Zip-up Ceiling covers unfinished ceilings. It can be used for both residential and commercial applications.
On one of my trade-show trips I met the guys selling a product called Zip-Up Ceiling®. They are great guys and I ‘m really impressed with their product. What came immediately to mind when I saw their product is how well it would work for finishing basement ceilings because it takes up much less headroom than almost any other alternative. That solves that claustrophobic feeling you get in most basements where a drop ceiling has been installed. Because Zip-Up Ceiling only takes up two inches you maximize the headroom space. I thought to myself: “My customers are going to love this.”
What is Zip-Up Ceiling®?
Zip-up Ceiling is a ceiling surface product for covering unfinished ceilings. It is comprised of durable interlocking PVC panels and rails that provide a flat, grid-free, non-corrugated washable surface.
Why do they call it Zip-up Ceiling?
Because, after the rails are installed, the panels, which are the visible surface of the system, are simply zipped into the rails. If you ever need to take them down to get access to install or repair wiring, or clean the panels, the panels can be literally unzipped from the rails. And, since the manufacturer warrants that the system is free from defects in manufacturing materials and workmanship for 25 years from the date of purchase and that the components will continue to zip together for that time—you can be unzipping and zipping for years to come.
What do I think its benefits are?
As a contractor, it is important that I use high quality, durable, and attractive materials. After all, I only get referrals from happy customers. So, I’m always looking for products that can provide my customers with great value, functionality and durability. Here are some of the things I like about this product:
- it provides a quick and easy way to finish ceilings—saving my customers money
- it can be used in a multitude of commercial and residential settings with open ceilings. E.g., basements and storage rooms or any space with an unfinished ceiling
- it saves headroom (takes up only a two inches)—so you don’t get that claustrophobic feeling you get in most basements
- it provides a better alternative to the traditional drop ceiling because:
- it looks better—it’s flat and doesn’t have that age-old grid look
- it is more economical—installs in about half of the time as its alternatives
- it takes up less head room—only two inches
- it allows accessibility to overhead plumbing and wiring—so you’ll never have any damage when you need to get access
- it provides a better alternative to drywalling:
- it is impervious to water
- it can be cleaned with water
- is mould and mildew resistant
- it allows accessibility to overhead plumbing and wiring—avoiding having to break through and repatch the drywall
- it has a clean, grid-free look
- it is easy to clean
- it is stain, mould, & mildew resistant
- its interlocking design is water-tight
- it is paintable with latex paint so it can seamlessly blend in with your space’s decor
And no, we don’t distribute this product. We also don’t get a special deal from them. My intention is only to let my customers know about great products that will do the best job at meeting their needs. I think this is one of them.
So, if you are looking to finish your basement, storage room or any other space with an unfinished ceiling you should take a look at Zip-up Ceiling. Or, if your current drop ceiling is looking tired and you’re fed up with the low headroom, why not remove it and update your look. And, if you ever have to add a new computer station later on, the ceiling can be unzipped (yes, I said unzipped) for easy installation of additional wiring.
If you have any questions that I haven’t answered here please feel free to contact us.
That’s all for now. Until next time, we’ll keep “Building it Right!”™