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Tips for remodeling or renovating your ceiling

Tips for remodeling or renovating your ceiling

Let’s get ready to renovate, remodel, and refresh your space!

First, look up at your ceiling. Whether you’re a business owner or a homeowner, you can make a huge impact on your day-to-day life with a ceiling refresh. Here’s how:

At the most basic level, you can replace damaged tiles.

If you’re looking for a new, modern look for an existing grid, you could go for a different style or color of tile.

Elevate your look by renovating to support a wood-look, surface mount ceiling.

There’s a product for everyone and every space.

How hard is it to redo a ceiling?

The easiest ceiling projects require you to be familiar with tools like a hammer, tape measure, and saw. Some of our products require better technical skills, more time to plan, more tools, and in some cases, a permit.

How to prepare your ceiling for renovations

Tackle all ceiling repairs like leaks and electrical issues.
Make sure your surface is smooth, flat, and clean. If you are covering popcorn or a textured plaster ceiling, no need to make those smooth or flat, you'll be using the EASY UP installation system.
Check for mold and mildew. If mold is present, have it remediated professionally.

Cost considerations of a ceiling remodel

Ceilings make a huge impact on everyone underneath them and therefore are an investment for the next decade (or more!). However, you can also update your ceiling on a budget. You can choose from all types of products to help you achieve your renovation and remodel dreams without breaking the bank.

Consider these variables when budgeting for your ceiling upgrade:

Products used
• Ceiling renovation costs will vary depending on the size, edge detail, color, performance features, and other properties of the product itself.
• Will you need additional materials to complete your project like tools or a grid? These items will add up, so don’t forget to include them in your budget planning.
• If you’re looking to cut costs, you can save money by using products that work with your existing grid.

Design of the space
• High ceilings and unique angles will increase the cost of installation.

Installation method
• If you are using an existing grid or going with a surface mount style and your project is under 500 sq. ft., you can save money with a DIY installation. We offer guides and resources along the way to help you with a successful install.

What is the cheapest way to redo a ceiling?

In most instances, the cost of material for drywall is less than that of a drop ceiling. However, when adding in labor and maintenance, a drywall ceiling and a drop ceiling cost about the same.

There are some key differences between drywall and a drop ceiling. You can learn more in this Kanopi blog post.

Kanopi resources for inspiration as you plan your project

6 Stylish Alternatives to Boring Ceilings
Sleek Ceiling Tile Colors for your Commercial Space
Open Space Noise Control
Bert’s Bottle Shop Case Study
Commercial renovations
Ceilings to fit your style and budget


Whether you’re going for a quick refresh and remodel or a full-on renovation, don’t skip the ceiling. With a variety of stylistic options available for every budget, you’ll be sure to find the look and level of upgrade you’ve been hoping for.

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