A good interior decoration job can often take a lot of time, especially if you’re the sort of person who has to do it yourself. Simply painting the walls can demand a lot of time and effort: you have to move all the furniture out and cover the floor in plastic, tape all the edges and corners you don’t want to cover with paint, and, of course the painting itself demands multiple coats. On top of that, if you want more than just a single, solid color you’ll need to put in some more effort and add at least one more layer.
In most modern homes, the average ceiling is either plain white drywall or else drywall covered in a layer of popcorn material. The construction workers spray on the popcorn with a special texturing gun, adding texture and covering imperfections in a way that doesn’t demand a lot in time or effort.
Popcorn ceilings have long since gone out of fashion, assuming they were anything more than a construction solution to begin with, but fortunately, it doesn’t take much effort to remove it. After covering the walls and floor with plastic, you can simply spray your ceiling with a little water, wait a minute for it to soak in, and then scrape the drywall clean with a large putty knife.
However, that still leaves you with a plain white ceiling with streaks of gray where the putty knife scraped down to the bare wall. So what’s next?
Neither popcorn nor a plain white ceiling is very interesting, and that’s where metal ceilings can help. Although there is a certain amount of preparation involved, such as screwing in a set of furring strips or a drop ceiling frame, it’s a lot easier to install embossed metal ceiling tiles than it is to add an equivalent amount of texture and color with paint or plaster molds. Metal also comes with a few other benefits:
- Metal is hygienic, and mold that would grow on damp drywall or plaster won’t grow on a metal surface.
- Metal is easy to clean: just get a mild detergent and wipe it down.
- Metal is less expensive than plaster castings and comes in a lot more colors than white.
- Metal is flame resistant and can slow down a fire during an emergency.
- Metal tiles are easy to customize: all you need are a pair of tin snips.
Nothing as involved as replacing your ceiling is ever going to be quick and easy, but there are still different degrees of complexity. And when you compare embossed metal ceilings to their alternatives, you can add more texture faster than you could with plaster or paint.