Preferred Ceilings

Expert Tips

Sagging ceilings

You might have a sagging ceiling and not even realise. Spotting a sagging ceiling may not be as obvious as you think and if it collapses it’s expensive to replace. Keep a look out for signs such as screw holes showing, visible join lines, cracking sounds or bowing (however slight). If you see any of these, have your ceiling inspected by a professional.

Stressed ceilings

Even ceilings can suffer from stress. Warning signs include sagging or drooping and visual cracking or blisters. All these can mean that the plasterboard sheeting may be pulling away and needs to be inspected or repaired. This way, you won't come home one day to find your ceiling on the floor.

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.

Hide the mess

If you have messy pipework or wiring spoiling the look of your home, hide it behind a bulkhead to create a streamlined effect. Bulkheads are typically used to conceal something, like pipes, wires or duct work but are also commonly used for creating lighting features or built-in speaker systems. They can also be used to enclose the space above kitchen cabinets, which means no more cleaning in that difficult-to-reach area. There are lots of clever and creative uses for a bulkhead in your home. Have a chat to your local plasterboard expert who’ll be able to run through the different options.