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Replacing ceiling with concrete instead of drywall????

Contractor using concrete over some kind of metal mesh to ceiling in 1949 single family home . Originally had plywood (not drywall and room was an add-on), which came down due to rotted wood beams underneath. He replaced some beams, added the mesh, is troweling in concrete. I don't like the looks of it so far and am worried. No other room in the house has concrete ceiling.

For what it's worth, the added on ceiling was surrounding by concrete - just not in the center of the ceiling. But surrounding walls and frame of center is concrete.

Did I make a big mistake? Should I pay and have it all removed and drywall put up? Please help...this is new territory for me...:confused::

Re: Replacing ceiling with concrete instead of drywall????

Sounds like he is plastering over metal lath. The only thing is the cost difference, because real plaster is superior in terms of strength and durability. It is not as susceptible to water damage, either.
You will need to wait longer until it is dry enough to paint.

A. Spruce
Re: Replacing ceiling with concrete instead of drywall????

I agree, sounds like lath and plaster, and he's doing it because that is what is original to the space and because he can. Plaster is done in layers, the first one or two are rough and ugly for a reason, the final layer gets troweled to match the surrounding area.

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