Problems With Vaulted Ceilings

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While vaulted ceilings have some downfalls, they have some pros too.
While vaulted ceilings have some downfalls, they have some pros too. (Image: ceiling fan image by Adrian Hillman from Fotolia.com)

Vaulted ceilings have many benefits. For example, they can create a feeling of more open space, they look elegant and can add an air of sophistication to an otherwise dull area. Despite their many pros, vaulted ceilings also have their share of disadvantages. Whether you're installing a vaulted ceiling for a new home being built, a new rental space to lease or for a house available for purchase, weigh the pros and cons before making your decision.

Difficult to Decorate

Due to the extended height of a vaulted ceiling, decoration becomes increasingly difficult. Tasks such as painting, hanging wallpaper or hanging pictures often requires a ladder, which can be uncomfortable and unsafe for some homeowners.

Costly Utilities

The extra height from a vaulted ceiling ultimately creates higher utility costs. The more air space there is in a room, the longer heating or cooling the air takes, thus requiring more energy. Depending on the height of the ceiling, it may also require an increase of lighting fixtures -- or at least more powerful bulbs -- to light up the entire room.

Difficult to Clean

Regardless of regular cleaning habits, cobwebs and dust are likely to form in the corners of ceilings and on any lighting fixtures and ceiling fans that hang from the ceiling. The height makes efficiently removing dust difficult without the need for a ladder. The height problem also applies to any general maintenance, such as changing light bulbs.

Sound Problems

The slopes of vaulted ceilings often cause sound waves to bounce around sporadically, more than with flat ceilings. Depending on the height of the ceiling, this can either create echoes within the room or make hearing sound due to the large empty space difficult, which can be especially frustrating if a TV or family room has a vaulted ceiling.

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