Drywall is the best way to avoid ceiling damage that occurs in a manufactured home due to leakage from the roof. Drywall weighs much less than ceiling tiles, and is a much stronger and more durable ceiling board material. This makes it an ideal replacement for damaged ceilings. It provides a fresh look to the interior of even the best manufactured homes by removing any of the plastic strips that bear the ceiling tiles. Below, we describe the steps to carry out to replace damaged ceiling with drywall in a manufactured home.
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. Then, remove any of the leftover tile staples from the ceiling tiles with pliers.
After you remove the damaged ceiling, cover the entire floor in your workspace with a vinyl-backed drop cloth. This will avoid the accumulation of drywall compound and dust in the floor. Clean any remaining debris from the areas where the damaged ceiling stood. Moreover, we recommend you ventilate your workspace by opening windows. This ensures that the dust generated will escape the room and help maintain adequate air circulation. Position all the drywall materials and the necessary tools nearby before commencing the installation work.
Since most drywall used in manufactured homes is less than an inch thick, consider using a thinner drywall. 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. Then, affix the drywall onto the furring strips with screws, and use a drywall saw to create placements for fans and light fixtures.
Apply drywall mud to properly cover the seams placed among each of the sheets. Use tape to cover the seams and smooth it using a drywall knife. Apply the drywall mud to the taped seam and smooth 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.