In the summer months, it’s best to avoid getting ceiling tiles in your home, unless you want to put them on the ceiling and not be seen by others.
The American Association of Home Builders (AHAB) recommends using ceiling tiles that are “high-impact, high-quality, and safe to use.”
But it doesn’t tell you what kind of tile they should be, so it’s up to you to determine which kind is best for your home.
Here are some tips for choosing the right tile for your space.
We don’t recommend putting them on ceilings that are more than four feet high.
“A ceiling tile that’s not well-maintained is not recommended because of the possibility of spreading mold, which can be extremely serious,” says Dr. David Schuster, medical director of home renovation at the National Center for Home Health Research in Bethesda, Maryland.
If you have to put up ceiling tiles because they’re too big or you need extra insulation, you should check the ceiling to make sure it’s clean.
For older homes, look for tiles that have a low amount of water in them and are not “hot-glued,” says Schuster.
If the tile isn’t hot-gluing properly, you could damage the insulation.
Also, check for the presence of moisture and pests.
It’s not uncommon to see a small amount of mold growing on the tiles, says Schusters.
“It could be a sign that the tile is going to fail and you’re going to have to replace it,” he says.
If your home has an attic or basement, check to make certain the ceiling is sealed well.
“If you don’t know how the tiles are supposed to seal, then they may have a lot of moisture in them,” says Zanna Siegel, a certified home inspector in Philadelphia.
“Also, if the attic is not sealed well, you can cause damage to the roof.”
If you don “see a lot” of mold on your ceiling tiles during the summer, you may want to consider buying more expensive tiles.
“The reason why ceiling tiles have so much mold is that the mold has an air-tight, waterproof membrane that protects it from light,” says Siegel.
The membrane is actually a layer of air, so if you put too much air on top of the membrane, the mold could expand and cause a problem.
If there is mold growing, you want “to make sure that you’re using the right material,” says the AHAB.
If it’s not properly sealed, you might need to spray or apply insecticide.
“You might have to spray the tiles with some type of insecticide to make them more resistant to the mold,” says AHAE spokesman Jeff Davis.
If, after doing your research, you decide to buy a tile, you will need to take it to a home inspection, which you can find here.
“There are different types of contractors who will work on your house to help you find the right tiles for your particular home,” says Davis.
To help you choose a tile for yourself, check out the ABAB’s guide to home renovation.
The best way to get the best-quality tiles for yourself is to have your home inspector check your home for mold.
It may not be possible to identify mold in your attic, but it’s still possible to test your attic and basement.
“In a typical attic, there is about one square foot of mold per square foot, and the moisture levels will vary,” says Lawrence.
The AHA recommends using a drywall-grade tile for ceilings, and a waterproof tile for walls, floors, and other areas.
The tile can be painted or glazed.
“To protect the tile from moisture, it should be painted with a water-resistant paint, such as paint containing anhydrous ammonia,” says Jason Brown, a contractor with Home Depot.
For ceilings, “you should avoid using the same paint to paint different areas,” says Brown.
If a ceiling tile doesn’t meet your guidelines, you need to consider installing it in a new location.
If that means having to buy the entire house again, you’ll need to replace the old ceiling.
If all else fails, consider buying a custom ceiling tile for you or your guests.
If tiles aren’t on your walls, you won’t have to worry about a water damage.
But, it may be worth paying attention to them, says Brown, because if you’ve already replaced the tiles before, you don.
“They are going to take a lot longer to dry,” he said.
If they’re damaged, you have a few options.
“These can be replaced by you,” says Cesar Chavez, a home inspector for The Home Depot, “but there are other options.”
In addition to replacing the tiles on your wall, you’re also likely to want to get a ceiling spray.
“Most of the spray I see for ceiling spray comes in spray