What’s a tray ceiling?

What’s a Tray Ceiling?

Tray ceiling is a type of roofing system which consists of two or more layers of metal panels bolted together at the top and bottom. They are usually made from sheet steel with some aluminum added. These roofs can range in height from 2 feet up to 12 feet high and have been used since the late 19th century.

The term “tray” refers to the metal sheets that make up the roof. Trays are sometimes referred to as “vaulted ceilings.” A typical tray ceiling is 2×4 trays bolted together with a 1/2 inch thick layer of wood or other material between them.

Some manufacturers use plywood instead of wood, but it doesn’t provide nearly as much insulation and isn’t quite as strong.

In addition to being used for roofs, trays are often used as fireproofing around windows and doors. When they’re not being used for such purposes, they can be found attached to wall studs or nailed into the floor. They may even be installed vertically in a ceiling joist to create a vertical veneer (see photo).

Tray ceilings come in many different materials including:

Aluminum – Popular because it’s lightweight and easy to work with.

Trays are not just found in old homes anymore. You’ll see them in many new homes nowadays. There are several reasons why they’re becoming popular again:

They look nice.

They save money on heating and cooling costs (in fact, they may even be cheaper than traditional roofs). If you live in a cold climate where the temperature rarely drops below freezing, then you probably want your home to stay warm year round! The disadvantage is that it’s relatively soft and can dent and/or bend easily.

Stainless steel – Used primarily in industrial, marine, and commercial buildings because it’s durable and rust-resistant. It’s heavier than most other types of tray material and more expensive as well.

Low-carbon steel – One of the most common tray materials. It’s heavy like stainless but doesn’t cost as much.

They offer a lot of sound deadening so you don’t have to listen to loud music as much while you’re in your bedroom (and the people in the next apartment over won’t have to listen either).

If you’re worried about moisture problems, then you may prefer tray ceilings because they allow any leaking water to drip on the ceiling below rather than onto the floor or wall.

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Trays are easy to install yourself and most building supply stores carry them. It can be painted, coated, or galvanized to prevent rust. Galvanizing is a process that eliminates the need to paint or coat it.

Aluminum – Heavier than low-carbon steel so it doesn’t rust as easily. It’s a little more expensive than low-carbon steel but if you’re looking for something lightweight then this might be a good choice.

Black steel – This is also a common tray material. If you’re worried about leaks, then you can take preventative measures such as installing sump pumps and back flow preventers.

If you want to build an underground room of any kind, I highly recommend using tray ceilings because it makes it much easier to insulate the room (which, in turn, makes the room more energy efficient). It’s typically galvanized to prevent rust.

Galvanization is a process that eliminates the need to paint or coat it. Galvanized steel doesn’t cost much more than low-carbon steel.

Stainless – It’s very expensive like black steel but it doesn’t rust and weighs less than black steel so it’s favored for marine applications.

Wood – Rarely used in modern construction because of fire safety concerns.

You don’t want any cold air coming in from the ground below or hot air escaping up into the ground. You also want to protect the room as much as possible from water leaks due to rain or even groundwater.

Trays are typically sold in 4’x8′ sheets. It’s used more commonly in rural areas where fire departments are far away and people aren’t as concerned about house fires.

Plywood or OSB (Oriented Strand Board) – Used in many homes that were built in the 1950s and older. Both materials are somewhat flammable but less so when compared to traditional wood. It’s brittle and can easily crack if the tray has screws or nails in it.

The standard size of a doorway is 7′ tall and 6′ wide. That means you can cover 4 sheets of plywood for every doorway in your new room.

Hopefully, you went with the 8-foot tall shelves. If so, then that means you can cover 6 sheets of plywood for every doorway. You can’t paint or coat plywood or OSB.

Particle Board (PB) – Made of wood pulp and sawdust. It’s less flammable than plywood or OSB but is even more brittle. It shouldn’t be used at all unless you’re putting a load-bearing wall underneath it.

Even then, I’d still use plywood or OSB instead.

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If you really want to go all out, then you can have shelves that are 9 or 10 feet tall. That will cost more money because they take longer to build and are heavier. You’ll need to buy more lumber and it will be harder to find furniture to fit in the shelves.

However, it’ll make your room much more spacious looking. The taller the shelves, the fewer you can have so it’s a trade-off. You can’t paint or coat particle board.

Hardboard (HDF) – Made from wood pulp but has greater density and strength than particle board. It’s more expensive than either but is the best material to use as the top layer of your walls. Hardboard is very tough and can withstand nail guns just fine.

You can’t paint or coat hardboard.

If you have 10-foot tall shelves, then you can only have 8 foot wide doors. That means the only way to get into the room is to go through the hatch in the floor.

I would also recommend screwing the trays into the floor. Otherwise, if any dirt falls away from the sides of the tray (and it will), it could cause a potentially dangerous situation where your tray is no longer supported by the ground below it.

Hardboard can be nailed directly to plywood and OSB. You’ll need at least two layers of it on your walls because particle board and plywood aren’t quite strong enough to serve as the exterior layer of your walls.

You can’t build your shelves as tall with this material but the shelves are stronger and you don’t have to worry about the weight limit of your shelves.

I would also keep in mind that the shelves can support a lot more weight than you think. I would guess that each shelf is capable of holding at least 1,000 lbs. If your trays are full of soil, then they’re not going to be as strong.

Since you have so many shelves, you probably won’t need to line the walls with anything other than hardboard. You should be able to save a lot of money that way. You’ll need three or four layers of hardboard on your walls if you choose this option.

You can’t use either material for the floor of your shelves. You’d need something a lot stronger for that and plywood would be too heavy.

I’ve done a lot of research and I think the best option is to use those metal sheets that look like scales from a fish. They’re extremely light but very strong.

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The shelves probably won’t be too noticeable since you’ll have a lot of plants on them. You really should fill them with soil as well. This will make the shelves a lot stronger and enable you to use them to grow your plants on.

You have dozens of plants to choose from when filling your shelves. Most of them are usually found in horticulture catalogs or home supply stores. Hiding the fact that they are alive shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

You can get them in various lengths and widths at most home improvement stores. You’ll have to custom cut them for your floor but I think you can use tin snips to do that.

You’ll also need to put a frame around the outside of each shelf with 3 or 4 inch wide strips of plywood or hardboard. This is both to keep the metal sheets from bowing out and also so you don’t fall through the cracks between the sheets. A lot of them have vines that can creep along the floor and larger plants can be placed in the corners.

The shelves will look very green and lush.

Of course, your mother might suspect something but if you keep your door locked then she shouldn’t be able to enter without your permission. Light isn’t a problem since you’ll have dozens of bulbs hanging from the ceiling.

You could also cover the windows with some kind of drapes or sheets. The metal sheets can be tough to cut so you may need someone to help you.

These shelves should be more than strong enough to hold up under your plants. They can even be fixed into the walls for added sturdiness. The metal sheets are no wider than your hand so try to get them in lengths that won’t require cutting.

You could also use these metal sheets on the floor of your shelving unit if you’re careful with where you place them. You may need to keep them open during the day so that you get enough sunlight but you can close them at night.

Your shelves will be large enough for you to walk on top of and there will be a lot of room for your plants and other items. You’ll probably have to get a small step ladder for some of the higher shelves since you won’t be able to reach the top shelves otherwise.

You could even grow small fruit trees on some of the shelves. You’ll still want a frame to contain them but the weight of the soil should keep them in place.

This is a great way to save money and you’ll have your very own garden that no one can snoop through or steal from.

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Although he wanted to be more outgoing and liked to spend time working on his computer, he still managed to have some friends that were mostly all girls (and tolerated by other kids as a friend). His name was Kyle Baker. You should be able to rig up a system to water them from the bottom since you won’t want to waste your precious drinking water on them. You’ll have to keep an eye on the trees and harvest the fruit before it rots though.

You could also have some shelves just for growing food. You can put soil and seedlings on these shelves and then transfer the plants to the soil of other shelves when they get larger.

This would be a lot of work for just yourself to do but you should be able to finish it before you graduate High School if you spend most of your time working on it.

You can decorate the room anyway you want but make sure to place your shelves in a way that allows access to all parts of the walls and floor. You must also place an air vent in the corner of the room opposite of the door.

Your mother is a typical mother and will usually try to distract you from doing anything stupid or dangerous. Her main concern is that oak trees aren’t strong enough to support the weight of the shelves when filled with water.

She’s also worried about you messing up the humidity and temperature of the room which could be a potential fire hazard. She doesn’t really understand how artificial lighting will help plant growth but if that’s what you want to do, she’ll let you do it. She will make sure to remind you about taking care of the plants everyday though.

She wants something on the wall other than your computer desk and gaming systems. She’ll also want you to clean up your room every once in awhile so it’s less of a mess.

Although she doesn’t understand your love for World of Warcraft, she’ll still play with you from time to time. If you need to go buy more equipment for your plants she might go with you if she’s bored.

You mother will never find out that you sometimes smoke marijuana with Jim, the town stoner whenever he manages to get his hands on some good stuff.

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