When it comes to choosing what to put on the ceiling above your shower, you have a few different options. You could go with a standard tile or drywall, or you could add some extra character by installing a beautiful wood-planked ceiling. No matter what you choose, be sure to take into account the humidity and moisture levels in your bathroom to make sure that whatever material you select can withstand the conditions.

What to put on ceiling above shower, Zazzy Home

Sealants these days are far more durable than they used to be, so many of them will do just fine when exposed to high levels of water vapor and/or condensation from hot showers. In fact, most people won’t even notice much difference between wood planking and other materials in terms of durability if all of the installed components are of the highest quality.
The biggest downside to wood planking is that it’s possible for water vapor and mold to become trapped between the planks, which can lead to a permanent discoloration of the grout lines over time. Fortunately, this potential problem can be easily prevented by using LED lights along with your planks.

Just make sure you keep an eye on moisture levels and humidity in your bathroom – high levels can damage some materials but won’t pose any problems for others – and you’ll be good to go! If you ever notice condensation or water droplets forming on your ceiling above your shower, try turning up the heat in your bathroom during showers if possible (or just take shorter showers).

What to put on ceiling above shower, Zazzy Home

It may also help to install a humidity sensor light somewhere above your shower head. These sensors will automatically turn on any LED lights along the ceiling as soon as they detect higher levels of humidity, which should help prevent discoloration over time.

Wood planking itself is generally pretty easy to clean, although it may be more difficult to wipe down if your grout lines have been discolored over time by trapped moisture and/or mold. In this case, you’ll have no choice but to scrub them with an abrasive cleaner until they’re gone – always check the cleaner’s label for instructions about how long it can be left on wood surfaces before being rinsed off, though! Also, keep in mind that this type of cleaning often won’t do much good for old or stubborn mold stains.

What to put on ceiling above shower, Zazzy Home

One of the biggest complaints about wood-planked ceilings is that they absorb heat, causing your air conditioner to work harder during warmer months (and thus increasing your electricity bill). If you’re worried about this issue, consider using ceiling tiles with a high R-value instead; these can help reduce heat transfer into your bathroom even though they won’t be quite as attractive as wood planks.

Although it isn’t nearly as common to see ceiling tiles installed above showers in homes these days, if you have an older home with low humidity levels and no signs of mold problems, this may actually be the best option for you. Just keep in mind that many materials used for shower tile will require special sealants that can resist water vapor since they’re likely to be exposed to high levels of humidity on a daily basis.

If your bathroom tends to get wet or humid for extended periods of time every day (for example: if you live in Florida and take hot showers), then avoiding shower-related leaks and condensation will probably involve either installing specialized roofing materials or using very high-quality materials like marble or fine-grained wood.

We hope you found this article helpful. If your bathroom is wet or humid despite your best efforts, then one of the options listed above may be all that you need to fix the problem.
However, suppose it becomes apparent that moisture is constantly getting through cracks in your ceiling (or under the edges).

In that case, it’s time to move on to plan B: waterproofing your entire ceiling with a special coating before installing any type of ceiling material at all. This will require hiring an experienced contractor, so do some research before making any decisions about this step so you can avoid spending money on something you don’t really need.

Of course, none of these issues may be a problem for you if they’re not common in your area, in which case the best thing to do is simply install whichever ceiling materials look and feel the most attractive to you!


Interior designer and home improvement blogger, Abby has over 20 years of experience in the field. After working as a designer in New York City, she moved to the suburbs and began blogging about her design projects and tips. Abby's work has been featured in magazines and online, and she is always looking for new ways to make her home look beautiful and inviting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and hiking.

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