How is the quality of PVC tray ceilings?

Answered by Jeffrey Anderson ~ June 26, 2013 ~ No Comments

Is the quality better in a tray ceiling made with drywall and framing or can the PVC type such as is sold online be just as good and maybe cheaper?

- Ron

Jeffrey Anderson

Ron, I think installing any type of tray ceiling can be a great way to add a touch of elegance to what is often a forgotten wall surface. I've installed many of the decorative trim assemblies in new homes and during remodeling projects - they've never failed to dress-up the rooms and impress the owners.

I will confess that every tray ceiling that I have been involved with has been of the framing and sheetrock variety. The only PVC tray ceilings I've seen have been in magazines and on websites. However, from what I've read, the PVC trim work seems to be very DIY-friendly and is advertised to be much less expensive than wood and sheetrock.

One website I was on claims that their PVC product is as much as 80 percent less than using the more conventional materials. While I don't know that to be true, it would appear that installing a PVC tray ceiling may be easier on your budget than using wood. And it should create much less of a mess as wood trim and sheetrock must be sanded prior to applying paint. However, don't overlook the fact that there is still wood that must be installed prior to putting the PVC trim work in place. The framework around the perimeter of the ceiling that supports the PVC is usually built of rough lumber.

While a PVC tray ceiling might cost a little less than wood trim and sheetrock, using the manufactured material may limit your creativity. The wood and sheetrock varieties I've seen are somewhat like snowflakes: no two were the same. In most cases, they were constructed to suit the room dimensions and to complement the décor. A formal dining room might have a very ornate trim assembly with a deep tray, but a casual family area could have a more rustic creation. I would think that with PVC you're going to be limited to the sizes of trim that are available.

Whichever route you choose, a tray ceiling should improve the appearance of your room and may even increase the value of your home.

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