By Gene and
A ceiling grid with tiles is popular in basements for concealing pipes and wires, but over time the metal grid can become pitted and rusted. Sure, you can prime and paint the grid after removing all the tiles, but an easier solution is to use grid covers, made of high grade PVC plastic that's easy to cut and install. The pre-notched covers provide a seamless transition at the cross-tees where they intersect and where the grid meets the wall. GridMAX covers are designed for either 2-foot-by-2-foot or 2-foot-by-4-foot grid systems; they're sold at home centers and may require special ordering.
A handyman will charge $264 to install the grid covers on 300 square feet of ceiling, which includes labor and material; but you can do the job for $185 and save 30 percent. It's a quick fix project that you can do in a few hours and get almost instant results.
If the tiles are discolored, give them a facelift with paint. Remove the tiles from the ceiling grid, lay them on a flat surface and use a primer like Kilz, followed by a flat latex paint applied with a roller.
For more product information go to GridMAX.
The average price to install grid covers noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2017
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.