Suspended ceilings are great. For lots of reasons. They make it easy to run electrical and data cables through your ceiling. They can hide an old ugly ceiling. But best of all, ceiling tiles are cheap and easy to repair.
When a standard plaster ceiling gets damaged, large sections of plaster often need replacing. This involves extra timber-work, lifting of heavy plasterboard, flushing and sanding of joints multiple times, and finally painting. All this comes at a cost.
When a suspended ceiling is damaged, you simply remove and replace the damaged ceiling tile or tiles. It’s fast, cheap, and minimal fuss. But, as with all ceilings, you MUST rectify the cause of the damage before repairing the ceiling.
Often we’re asked to replace ceiling tiles that have moisture stains on them or paint over moisture marks on plaster ceilings. The first questions we ask are…
- What caused the stain?
- Has the cause been rectified?
It’s astounding how often the answers we hear are “I don’t know”. If you “don’t know” what caused the stain, then it’s most likely that the stain will recur after repair.
The photos you see with this blog are of a stained ceiling tile, the hole in the roof we found behind it, and the same hole from above. We were asked to “replace 2 ceiling tiles“. When we removed the first ceiling tile, sunlight came streaming in through the roof. Upon inspecting the roof, we found the cracked tiles. At this point, we couldn’t ethically continue with the job. If we had replaced the ceiling tiles and it rained, the new ceiling tiles would be instantly damaged, and again require replacement.