What to Do When Your Plasterboard Ceiling is Sagging

Is your plasterboard ceiling sagging? This is a common problem that is caused when plasterboard sheets come away from their fixings. Plasterboard is normally fixed to framing using a combination of stud adhesive and fasteners or, particularly in older ceilings, solely screws and nails. Ceiling contractors in Perth are available to help fix issues like these but it’s worth knowing some steps you can take to repair your plasterboard ceiling.

Reasons why plasterboard ceilings fail

A sagging ceiling in Perth will typically be caused when the plasterboard sheets come away from the fixings. There are many reasons why the fixing system on a plasterboard ceiling can start to fail. Some of these include poor workmanship during installation, extra weight being placed on the plasterboard from the ceiling cavity above and excessive moisture. All these situations cause the paper around the fixing to give way and the ceiling to sag.

How to fix your ceilings

There are many options that you can take in order to fix your sagging ceilings in Perth. Many people decide to just remove the ceiling in its entirety and replace it with brand new plasterboard. This can be quite efficient because of how easy plasterboard is to replace. However, there are alternatives depending on the extent of the damage and how long it has been going on for. Here are some possibilities for fixing your ceiling:

  • Complete ceiling failure

There are times when the ceiling sheets will have become so thoroughly and irreversibly distorted that they can’t be saved. Similarly, if most of the fixings have failed, you may find yourself with no other option but to remove the old plasterboard and cornices and install new sheets.

  • Early detection

Early detection can be pivotal, particularly if the issue is minor. If there has only been a slight fixture failure or the area affected remains rather small, then you should be able to rescrew the sheeting to the timbers. For secure fixing, the plasterboard should be fixed every 30cm.

  • Temporary Battens

If you are in a similar situation to the one above but the ceiling cannot be pulled back and rescrewed, there is still another option. What you’ll need is some temporary timber battens. These will need to be fixed underneath the plasterboard and then screwed off to the timbers which will allow for the sheets to return to their flat shape. The battens should then be left for around 7 days before you remove them. This process can be a little costly with both time, money and effort so it is worth considering the cost effectiveness when compared to outright replacement

  • New ceiling over old

Ceiling replacement doesn’t always mean removing the old. If you’d like to save time, mess and don’t mind a 4cm reduction in ceiling height, then you can layering new timber battens (or metal if you prefer) over the original sheeting and then apply new sheeting underneath.

Choose the best ceiling contactors in Perth

If you need wall and ceiling repairs in Perth then Perth Ceiling and Walls are the company for you. They have years of experience in dealing plasterboard ceilings and they provide professional services to businesses and homeowners throughout the metro area. With expert ceiling contractors in Perth, they can install, replace, or repair any plasterboard ceiling or wall. End the year on a high with the help of a ceiling expert at Perth Ceiling and Walls.