Have you ever had a real malted milk shake? I mean, one made using ice cream made from real cream? Well, if you come to Cincinnati, Ohio, you must go to Aglamesis Ice Cream parlor on Madison Road in Oakley. As your head tilts back while you're waiting for that last drop to drip from the old fashioned metal mixing cup, you will undoubtedly see the 100 year old original metal stamped ceiling. The 14 foot metal ceiling has a rich center pattern, a detailed filler strip and is finished off with a handsomely detailed metal cornice or crown molding. The ceiling looks to be in excellent condition. It is a testimonial to the people who made the material and installed it. I often wonder how many materials that are installed this year will be around 100 years from now?
Acoustical ceiling tiles are great for noise reduction and soundproofing. The soundproofing material is made from spun mineral wool fiber mixed with starch. Your choices of different patterns and grid systems have increased tremendously.
Ceiling cracks can be caused by your roof trusses absorbing moisture during hot weather. This truss uplift can be controlled by the homeowner with a little effort or by getting the builder to install L-shaped truss clips on the top of interior walls.
Building a vaulted ceiling can be accomplished by the DIY'r, however you must be a very good DIY'r. Check first with a structural engineer. You don't want your roof to collapse. Try to think of building for the future with added electrical wiring.