The pros and cons of high ceilings

The use of high ceilings in homes has made a massive comeback in recent years. And with the numerous benefits of high ceilings it is easy to see why they are highly coveted real estate assets. If you seek to create a sense of history and grandeur, then high ceilings might just be the thing for you. Moreover, high ceilings are more than just impressive looking accessories, they also help make spaces look and feel bigger. This makes high ceilings an ideal ceiling option for small spaces. Let us take a closer look at the pros and cons of high ceilings.

The benefits of high ceilings

Aesthetics

To start with, high ceilings are considered to be majestic. It is no wonder therefore that they exponentially improve the aesthetics and general look of your home. By adding an air of luxury to a space, high ceilings are ideal in creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.

Property value

High ceilings are essential to creating and increasing the illusion of space in your home. This is particularly beneficial as makes a positive impact on your property value. As such, property investors tend to prefer high ceilings as they increase their property’s resale value.

Space

High ceilings are very important in adding the illusion of space and grandeur to any room. This is particularly important in small rooms that are used with great frequency. Small rooms can quickly become claustrophobic and high ceilings can help create a much-needed sense of space. The use of high ceilings can be instrumental in transforming small rooms into large spaces.

The setbacks of high ceilings

High ceilings often come with some inconveniences that most homeowners don’t anticipate. Here are some setbacks that make high ceilings less-than ideal for some homeowners.

Maintenance

Similar to any other wall, ceilings are susceptible to cracking. This means that ceilings require repairs and repainting from time to time. Needless to say, carrying out maintenance works on high ceilings can be quite difficult due to their height. This is particularly more difficult in older homes that contain ornate crown moulding which is extremely difficult to clean at any height. As such, you will most likely require some special tools and accessories to accomplish any maintenance tasks.

Noise

High ceilings tend to make rooms cavernous thereby creating echoes and carrying noises. This noise can carry throughout the house and even next door. With this in mind, high ceilings can be quite a nightmare for anyone requiring silence, sleep, or simply wants to concentrate. The carrying of sounds and noises can be problematic if you leave in close proximity to your neighbours. Your neighbours may not appreciate the noise and this can cause tension.

Heating

Heat often rises and it can therefore get quite cold under high ceilings. Therefore, heating a home is more difficult and expensive where high ceilings are concerned. If you have a mortgage and other high expenses then a high ceiling and the associated costs are not a good idea. This is worth considering before to commit to installing high ceilings in your home.

Cooling

Similar to heating concerns, it is more difficult and expensive to cool a home that has high ceilings. It will require an extra effort and resources to cool a space with high ceilings. This will therefore increase your energy bill.

Price

Finally, it is worth noting that homes with high ceilings are often priced at a premium. Although high ceilings do not actually make a space bigger, the illusion that they do tends to make home more expensive.

 

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