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Most–but not all–ceilings are essentially horizontal walls, built using the same materials and methods as their vertical counterparts.

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The main difference between a ceiling and a wall is that the wood framing members behind the surfaces of ceilings are joists or rafters rather than wall studs.

As with walls, by far the most common surface materials for ceilings are drywall and plaster. The conventional ceiling is 8 feet high and flat, but, when it comes to departing from this norm, the sky is the limit.

In this section of HomeTips, you will find information about the various types of ceilings installed in houses and the materials and do-it-yourself techniques used to build and repair them.

NEXT SEE:

Ceiling Materials Buying Guide

How to Repair a Ceiling

How to Install a Suspended Ceiling

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Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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