How to raise a ceiling?

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What is the best, safest, and budget friendly way to raise a ceiling in a manufactured home? Thanking you in advance. :)

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  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Aug 18, 2018

    There are some questions I need answered before I can give you any real advice. How much higher do you want the ceiling to be, are you wanting something like a vaulted ceiling, what type of ceiling do you want (drywall, paneling, tongue and groove,etc.).

    • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Aug 18, 2018

      Well, here's the story.....it's an older manufactured home that has glued finger jointed trusses that have dried out. Absolutely NO plywood, can't walk on the roof so repairs have to be made from the inside out. I love a challenge and thought why not raise the ceiling a foot or create a cathedral style if the whole house has to be done. I've seen new roofs being installed over the existing roof, but then the interior is still a problem. I only want to do this once and want to do it right. Thanks for responding. I appreciate it.

  • Galen W. Yoder Galen W. Yoder on Aug 18, 2018

    Manufactured homes are built entirely different from a stick built home. The truss and rafter system you have in your MH is what you are stuck with, unless you plan on spending a great deal of money to have it re-done you are locked into what is currently there.

    • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Aug 18, 2018

      Yup, already had to repair the living room section of the home. The original glued finger jointed sections have dried out and fallen apart. Absolutely NO plywood, just metal and a roof over. Can't even walk on the roof. I don't mind the hard work, it's like puzzle and a wonderful challenge, but I'd like advice from someone who might have made similar repairs. Thanks for responding.

  • William William on Aug 18, 2018

    Not something that can be easily done. You are dealing with changing the structural integrity of the of the home. Not something that should be attempted.

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    • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Aug 19, 2018

      I like your spunk! I have no doubt you’ll get your raised ceiling.

  • Galen W. Yoder Galen W. Yoder on Aug 18, 2018

    Diana, If the MH is an older model and in that bad of shape, have you looked into buying a used newer unit. you could probably find one for the amount of money spent on your proposed repairs and remodeling.

    • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Aug 19, 2018

      The MH is a 24x56 1976 Buddy model and is in good shape with decent bones. Other than the roofing issue, everything is good with only several changes/replacements over the last 6 years. Our plans are to replace and secure a solid roofing structure this fall. Thank you for your advice and comments. I appreciate your time.