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Expert Tips

Avoid a ceiling collapse – Spot the signs of a sagging ceiling

You might think a sagging ceiling would be obvious – but you’d be wrong! You might have a sagging ceiling and not even realise until you come home one day and find your ceiling has collapsed onto your floor.

Warning signs of a ceiling under stress may include:

  • A loud cracking sound in the ceiling
  • A sagging or dropping of the plasterboard sheeting or the cornice
  • Visual cracking and/or small circles or blisters (nail pops) on the ceiling, which are a sign plasterboard sheeting may be pulling away from the nails or screws

If you have concerns about the stability of your ceiling, there are checks you can do:

  • Measure the height of your ceiling where it meets the wall and then measure the ceiling height in the middle of the room.
  • A variation in heights of 12 mm or more could indicate the plasterboard sheeting has detached from the ceiling joists.
  • Place a straight-edge or spirit level over an area of ceiling sheeting and see if there unevenness anywhere in your ceiling.

The best thing to do is keep your eye out for signs of a sagging ceiling and have them checked out by an experienced professional before any major damage occurs.

Source: commerce.wa.gov.au


A simple way to update your home

Plasterboard is very versatile and one of the most cost-effective ways of changing the look of your home’s interior. It can cover disastrous 70s interior brick walls quickly and easily along with replacing unsightly sagging ceilings or covering over exposed roof timbers. It also creates a high-quality surface for treatments such as paint, wallpaper and tiles.



Make messy pipes and awkward spaces in rooms disappear like magic!

Bulkheads in the home (as opposed to those on a ship!) are typically used to conceal something, such as pipes or wiring. But they can also be used to create special lighting and design features in your home. Here are 5 creative ways to use a bulkhead in your home:

Streamline your kitchen

Enclosing the space between the top of your cupboards and the ceiling creates a sleek and seamless look, giving the illusion of a taller, more spacious area. It also means you will never have to clean the dust and grime from the top of your kitchen cupboards again!

Lighting features

A bulkhead can be installed to accommodate any special lighting features for your home, such as recessed lighting over a dining table or kitchen area.

Theatre room sound systems

Bulkheads are perfect for a theatre room for built-in speaker systems. They can also hide the messy tangle of cables and wiring needed to set up audio/visual equipment.

Hide messy pipework

If you have messy pipework spoiling the look of your bathroom or laundry, hide it behind a bulkhead to create clutter-free environment.

Design features

Add features to an otherwise boring ceiling, such as a circular bulkhead to show off a spectacular light fitting in you living area.

There are lots of clever uses, so have a chat to your local plasterboard expert who will be able to run you through your options depending on what you want to achieve.



Crafty Cornices

Cornices come in a range of designs to suit any style of home. They make a great addition to any home but that is not their only use. They seal the edges of a freshly installed wall or ceiling, giving a sleek finish and covering up any imperfections that may be present.



It's a cover up

If you need a new ceiling, the easy and cost-effective way is to leave the old one up and have it covered with new plasterboard. There is less mess from pulling down your old ceiling and you won’t have to replace any existing insulation in your roof.



Living in the 70s?

Nowadays the fashion for most homes is for light and bright interiors, but if your home was built in the 70s, chances are you have dark, internal exposed brick walls. A simple fix to bring you home up to date is to have them covered with plasterboard. It’s an easy solution and will create a bright new look for your home.



Hidden dangers

Unless you have x-ray vision, what's lurking behind interior plasterboard walls and ceilings would be a mystery to most home owners. This is why you should always call in a professional to make any necessary repairs. There may be electrical wiring behind them and you could cause further damage (to you and your home) if you don’t know what you’re doing.



Ceiling health checks

Over time, all homes will develop ceiling cracks of some kind. These can be the result of a variety of causes – some more worrying than others. ‘Spiderweb’ cracks often appear in old homes and are just superficial, and a fine, straight ceiling crack could just be the result of a poorly taped joint. However, large cracks on a bowed ceiling can indicate a serious structural problem. A ceiling ‘health’ check from your local professional will be able to identify any serious problems and fix them before they get any worse.