Drywall is the best possible choice for fixing many of the ceiling damages that occur in a manufactured home due to leakages from the roof. Drywall weighs much lesser than ceiling tiles and is a much stronger and durable ceiling board material that makes it an ideal replacement for damaged ceilings. It provides a fresh look to the entire interior space of even the best manufactured homes by removing any of the plastic strips that bear the ceiling tiles. Describe below are the steps to be carried out while replacing damaged ceiling with drywall in manufactured homes.
Removing Damaged Ceiling
Completely remove the old damaged ceiling before carrying out the installation of the drywall material. By shifting the furniture and other material from the home, you will be provided with more space to work while also avoiding any potential damage to the furniture. Carefully detach all the light fixtures and ceiling fans from the old ceiling. Keep them away from the workspace and commence the removal of the ceiling with the help of a hammer and flat bar. Remove any of the leftover tile staples of the ceiling tiles by using pliers.
Cover the entire floor in the workspace with a vinyl backed drop clothes after the damaged ceiling is taken out. This will avoid the accumulation of drywall compound and dust in the floors. Clean any remaining debris in the areas where the damages ceiling stood. Moreover, it is recommended to keep up an open workspace by opening all the windows. This will ensure that the dust generated will escape out of the window and adequate air circulation is maintained. Position all the drywall materials and the necessary tools nearby before commencing the installation work.
Consider using a thinner drywall since most drywall used in a manufactured home are of less than an inch in thickness. Install 1-4 inch boards as a strengthening measure for the ceiling frames and as furring strips. Make sure to install them in a perpendicular direction to the ceiling joists and leave a space of about 12 inches apart. Affix the drywall using screws onto the furring strips and use a drywall say for leaving holes for fixing the fans and light fixtures.
Apply drywall mud for properly covering the seams placed among each of the sheets. Use of tape for covering the seam and smoothen it using a drywall knife. Apply the drywall mud to the taped seam and smoothen it again with the knife. Many homeowners use smooth finish and painting for finishing the drywall. It offers a good appearance and allows painting that matches with the room.