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Old 06-18-2016, 10:05 AM
 
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Hopefully this won't be moved as it's specific to Tennessee.
I've noticed a lot of homes listed on internet home sales sites show acoustic tiles on some or even most of the ceilings of older homes.
My first assumption would be homeowners without drywall skills or the money to hire out (no judgment), place the tiles as a cheap alternative to hide water damage, etc.
For those that know, am I correct in my thoughts? Or is it a barnstar like thing?
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Old 06-18-2016, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Hopefully this won't be moved as it's specific to Tennessee.
I've noticed a lot of homes listed on internet home sales sites show acoustic tiles on some or even most of the ceilings of older homes.
My first assumption would be homeowners without drywall skills or the money to hire out (no judgment), place the tiles as a cheap alternative to hide water damage, etc.
For those that know, am I correct in my thoughts? Or is it a barnstar like thing?
Do you mean a drop ceiling, like this?



Where in TN are you looking? The only places I've ever seen acoustic tiles is in some basements.
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Old 06-18-2016, 07:18 PM
 
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Do you mean a drop ceiling, like this?



Where in TN are you looking? The only places I've ever seen acoustic tiles is in some basements.
I agree. It's not uncommon to see them in basements, I think in order to give easy access to plumbing and wiring. But I've never seen them in other parts of the house.
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Old 06-19-2016, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Sullivan County, Tennessee
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This might be connected to the sheet paneling (4-8 Birch, walnut, etc.) craze that began in the early 60's and has long since faded from popularity. Since drywall or plaster was not used on the walls an alternative to drywall/plaster overhead was to install furring strips to the overhead joists and install interlocking (stapled in place) 12x12 acoustic tiles for the ceilings. This was really a rather low skill installation that would go up quickly.

My folks had a rather large family room addition in 1961 that used some really nice 1/4-3/8 birch paneling and acoustic tiles overhead. The early paneling was really a quality product but the competition really cheapened and marginalized this sheet paneling market until the product seems to have disappeared from everything but the manufactured housing market.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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I agree. It's not uncommon to see them in basements, I think in order to give easy access to plumbing and wiring. But I've never seen them in other parts of the house.
Same here.
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Old 06-22-2016, 12:29 PM
 
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My question was in regards to the tiles that JIM37680 talked about. While looking at the various internet real estate sites, I've seen them in a number of rooms not related to the basement. These are not drop ceiling tiles usually reserved for commercial or basement applications.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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My question was in regards to the tiles that JIM37680 talked about. While looking at the various internet real estate sites, I've seen them in a number of rooms not related to the basement. These are not drop ceiling tiles usually reserved for commercial or basement applications.
Are you looking in a particular area? I've seen a few old building with a Victorian style ceiling and houses with the old popcorn ceilings. Perhaps it was a trend in the particular area you are looking at. Homes I have been in, in my area, have either sheetrock or wood ceilings with the exception of a few very old buildings that have the Victorian style ceiling tiles.
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:41 PM
 
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I've been looking in East and Middle Tennessee. Popcorn is no problem. It can either be left or scraped and textured and painted easy enough. It's just what may be hidden under a "remodeled' ceiling.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:52 AM
 
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I've been looking in East and Middle Tennessee. Popcorn is no problem. It can either be left or scraped and textured and painted easy enough. It's just what may be hidden under a "remodeled' ceiling.
You definitely want a good inspection done on any house you want to buy. Getting a good structural engineer to inspect is well worth the money.
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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I've been looking in East and Middle Tennessee. Popcorn is no problem. It can either be left or scraped and textured and painted easy enough. It's just what may be hidden under a "remodeled' ceiling.
Could you give a link to the add so we could actually see it.
I would think if it were a much older house and had the victorian style tiles there could possibly be real wood under it. If its some cheap asbestos looking ceiling tile who knows. Could you ask the realtor?
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