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High Gear 12-30-2009 02:18 AM

Suspended wood ceiling panels (basement)
I'm trying to think of a way to jazz up a future basement suspended ceiling.

I believe Armstrong makes 2x2 panels and here's another company I've come across on the web.

They use plywood with mdf core. Fire rated finishes and mdf fire rated.

Probable to much $$ to buy but could I make my own and be to code??

Any experience with this or thoughts would be appreciated.

PaliBob 12-30-2009 03:30 AM


Originally Posted by High Gear (Post 373787)
......Fire rated finishes and mdf fire rated........but could I make my own and be to code??.....

High, If you make your own, how would you get it rated?
Manufacturers have to go through an expensive rating procedure. They cannot just claim any rating.

High Gear 12-30-2009 04:58 PM

In the fifthwal.. link they achieve a class A fire rating by either fire rated mdf

or by a fire rated clear finish penetrating sealant.

I've worked enough decades in manufacturing to know about certifications :wallbash: just trying to figure out an inexpensive work around .

Thurman 12-30-2009 09:01 PM

"High"--You mentioned "a future basement suspended ceiling". Without knowing what you have there now, let's just say it's bare. IF you are looking for something decorative and unique: I saw a couple of ceilings done in the Atlanta area which were wallpaper with "tin-plate" designs on them placed onto sheet rock ceilings. Then, after the paper had dried properly, it was painted the basic color, then the decorative parts were colored a shade different. These actually looked like the old time tin plates on the ceiling. The sheet rock will give you it's rated fire protection, and this type of ceiling will give you more headroom than a dropped ceiling. Just a thought, David

High Gear 12-30-2009 10:06 PM

The ceilings bare right now . ( just roughing in the basement so far)

I was planning to run a suspended ceiling all along but I'm getting the evil eye from the wife on it, she doesn't like the look.

I want an access for future wire runs ,( home theater, repairs ect).

I have 8' to the I joists so plenty of room for a suspended, just need it to look less utilitarian I guess :confused1: ( without breaking the bank).

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