s a whole other story. It is best to remove all doubt, and call in the professionals who can fix, repair, provide you with security and ease of mind, and also guarantee the quality of their work for some period of time.

Conclusion

Within the many thoughts that go into restoring or renovating parts of the home, it seems that the ceiling usually takes a back seat. The walls and floors always have a more respectable place in the planning and designing. There are many items to hang, windows, furniture, carpet patterns – but who thinks of the ceiling? Well, some do.

Even though it may have been somewhat neglected in the past, the idea of the ceiling as an inseparable part of the house – and the many possibilities it holds – is one which is starting to claim a place in the Israeli public’s mind. The examples we provided are becoming more and more popular.

A beautiful home is greater than the sum of its parts. Nobody is disputing the fact that redoing the ceiling – if only when a fresh coat of different paint – can make any home into a more unique and pleasant one. Whether it is by lowering or widening the ceiling, installing acoustic boards, or erecting a floating ceiling – there is no doubt that your home will be much more impressive after an investment towards that which is above your head!

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